It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content 0.08 or higher for drivers 21 and older. The law is much stricter for drivers under the age of 21; the BAC limit for them is 0.02. Defendants under the age of 18 will go to juvenile court for misdemeanor DUI cases. Anyone over the age of 18 will be heard in criminal court for misdemeanor DUIs. All felony cases are also taken care of in criminal court, no matter how old the defendant it. Felony cases can’t be sealed, while misdemeanor cases may be sealed after 7 years. Juvenile cases get sealed when the driver turns 21.
The penalties are the same as for adult drivers if prosecuted in criminal court, see link for DUI penalties.
Juvenile court also requires an alcohol evaluation to determine if the driver has an alcohol abuse problem, at the defendant’s expense (usually $100). In addition, the sentence includes fines or community service, classes on the danger of DUI, a stay out of trouble order, and a juvenile hall (juvie) sentence that will remain suspended if the other terms are completed.
Having an experienced defense attorney for your DUI case is important, as s/he might be able to have the case dismissed or reduced. A reckless driving sentence doesn’t require a license revocation; instead the driver receives 8 demerit points. The case can also be sealed only after 1 year, as opposed to 7 years for a DUI. A DUI will also carry issues with car insurance companies; the rates will most likely go up and sometimes they even cancel policies altogether. Some schools/colleges may also have penalties for students with DUI sentences and might include a suspension or expulsion.
In addition to the criminal sentences, Nevada DMV imposes a driver’s license suspension. The length of the suspension depends on the sentencing.
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