In the moments before you’re arrested for DUI in Nevada, there are a few things that might go through your head. You could wonder just how much trouble you’re in, what a DUI in Nevada will cost you, or whether or not you’re about to go for jail. What you probably shouldn’t worry about is whether or not it’s appropriate, given the circumstances, to dance on the rooftop of your SUV.
Despite the fact that the situation did warrant doing a little jig, one Nevada driver did just that. She was reported for driving the wrong way down a road, and she pulled off the highway and parked her SUV. When police arrived, they said she was dancing on top of the SUV. That’s unusual on its own, but when she decided it was time to get away she pulled out a child’s scooter and tried to hit the road.
She didn’t get far. Police prevented her from escaping in her get away vehicle, and although she resisted arrest, they arrested her and charged her for multiple offenses.
This case is a good example of what not to do when arrested for DUI in Nevada. Here’s some advice on what you should do.
If you’re asked to submit to a breathalyzer, do so
Nevada is an implied consent state. That means, by accepting a driver’s license in the state, you agree that you’ll cooperate with a police officer if he or she suspects you of driving drunk. If you refuse the breathalyzer, the officer will have reason to believe you are driving under the influence. At that point they can suspend your driver’s license for 90 days and arrest you for DUI.
If you are convicted of a Nevada DUI, you should opt for the interlock
If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was .18 or greater at the time of arrest and you’re convicted of a DUI in Nevada, you’ll be required to install an ignition interlock device for 12 months. If you had a lower BAC, your license will be suspended for 90 days and you may be required by the judge to install an ignition interlock.
Every drunk driving offender in Nevada, even if it’s not required, should install an interlock as soon as possible. An ignition interlock is the quickest way for a convicted drunk driver to get back on the road. Thanks to the passing of a new all offender ignition interlock law, these devices will be a requirement for all first offenders beginning in October 2018.
The next time you’re tempted to drink and drive in Nevada, keep in mind what you should and shouldn’t do after you’re stopped. It just might save you a lot of hassle in the long run.