Released DUI Offenders Sent Back to Prison

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.


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