On a first offense DUI drug charge, there is typically a fine and some treatment involved. There can be a victim impact panel, where the person must go and listen to people who have been victims of drunk drivers or drugged drivers. Sometimes, there can be some community service. The judge has quite a bit discretion. There can even be mandatory jail time but the judge can convert that to community service.

If I Have A Previous Charge For DUI Alcohol, How Will It Impact My Drug DUI Case?

If the second DUI offense happened within seven years of the first, it doesn’t matter if the prior was drug or alcohol related; it will still be considered a second offense and then you will be looking at second offense penalties. These will include additional fines, a longer suspension of your license, more treatment, and more possible jail time.

Will I Be Required To Install An Ignition Interlock Device If I Am Convicted Of A Drug DUI?

Some people do not consume alcohol and prefer other substances. Regardless, the law changed in Nevada and now everyone convicted of a DUI is required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle. You have to blow into it before your car will start. Sometimes, you’ll be driving down the road and it will go off, requiring you to blow into it while you’re driving. I’ve seen this actually cause accidents. The ignition interlock is expensive and it’s a hassle. If you can avoid a DUI conviction by getting the case reduced or dismissed, you can avoid being interlocked.

What Are The Collateral Consequences Of Having A Drug DUI Conviction On Record?

The main collateral consequence of a drug DUI is the driver’s license suspension. When insurance companies find out, they will drop you and the ones that do not drop you will charge you an exorbitant amount. If you apply for a job, your potential employer could possibly see that you have a drug related DUI and you might not be a great candidate for the job. Lots of collateral consequences can occur, if that conviction stays on your record.

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