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Las Vegas First DUI Defense Attorney

Facing your first DUI charge can be a daunting experience. The uncertainty of what lies ahead, the potential penalties, and the fear of a criminal record can be overwhelming. With proper legal representation, you can navigate these uncertain waters to protect your rights. With over 27 years of experience, Goodman Law Group is well-equipped to help you understand, contest, and potentially beat your first DUI charge.

We believe in empowering you with the right knowledge, preparing you for what's ahead, and equipping you with a tailored defense strategy. As a board-certified trial lawyer, Attorney Goodman offers his legal expertise and can be a dominant presence in the courtroom on your behalf. 

Call (702) 825-7854 or contact our firm online to schedule your free consultation. 

What Constitutes a DUI Charge?

Before diving into the defenses and penalties associated with a DUI charge, it's crucial to understand what exactly constitutes a DUI. The laws might seem straightforward, but nuances often come into play, making it essential to be fully informed. 

  • Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Driving with a BAC of 0.08% or higher is typically considered “under the influence.” This percentage is the standard for drivers over 21. However, lower thresholds exist for commercial drivers and those who are under 21.
  • Impairment by Drugs. DUI isn't limited to alcohol consumption. Driving under the influence of drugs, whether prescription, over-the-counter, or illegal, can also lead to a DUI charge if they impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely.
  • Observable Impairment. Even if your BAC is below 0.08%, you can still be charged with DUI if your driving behavior suggests impairment. Swerving, erratic braking, or other indicators might lead law enforcement to suspect DUI.
  • Refusal to Test. In some jurisdictions, refusing to undergo a breathalyzer test or provide a blood sample when suspected of DUI can result in automatic penalties. Knowing your rights and the consequences of refusing such tests in your area is crucial.
  • Zero Tolerance for Underage Drivers. For drivers under the legal drinking age, any detectable amount of alcohol can lead to a DUI charge. The regulations are strict to discourage underage drinking and driving.

Penalties for First DUI Conviction

DUI charges are taken seriously in Clark County and across Nevada. The penalties can be severe for first-time offenders, but with an experienced attorney, you stand a better chance of receiving a favorable outcome. Potential penalties include:

  • License Suspension. A first-time DUI offense can lead to a suspension of your driving privileges for 90 days by Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles. A restricted license can be temporarily granted after 45 days if the defendant has not committed any further offenses.
  • Fines. Up to $1,000 in fines, in addition to court costs (currently around $600 in Nevada)
  • Suspended Jail Sentence. Those convicted may not have to face jail time unless they violate anything related to their sentence; if this occurs, they face up to six months of jail time or 96 hours of community service. 
  • Mandatory DUI Classes. Offenders may be required to attend educational classes on alcohol and its effects or undergo an alcohol assessment. This is at the defendant’s expense. They may also be required to attend a Nevada Victim Impact Panel lecture, also at their expense.
  • Installation of a Breath Interlock Device. If the defendant’s BAC exceeded 0.18 at the time of their arrest, they may be mandated to install and maintain an ignition interlock device on their vehicle for a period of three years, at their own expense. 

Possible Defenses Against First DUI Charges

A robust defense against a DUI charge requires a deep understanding of the law and a strategic approach. Given our extensive experience, Goodman Law Group can identify and deploy various defenses based on the circumstances of your case.

Possible defenses include:

  • Inaccurate Breathalyzer Results. Breathalyzers can sometimes provide inaccurate readings due to calibration issues or operator errors.
  • Improper Stop. If law enforcement didn't have a valid reason to stop you, any evidence collected might be deemed inadmissible.
  • Improper Procedure. Sobriety tests must be accurately carried out, or the results may be deemed inadmissible. 
  • Medical Conditions. Some medical conditions can mimic signs of intoxication. Conditions like hypoglycemia or fatigue can result in symptoms mistaken for drunkenness.
  • Chain of Custody. Any errors in the handling, storing, or testing your blood sample, could be used in your defense.

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Recent Case Results
  • Dismissed (DUI (.128) Reduced to Reckless Driving
  • Not Guilty **Trial** Domestic Battery
  • Reckless Driving .220 BAC
  • Misdemeanor Petit Larceny 11 Counts Theft (Category B Felony)
  • Dismissed 2 Counts Battery on a Protected Person (Gross Misdemeanor)

Defend Your Rights with an Experienced Attorney

Facing your first DUI charge is intimidating. Remember, you have rights, and you're entitled to a strong defense. With our rich history, proven success rate, and unparalleled courtroom presence, Goodman Law Group can guide you every step of the way.

Every moment is crucial when you're up against the law. Contact us at (702) 825-7854 for a free consultation. We proudly serve the arrested throughout Clark County.

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Contact our law offices today for a confidential initial consultation to learn how we can use our years of experience to defend your case.

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