According to Nevada state law, NRS 484C.230, a person can be accused of
DUI with Injury if a driver acts negligently and drives while impaired, causing
physical harm or death to another person. Although this may seem straightforward,
these types of charges can become highly complex.
To help you understand more about the law, our Reno DUI defense lawyer
has listed three things you should know about DUIs resulting in Injury:
1. A Person Can Be Charged with a Misdemeanor or a Felony for a DUI with
In most cases, a person will be charged with a felony offense if they cause
serious bodily harm or death to a person while driving under the influence
of drugs or alcohol. However, if the other person is not severely harmed,
a criminal defense lawyer may be able to have a person’s charges
reduced to a misdemeanor. Of course, the attorney would have to prove
that the damages were not enough to be considered “serious bodily
harm” or death.
2. If Convicted, the Penalties for Such an Offense Can Be Serious
If a person is convicted of driving under the influence and causing another
driver harm as a result, the impaired driver may face
heavy fines and serious consequences, including the following:
- A minimum of 2 years in Nevada State prison
- Prison sentence up to 20 years
- Fine ranging from $2,000 to $5,000
- License revocation or license suspension
- Mandatory Nevada ignition interlock device in order to reinstate rights to drive
3. A Skilled Lawyer May Be Able to Prove that Even Though a Person Was
Driving Under the Influence, Alternate Conditions Led to the Other Person’s Injuries.
If an attorney can prove that another driver was not injured as a direct
result of the individual’s impaired driving, the impaired driver
may not be held responsible for the driver’s harm.
In fact, an attorney can examine the following to determine whether the
driver should actually be charged with DUI with Injury:
- Weather condition
- Road conditions
- Damage to each vehicle involved in the accident
- Related evidence such as statements from witnesses
- Police reports
We Can Fight for Your Rights 24/7
If you have been charged with DUI with Injury or with any other DUI-related
offense, get in touch with our Reno DUI defense attorneys at Joey Gilbert
Law right away. We can examine every aspect of your case and build a strong
defense that can safeguard your rights and future. When it comes to these
kinds of charges, we believe it is important to put experience on your
side of the courtroom, and that is why we are here.
Do not hesitate for another moment.
Contact our Reno criminal defense lawyers and let us fight to protect your freedom!