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Nevada DUI statistics

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

crashed car

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR), two of the nation’s largest drunk driving advocates, released the statistics regarding DUI-related incidents in Nevada. Here are the data given to us by the organizations:

***Note the data provided are from the year 2012. There are no data released yet for the current year (2014). These however, may serve as a reference. We will update this blog post as soon as the new data are released by both organizations.

Total DUI fatalities: 82

  • People Under 21 DUI fatalities: 9

The 82 DUI related fatalities represents 30% of all the traffic deaths in Nevada. It means that one-third of motor vehicle related fatalities involves DUI. There are 9 cases of DUI fatalities that involves minors. Persons who are involved with DUI related fatalities will be charged with Category B Felony.

Offenders under Category B Felony shall be punished with imprisonment of not less than 2 years but not more than 20 years, plus fines between $2,000 and $5,000.

 

DUI-related fatalities that involves BAC of 0.15 or higher: 62

Out of 82 DUI related fatalities mentioned above, 62 involves people who have a BAC of 0.15 or higher. The data states that drivers who drive with a BAC of 0.15 or higher are prone to fatalities.

 

Percent of DUI-related vehicle crashes that involves repeating offender:

  • BAC of 0.08 – 0.14: Nil
  • BAC of 0.15 or more: 100%

Repeating offenders are found out to have a BAC of 0.15 or more. There are many reasons that can contribute to this factor. Some of them include:

  • The offenders are too drunk to drive properly (BAC of 0.15)
  • Due to the effects of alcohol, the offender may have forgotten that he is under probation.
  • The offenders did not participate in an alcohol treatment program.

Total DUI-related arrests: 11576

  • Minors (17 years old and below): 76

There are over 11,500 people who are arrested in Nevada alone. Over 70 people who are arrested for DUI involve minors (source FBI Crime Report). Note that the data include only those people who got arrested. There are people who drive under the influence of alcohol who didn’t get arrested.

Are you charged with DUI? Hire a Lawyer

DUI is a serious offense that requires immediate legal consultation from a prominent DUI lawyer. It carries severe penalties and can leave a permanent criminal record to the offender. Attorney Ross Goodman has defended numerous DUI cases that are dismissed by the court. He can help you turn the results of the case in your favor – either the penalties in the case will be reduced or the case will be dismissed. Call his office at (702) 383 5088 for a free legal consultation.

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Know more about Ignition Interlock Device Part 2

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

The part 1 of this article focused on the law behind the Ignition Interlock Device. Under Nevada’s law, the court shall order the installation of Ignition Interlock Devices if:

  • The person is found to have a BAC of 0.18 or more in his blood or breath
  • If the person is charged with DUI Felony
  • If the person is involved in a vehicular homicide
  • Caused a DUI related injury to other person

Interlock Devices are designed to control DUI offenders from operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

If you are charged with DUI, consult a lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Ross Goodman is the go-to lawyer when it comes to DUI-related offense. He can help reduce the charges against you, or may even have the case dismissed.

Installation of Ignition Interlock Devices

The Installation must be done by certified service providers. Here are some of the authorized Ignition Interlock providers in Nevada:

*Note the list was chosen at random

Ignition Interlock of Nevada
4375 E Sahara Ave Suite #25, Las Vegas, NV 89104
(800) 246-9586

Nevada Car Audio / Ignition Interlock of Nevada
130 B Linden St, Reno, NV 89502
(800) 246-9586

Audio Express
1420 S. Rainbow
Las Vegas, NV 89102

Car Doctor
Attn: Kevin
321 South Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89107

Vegas Auto Care
3530 South Jones
Las Vegas, NV 89103

The offender is required to install Ignition Interlock Devices on all the vehicle he or she owns and on every vehicle that he or she drives, whether if the offender owns the vehicle or not. If the offender drives a company vehicle to work, then IID must be installed on that vehicle.

Cost of Installation

According to NRS 484C.460, the offender would cover the expense of the Ignition Interlock Devices and all the cost associated with it. Below is a sample of installation cost.

Basic Fees Depending on State & Interlock Type
Installation $100 – 200
Monthly Charges $60 – 100/month
Other Fees Depending on State
Application Fee $25.00
First Violation Appointment Fee $25.00
Case Management Appointment Fee $55.00
Case Management Missed Appointment Fee $55.00
Monthly Appointment Fee $25.00
Monthly Missed Appointment Fee $25.00

(Source lifeguardbreathtester.com)

Our NRS states that after the installation of the device, the offender must have the device inspected by the manufacturer or service provider. Atleast “one” time each 90 days

How the device works

 how interlock device works

(image in courtesy of lifeguardbreathtester)

  1. The driver must blow into the mouthpiece
  2. Ignition Interlock Device would measure the Alcohol Level
  3. If the alcohol level exceeds 0.02, it would prevent the vehicle from starting.
  4. If the alcohol level is below 0.02, it would allow the vehicle to start.

