Nevada DUI Laws

Nevada allows you to install an interlock device in lieu of suspension after 45 days.

Nevada has two sets of procedures that you must attend to when you have been charged with a DUI.

Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Procedures
Nevada DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles)

Nevada is one of 42 states that has implemented  ALR which means that your license will be confiscated immediately if your Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is above .08 OR if you refuse a BAC test. Your license will either be suspended or revoked at that point, even though you have not been officially convicted in a criminal trial. In fact, you can be charged with an administrative license suspension even if you are not later charged with driving under the influence offense.

This action was designed to be in addition to and separate from the traditional DUI judicial conviction penalties such as license suspension, jail time, community service hours, ignition interlock device, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation.

You will be given a 7 day grace period during which you can drive under a temporary driving permit issued by the officer at the scene. During that time, you can request a hearing to challenge this case. This case will be heard by an administrative law judge. If you do not request a hearing, your license will be automatically suspended on the 8th day for 90 days. After the suspension period, you will have a restricted license allowing you to drive to work or school, health care providers, parole or probation meetings, drug, and alcohol counseling, court-approved locations, and emergencies.

Remember that this is a separate case from the judicial case, with separate authorities and separate rulings.

Judicial Procedures
In Nevada, the drunk driving law prohibits a person from driving when they have a BAC of .08% or higher. Courts are required to order the installation and monitoring of an interlock device for any driver whose BAC levels are .08% or higher, even for a first offense.

License Revocation, Fines and Jail

  • First Offense – Misdemeanor: $400 to $1,000 fine plus $35 civil penalty, 2 days to 6 months in jail; OR 48 – 96 hours community service in lieu of jail time, 90 days license suspension (may be eligible for a hardship ignition interlock restricted license after 45 days), possible 3 to 6-month ignition interlock restriction as a condition of license reinstatement (12 to 36 month if BAC 0.18 or more), mandatory substance abuse education course and victim impact panel.
  • Second Offense – Misdemeanor: $750 to $1,000 fine plus $35 civil penalty, (possible community service in lieu of fine), 10 days to 6 months in jail OR 10 days to 6 months residential confinement, 1-year license revocation, possible 3 to 6-month ignition interlock restriction as a condition of license reinstatement (12 to 36 month if BAC 0.18 or more), mandatory alcohol/drug abuse treatment program, motor vehicle registration suspension, and attendance at victim impact panel
  • Third Offense – Felony: $2,000 to $5,000 fine + $35 civil penalty, 1 to 6 years in state prison, 3 years license revocation, mandatory 12 to 36 months ignition interlock restriction as a condition of license reinstatement, motor vehicle registration suspension, and attendance at victim impact panel.
  • Fourth and Subsequent Offense – Felony: $2,000 to $5,000 fine + $35 civil penalty, 2 to 15 years in state prison, 3 years license revocation, mandatory 12 to 36 months ignition interlock restriction as a condition of license reinstatement, motor vehicle registration suspension, and attendance at victim impact panel.

 

Every situation and state is unique, please consult with your attorney or your state licensing authority to confirm your requirements and obligations.

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Interlock Process

  • If your license is revoked based on a DUI or failure to submit to testing, you may reinstate your driving privilege before the end of the revocation period by installing an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you operate.

  • You must present a Certificate of Compliance in person at a DMV office and follow any other reinstatement procedures as well. Requirements may include written testing, SR-22 insurance (which you can obtain from your insurance company), and payment of reinstatement fees.

  • Call LifeSafer Ignition Interlock at 800-634-3077 and a Customer Support Expert will help you schedule your IID installation. Ask about our current offers and discounts.

  • To find out what your specific requirements for reinstatement are, contact the Nevada DMV through their website or by calling or visiting a location.

Interlock Cost

The cost of an ignition interlock in Nevada ranges from $2.50-$4.00 per day. You may also have to pay for the installation of the device. Call 800-634-3077 to get specific pricing and information for your program.  Don’t forget to ask about discounts and offers.

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