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Defending Those Accused of Drugged Driving in Nevada

Driving under the influence of drugs, or “drugged driving,” is illegal in Nevada. You can be charged with a drug DUI if you operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of an illegal drug, a controlled substance, or a prescription medication that impairs your ability to drive safely.

If you or someone you love has been arrested for a drug DUI, you need to take immediate action to protect your rights. Our Las Vegas drug DUI attorney can help. At the Goodman Law Group, we understand the various defenses available to those facing drug DUI charges, and we have a long track record of success in these cases. We aim to minimize the consequences you face and, when possible, get your charges reduced or dropped. We are prepared to advocate aggressively for you at every stage of the proceedings.

Call Goodman Law Group today at (702) 825-7854 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our drug DUI attorney in Las Vegas!

What is a Drug DUI?

A drug DUI (Driving Under the Influence) occurs when a person operates a vehicle while impaired by any substance other than alcohol. This includes illegal drugs, prescription medications, and even over-the-counter medications that impair driving ability. Nevada law is stringent on DUI offenses, and impairment does not solely pertain to illegal drugs. Prescription drugs, if misused, can also result in a DUI charge.

How Does a Drug DUI Differ from an Alcohol DUI?

While both drug DUIs and alcohol DUIs fall under the umbrella of impaired driving, there are significant differences in how they are detected and prosecuted:

  • Detection: Alcohol DUIs typically involve breathalyzer tests that measure blood alcohol content (BAC). Drug DUIs, on the other hand, often require blood or urine tests to detect the presence of drugs.
  • Impairment Levels: Unlike alcohol, which has a clear legal limit (0.08% BAC), drug impairment is more subjective. Any detectable amount of an illegal substance can result in a DUI charge, while the impact of prescription or over-the-counter drugs is evaluated based on the circumstances.
  • Field Sobriety Tests: Standard field sobriety tests designed for alcohol impairment may not be as effective for detecting drug impairment, leading to additional testing and expert testimony.

What are the Penalties for a Drug DUI in Nevada?

Penalties for a drug DUI in Nevada can be severe, reflecting the seriousness with which the state treats impaired driving. These penalties include:

  • First Offense:
    • Jail time ranging from 2 days to 6 months
    • Fines between $400 and $1,000
    • Community service (24 to 96 hours)
    • Mandatory DUI education program
    • License suspension for 90 days
  • Second Offense:
    • Jail time ranges from 10 days to 6 months
    • Fines between $750 and $1,000
    • Community service (100 to 200 hours)
    • Mandatory DUI education and treatment program
    • License suspension for one year
  • Third Offense (Felony):
    • Prison time ranging from 1 to 6 years
    • Fines up to $5,000
    • Mandatory DUI education and treatment program
    • License suspension for three years

Defenses Against Drug DUI Charges

Several defenses can be employed to challenge a drug DUI charge. These defenses require careful examination of the evidence and the circumstances surrounding the arrest:

  • Illegal Traffic Stop: Any evidence obtained may be inadmissible if the traffic stop was conducted without reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
  • Improper Testing Procedures: Mishandling or improper administration of blood or urine tests can be contested, potentially invalidating the results.
  • Prescription Medication: Demonstrating that the drug was legally prescribed and taken according to the doctor’s instructions can be a defense, especially if there is no warning about the potential for impairment.
  • Lack of Impairment: Evidence can be presented to show that the driver was not impaired despite the presence of drugs in their system.
  • Chain of Custody Issues: Any gaps or inconsistencies in the chain of custody of the evidence can lead to the dismissal of the charges.

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Contact Our Las Vegas Drug DUI Attorney Today

Being charged with a drug DUI can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming. At the Goodman Law Group, we are here to help. Our Las Vegas drug DUI lawyer can provide the aggressive, results-driven advocacy you need and deserve during this difficult time. We understand how much is at stake and will work tirelessly to help you achieve the most favorable outcome possible. 

Contact Goodman Law Group today to schedule a meeting with our drug DUI lawyer in Las Vegas!

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