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DUI | Tammy Riggs, PLLC; Defense Attorney in Reno, Nevada
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There are many reasons why obtaining the services of a seasoned DUI defense lawyer immediately after your DUI arrest is the most important thing you can do. First, while the vast majority of DUI charges in Nevada are misdemeanors (meaning they are a criminal charge that has a maximum punishment of no more than a year in jail) or traffic infractions (limited jail time possible), these offenses are among the most politically charged in the Nevada Penal Law.

Unlike in many other traffic or criminal offenses, citizens charged with DUI often feel like the courts, prosecutors, and juries consider them guilty until proven innocent.

DUI is also one of the most frequently litigated criminal offenses in the Nevada court system. Unlike most misdemeanors, due to political pressure, you may face possible jail sentences if you are convicted. Furthermore, a jail sentence may be in addition to substantial fines, lengthy periods of required community service, months or years reporting to a probation officer, loss or restriction of your driver’s license, and numerous other intrusions which may invade your privacy and your wallet.

If your driver’s license is revoked, you will not be able to again drive until the State of Nevada (or another state) once more grants you this privilege. People with a DUI conviction on their record may have trouble obtaining a professional license (doctors, lawyers, nurses, accountants, financial “Series” licenses, etc.) or a security clearance which may prevent current or future employment. An alcohol related conviction could even potentially prevent you from traveling to other countries such as Canada.

A DUI stop and arrest has many important factors which are regularly appealed through the higher Nevada courts. The courts interpret what the words of each statute mean and the words in these opinions are sometimes debated. To stay knowledgeable with all of these changes and to give you the best chance at the best outcome for your particular case, you need an experienced DUI defense attorney and legal team who works within this area of law every day.

There are also DUI charges that rise to the level of being felonies (crimes with possible punishments of more than a year incarceration and significant fines). If you are now facing a new DUI charge after a prior conviction for a DUI within the past ten years, you may be confronting this harsh reality. Conviction of any felony may cause you to permanently lose your right to vote, to own a handgun, and to serve on a jury.

Most importantly, a felony conviction could result in a prison sentence of up to several years. Many prosecutors feel it is their duty to get drivers suspected of committing DUI offenses off of the streets even before guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. In Nevada, the prosecutor generally cannot make a deal and drop all of the DUI charges against you, but a seasoned DUI defense attorney can secure the most advantageous outcome based on years of experience with situations just like yours.

Because of this, you should call the law firm of Tammy Riggs immediately for a consultation on your case, and know what you rights are immediately.