A DUI charge is a life-changing event. A person can get imprisoned for many years and may be required to pay huge sums of money. Contact Goodman Law Group for free legal consultations.

Know more about Nevada’s Ignition Interlock Device Law

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

ignition interlock device

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There are cases when a judge authorizes the installation of Ignition Interlock Device (IID). The purpose of the IID is to control the alcohol consumption of the person, prevent vehicle-alcohol-related incident, and to regain the driving privileges of the convicted person.


Here are the things that you should know about Nevada’s Ignition Interlock device:

Legal Definition ( NRS 484C.450)

According to Nevada’s Law, IID is a “mechanism that tests a person’s breath to determine the alcohol concentration of the person. If the results indicate an alcohol concentration of 0.02 or more, the IID will prevent the vehicle from starting.” There are people who protest that 0.02 is too low, that other states use 0.04 as a baseline. It is important to know that Nevada is taking DUI seriously. Thus a lower baseline (0.02) has been set.

Administrative DUI License Revocation

This occurs if you fail a breath or blood test. The convicted person will have his or her license immediately suspended. A period of 7 days will be given to the person to challenge the case. If the case is left unchallenged, the license would be revoked for 90 days. During that time, a temporary license can be issued by the officer. This would allow the person to drive to the office, school, hospitals, alcohol counselling areas, etc. Nevada’s law allows the installation of Ignition Interlock Devices 45 days from the day of suspension.

Judicial DUI License Revocation

Judicial DUI Penalties happen after a trial or a plea agreement. The penalties include jail time, fine, license suspension, or community service in lieu of the jail time. In judicial license suspension, the convicted person can have his/her license reinstated through the installation of Ignition Interlock Device.  The IID will be installed at the own expense of the convicted person.

  • If the person is proven to have a BAC level of 0.18 or more, the court is required to order the person the installation of Ignition Interlock Device as a condition of license reinstatement.

*Note Nevada’s Judicial Charges is different from Administrative charges, with separate rulings and authorities.

License suspension (days) Ignition Interlock Restriction Period Ignition Interlock Restriction Period if BAC is 0.18 or more
1st offense 90 days 3 to 6 months – eligible after 45 days 1 to 3 years
2nd offense 1 year 3 to 6 months 1 to 3 years
3rd offense 3 years Mandatory 1 to 3 years Mandatory 1 to 3 years
4th offense 3 years Mandatory 1 to 3 years Mandatory 1 to 3 years

If you are facing DUI charges, we suggest that you consult with a reputable Defense Attorney. DWI defense attorneys such as Atty. Ross Goodman offer free consultation for DUI cases. He can help you appeal for the reinstatement of your license, lower the penalties or have your case dismissed, and get back your driving privileges.

DUI and Heroin

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

heroin

Heroin is one of the prohibited substances under the Nevada Revised Statutes. A minuscule amount of heroin in the person’s blood can get him or her arrested, even if the person appears to be driving safely. Its effect scan be felt around 5 – 10 seconds when injected and 10 – 15 minutes when snorted. The effects can last between 3 to 5 hours.


Here are the effects of Heroin that can affect the driving capabilities of a person:

  • It slows down brain activities – the ability to respond to fast paced situations is greatly diminished. Examples of faced paced situations are: when a child unexpectedly crosses the street, a sudden burst of tires, accidentally losing control of the vehicle such as a slip, etc.
  • Severe drowsiness – this is the common cause of most DUI-related incident. A person who is under the influence of heroin can experience severe drowsiness. This can lead to several episodes of “micro-sleep”, which can last from a fraction of a second up to 30 seconds at most. During a micro-sleep, a person loses consciousness and the ability to perceive external stimuli. This is extremely dangerous while driving, as the person would continue to step on the gas pedal under an episode of micro-sleep.
  • Nausea and Vomiting – The person may vomit “unexpectedly” when under the influence of heroin. A person loses body control during vomiting. The person may accidentally slam on the brakes or the gas pedal when a vomit occurs.
  • A person is unaware that his/her driving skill is impaired – The person might think that he/she is being careful enough, but may do the opposite. Alternatively, the person may be confident of his/her driving skills. The person may fail to notice his or her driving speed and reaction time,.

The effects of heroin may vary from person to person. It is difficult to predict the exact duration and the intensity of its effect.

If you are charged with Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated in Las Vegas,  do not waste your time. Cases such as these requires immediate legal consultation, as its penalties are harsh. Attorney Ross Goodman is the number 1 Las Vegas DUI Attorney. He can provide you with free legal consultation, can lessen the penalties or have your case dismissed.

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