DUI Accident Saga in Reno Illustrates Back-and-Forth over Tough Nevada DUI Laws

If you need any more convincing that those charged with drunk driving in Reno will face tougher drunk driving measures going forward, look no further than the Gazette-Journal article </about the arrest of a repeat offender.

Lake Tahoe DUI defense attorneys in Nevada and California understand that the laws are only going to get tougher. Loopholes are going to close. Second chances are going to get harder to come by, and ignition interlock devices and other penalties are going to become more common and grow more severe. As we reported recently on or blog, politicians get a free pass when it comes to bashing drunk driving offenders. There is no opposition. With the possible exception of sex offenders, there is no crime better for appearing tough on crime.

In this case, the defendant was convicted in connection with a traffic car accident that claimed the life of his wife in 1999. The Gazette-Journal’s only worry is that he did not have an ignition interlock device installed upon his release from prison. And that he didn’t have to wait three years to get his license back.

Enforcement advocates also contend he should have been charged with a felony upon being rearrested.

Former, Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, told the Gazette-Journal that “the public is at risk when our laws are not being enforced.” The newspaper notes she is working on researching the state’s drunk driving laws for the 2011 legislative session. Current state law requires an ignition interlock device in the wake of all felony DUI convictions. She is in favor of evaluating whether the devices should be mandated for all convictions.

The presence of alcohol turned a tragedy into a felony offense when his wife was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1999. He was sentenced to 6 to 15 years in prison. He was paroled in 2007 and arrested for DUI in 2008 following the death of his mother. He pleaded not guilty to the drunk driving charge and quit drinking — but was returned to prison on a parole violation.

The media wants to know why he was permitted to get a driver’s license without a three year wait, as required by law for someone convicted of a DUI accident causing death or serious bodily harm. He just wants to know why he can’t get on with his life after the death of his wife and a decade behind bars.

Incredibly, the politicians intend to use the case as an example of why we need tougher DUI laws.

If you or loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence, contact our DUI defense team at Joey Gilbert & Associates, Ltd. for a free confidential consultation. We can help! Live receptionist 24/ 7. Call (775) 574-4774


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