How Soon After Being Pulled Over for a DUI Do I Need an Attorney?

How Soon After Being Pulled Over for a DUI Do I Need an Attorney?

March 5, 2021
By Edward Miley

Why Hiring an Attorney Early in the DUI Process Is a Huge Advantage

Driving Under the Influence is one of the most commonly charged offenses in the United States. Las Vegas is no exception. Thousands of people are arrested each year for drunk driving offenses in the city. It is a common misconception that being arrested for DUI automatically means that you will be convicted of the charges.

At the Miley Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys represent people who have been arrested for driving under the influence in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. Regardless of the circumstances, it is generally in your best interest to consult with an attorney early in the process in order to secure the best possible outcome for your case.

Contact the Miley Law Firm, P.C. today, for a free consultation after a DUI arrest. Whether it is your first offense, third offense, or you were under 21 at the time of your arrest we can help.

Why Hire an Attorney?

Hiring an attorney after an arrest for drunk driving is the best way to obtain a favorable disposition in your case.

If retained immediately after the arrest, an attorney can help you:

  • Request an administrative hearing;
  • Represent you at the DMV hearing;
  • Cross-examine the arresting officer;
  • Subpoena and review evidence;
  • Discuss possible defenses;
  • Negotiate a reduction or dismissal to the charges;
  • Secure your release from jail or help to maintain your freedom;
  • Provide you critical DUI resources, such as ignition interlock device providers and information on how to obtain your restricted license.

Nevada DUI License Suspension

A drunk driving offense in Nevada triggers two hearings. If you are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), you will most likely be issued a temporary license. The temporary license is only valid for seven days. If you want to stop the automatic suspension of your driving privileges, you will need to request an administrative hearing through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Administrative hearings through the DMV are notoriously difficult to win. Your best chances at success are by retaining an attorney immediately after arrest. Even if you do not win the DMV hearing, you (through your attorney) can use the opportunity to cross-examine the officer and review evidence.

Legal Process Following a Nevada Drunk Driving Arrest

An arrest for suspicion of DUI will also likely result in criminal charges. Depending on whether you were released on your own recognizance, required to post bail, or remained in custody, your arraignment could be within a few days, weeks, or months following your arrest. 

Even if charges are filed against you, it does not mean that you are guilty of driving under the influence. The prosecutor must still prove their case. An experienced attorney can review the evidence and build a strategic defense in your case.

Contact the Miley Law Firm for a Free Consultation

If you have been arrested for DUI in Las Vegas, contact the Miley Law Firm for a free consultation. Our attorneys will help you navigate the legal process and administrative hearing through the DMV. It is always best to retain an attorney as quickly as possible within 7 days of your arrest to request a hearing.

Call (702) 850-3600 to request a consultation. Get the superior representation you deserve.

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