The Reno Gazette-Journal reports lawmakers intend to push for harsher drunk
driving laws and stiffer penalties during the 2011 legislative session.
The penalties for drunk driving in Nevada continue to get harsher with
each year and the tolerance of law enforcement is essentially non-existent.
The result is many marginal cases where a motorist is arrested and charged
under questionable circumstances. Hiring a Reno DUI defense attorney is
a vital step in protecting your rights regardless of the circumstances
of your Nevada drunk driving arrest.
Lawmakers and safety advocates are now pushing for mandatory ignition interlock
devices for all convictions — a system that requires a convicted
drunk driver to blow into a machine before his or her car will start.
The Gazette-Journal claimed during a series of articles that not enough
judges were requiring the devices for all offenders. Ignition interlocks
are just one of the many ways a DUI conviction will impact a defendant’s
life. Job loss, jail time, thousands of dollars in court costs and fines,
probation, treatment, loss of drivers’ license and a criminal record
are other frequent consequences of a DUI conviction in Nevada.
Another debated requirement would lower the threshold for mandatory psychological
evaluations from 1.8 to 1.5 blood-alcohol level. Higher fines are also
being considered and are a virtual certainty in these tough economic times
with state and local governments looking for every dime. Currently, first-time
offenders face fines of up to $1,000.
Hiring an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer in Reno can often result
in a reduction or dismissal of drunk driving charges. Probable cause for
the car stop and the results of field sobriety tests and breathalyzer
examinations will all be taken into consideration by a DUI defense lawyer,
who can then speak with you about the best course of action in your case.
Frequently, motorists think that field sobriety tests are used by an officer
to determine whether or not they are intoxicated and that passing the
exam will permit them to go on their way. This is rarely the case. Typically,
an officer has already decided to charge you with drunk driving and is
simply attempting to collect evidence of your guilt. The results of field
sobriety tests are nothing more than an officer’s opinion of whether
or not you were intoxicated as he seeks evidence of the fact that …
you were driving intoxicated!
Keeping a DUI off your driving record is more important than ever before,
and the best defense against a Reno DUI charge is an aggressive offense.
If you are facing drunk driving charges in Reno or criminal charges in
connection with a Nevada car accident, contact the Reno criminal defense
attorneys at Joey Gilbert Law to discuss your rights. Call
(775) 574-4774 today for a free confidential consultation.