Nevada Attorney General Catherin Cortez recently filed a bill draft request
with the Nevada legislature aiming to clarify the law governing DUI "house
arrests." As the law stands, a person who kills or injures another
while driving under the influence is required (by law) to spend two years
in jail, not just house arrest as some had interpreted the law.
A study conducted through the University of Nevada, Reno's political
science department found that out of the 113 offenders who had been charged
with the Attorney General's DUI "house arrest" law- 40 had
been released before their two year sentence had come to fruition.
The majority were found to have been released within three to four months
of their two-year term and were since serving on house arrest under a
government run Special Correction Program.
According to Attorney General Cortez- these early releases were not authorized
or in conjunction with her law. Cortez ordered eight of the early released
offenders be returned back to prison to finish their two-year terms.
A motion was filed with the Nevada Supreme Court requesting that the offenders
be put back in the Special Correction Program and be re- released from
prison. An attorney for one of the offenders called Cortez's move
"political" claiming that it was motivated by an upcoming re-election campaign.
The Supreme Court has not come to a verdict on the matter but could call
for a hearing on the issue in the near future.
If you are facing drunk driving charges in Reno or criminal charges, contact the
Reno criminal defense attorneys at Joey Gilbert Law to discuss your rights.
Call (775) 574-4774 today for a free confidential consultation. Se Habla Español.