Sunday morning, January 28 about 9:30 AM, Henderson police received a call regarding an intoxicated driver in a car in a parking lot. As police arrive, the 60-something woman took off in her car, leading police on a 20-minute demolition derby of sorts, intentionally colliding with a police car, and at least two other vehicles, ending up several blocks away from where the pursuit began. The woman was taken into custody and preliminary investigation showed she was driving under the influence. Luckily, no one was injured.
Henderson police spokesman, Rod Pena, indicates the woman will most likely face multiple charges. Among those charges will certainly be a DUI charge, although reckless driving and resisting arrest could be thrown into the mix. If this driver could have those 20 minutes back, would she do things differently?
What Happens Next?
This is pure conjecture, but knowing what the situation is, we can assume several things. Our defendant will most likely spend the night in jail and won’t be released at least until Monday morning at the earliest. This allows for at least 12 hours to pass allowing her to get sober before she’ll be able to leave. During the check-in processing for jail, police will obtain a warrant and she will have her blood drawn to determine the level of controlled substance in her blood stream.
If this her first DUI, she’ll be charged with a misdemeanor, and if convicted, will have to spend at least two days, and up to six months in jail. If convicted, she will be fined anywhere from $400 to $1,000 for the DUI crime only. She’ll also be required to pay a $60 Chemical Test Fee, attend DUI School at her own expense, and attend a Victim Impact Panel.
Her vehicle has been impounded, and police will be gathering evidence from the vehicle to support charges for the DUI, and any other crimes they may be able to charge for. For example, if she was under the influence of something other than alcohol, then police will be looking for additional product in her vehicle, evidence of where she may have obtained it, and may also press a possession charge against her.
Paperwork is already underway at the Nevada DMV to revoke her license for at least 90 days. When she applies for reinstatement, which is not guaranteed, she’ll be required to pay a $121 reinstatement fee, a $35 victims compensation penalty, a $42.25 drivers license fee, plus a $26 testing fee. She will also be required to retake the driver’s written test and may need to take her driving test over again. Also, she’ll be required to carry an additional SR-22 certificate for three years, in addition to the insurance she already carries. She can expect an increase in her insurance premium after conviction. Furthermore, she’ll be required to install an Ignition Interlock System (IIS) in her vehicle at her own expense and will need to keep it installed for at least six months.
The penalties in this section are only assuming the driver has never had a previous DUI and are only considering the DUI portion of the offense. We are not discussing the reckless driving charge, or the possession charge, if applicable. If this is a second offense within a seven-year period, the fines and penalties are higher, and if it’s the third offense in seven years, she could be charged with felony DUI.
Again, all of the foregoing is assumption only. We don’t know what charges the police actually charged her with, but assuming a first DUI, the penalties are substantial and life changing. If you find yourself in a similar situation, you need to contact an attorney to represent you in the case that will be pressed against you.
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