A recent study by the Reno Gazette Journal has found that people in the
Reno area who drive drunk or while intoxicated from alcohol or drugs are
receiving lighter prison sentences than those found guilty of the same
crimes in Las Vegas. More specifically, DUI offenders in Clark County
were sentenced to terms well above the two year mark that the same offenders
received in Washoe County. It seems that the study found twenty percent
more people receive a lower sentence in Washoe County than those DUI offenders
who also killed someone while driving impaired in Clark County. The study
also found that many of the sentences ordered were lower than the punishments
recommended by the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation.
After the reports of this study went public, it seems clear that those
who drive while impaired or while high on drugs or alcohol in Reno and
kill or severely injure a person will be sentenced to a higher prison
term more consistent with what is being handed out in Clark County. The
bottom line is, if you have been drinking or using prescription drugs,
including marijuana for medical and/or medicinal purposes, you should
not drive for any reason because the end result could be a lengthy prison sentence.
If you or loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence,
contact our criminal defense team at Joey Gilbert Law for a free confidential
consultation. We can help! Call (775) 574-4774.