Reno drunk driving charges require an aggressive defense in the face of increasing penalties

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.


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