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DUI   5/30/2024

Arrested for DUI in Las Vegas: What Happens to Your Car? 

DUI arrest commonly occurs in Las Vegas; this can have multiple consequences including having your vehicle impounded. In instances where there is a sober passenger in the vehicle this person may be allowed to drive the vehicle back. You may also have to install an ignition interlock device which prevents your vehicle from starting unless you are sober. 

If your Blood-alcohol Concentration (BAC) is less than 0.18%; the minimum time to have the device installed is 185 days (about 6 months). If your BAC is over 0.18% the minimum is 3 years. Other DUI penalties include fines, license suspension, two days to six months in jail or on community service and in severe cases victim impact panels.  

What To Do Immediately After a DUI Arrest in Las Vegas 

It is imperative that people accused of driving under the influence know their rights and exercise them. It is also important to retain a skilled Las Vegas DUI defense attorney that will fight for you and ensure that your rights were not violated during this interaction. Nevada does have implied consent laws that make it mandatory to agree to a chemical test if you are arrested under the suspicion of driving under the influence. 

Refusal to take the test could result in the suspension of your driver's license. However, if you do submit to a chemical test any evidence obtained against you could be used against you. 

Impoundment vs. Towing: Understanding the Difference 

Towing of a vehicle is when a vehicle is physically moved, this can happen for a number of reasons such as being illegally parked, or in an apartment complex your vehicle could be towed for a parking violation or not having registration. The residential manager must give you a 48-hour (2 days) notice. Impounding is the movement and storing of the vehicle. Typically, the fees are $30 a day. If a vehicle is never picked up by the owner, it could go to auction. 

Getting Your Car Back After a DUI Arrest 

In order to recover your vehicle after a DUI impounding there are specific steps you must complete. You will need to gather the vehicle registration or title in your name as well as a valid driver's license, go to the impound yard with an accepted form of payment in order to pay all fees and other charges that may be associated. 

If you do not know where your vehicle was taken you can call 311 (the non-emergency police number) or search online. Once you find the lot your vehicle is in you should call to ensure there are no other steps or documentation needed to retrieve your vehicle. 

Can You Legally Drive After a DUI Offense? 

Suspension of your driver's license can occur even if you are not convicted of a DUI, if you submit to a BAC test that results in 0.08% or higher has the potential to cause license suspension for 90 days. If you refuse a BAC test the driver could lose their driving privileges for up to a year. These bans can be lifted if you install the ignition interlock device. 

Motorists under the age of 21 and commercial vehicle operators have more stringent standards. For drivers under the age of 21 they are considered legally intoxicated if the BAC test results in a 0.02% or higher and commercial vehicle operators are allowed a 0.04%. 

Can a DUI Attorney Help Get Your Car Back? 

In Nevada DUI lawyers can help you from the time of arrest until you are no longer associated with the criminal justice system and come to an end for the infraction. The lawyer will be able to advise you of any information you need to help you recover your vehicle and may be able to reduce fees being charged by the impound lot if they exceed legal amounts.  

Additional Resources and Next Steps 

Miley Law will provide knowledgeable and experienced attorneys to help you through each phase of the process beginning at the time of arrest. They will do extensive research and ensure that your rights were not violated at any point in time. They will also ensure there was probable cause for the stop and review all evidence and provide counsel seeking a reduced charge or pursue substance abuse treatment as an alternative to incarceration. 

Our firm is committed to secure a favorable resolution. That will help you make your decision as to what the best course of action would be for you.   

Call Us at Miley Law Today! 

Any DUI conviction will have a negative impact on your life. If you have any prior drunk-driving convictions the team at Miley Law is going to explain all the potential punishments and develop a defensive plan that is tailored to your situation. We are dedicated to ensuring that you get the best outcome for you, providing counsel through the entire process, not allowing the police to violate your rights and helping find the best option for you that is not incarceration. 

Contact Miley Law today if you need a team of dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced individuals in fighting DUI charges in Nevada to defend your rights and help mitigate the repercussions.  

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