Driving while under the influence (DUI) is operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/alcohol. A DUI in Nevada occurs when a person has physical control of a vehicle and their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is at or above 0.08 percent. This crime can be an additional charge that a person may face when they are also accused of fleeing the scene of an accident if they were drink or high when they fled the scene.
- What Is Fleeing the Scene of an Accident in Nevada?
- What Is Felony DUI Hit-and-Run in Nevada?
- What Is Serious Bodily Injury?
- Can I Face Any Additional Charges Related to a DUI Hit-and-Run in Nevada?
- What Kind of Punishment Will I Face for a Felony Hit-and-Run?
- Can I Get Even More Time for My DUI Charge?
- Do I Need a Lawyer?
Fleeing the scene of an accident in Nevada is called hit-and-run. The crime occurs when a person is involved in an accident. Instead of calling police or notifying an owner of property damage, they leave the scene. A person can be charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run. If they cause death or bodily injury to a victim, then the hit-and-run is a felony.
Felony DUI hit-and-run is being in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. While driving drunk, the person causes an accident. During that accident, a victim suffers serious bodily injury or dies.
Serious bodily injury is a physical injury that takes a short period of time to recover from. This includes injuries such as a broken leg.
Yes. A person accused of the separate crimes of DUI and hit-and-run may also face criminal charges for:
- Reckless driving
- Vehicular homicide
- Causing serious bodily injury
If a person is convicted of injuring or killing someone while committing a hit-and-run, they are convicted of a category B felony. Once convicted of this felony, a person can be sentenced to:
- Eight to 20 years in prison
- $5,000 fine
- Fine and prison time
Yes. Nevada considers DUI and hit-and-run separate crimes. DUI penalties range from hours in county jail to prison time, depending on the offense. Thus, a person will face additional time in jail or prison if they are convicted of a DUI in addition to being convicted of a felony hit-and-run.
Facing multiple criminal charges all at one is incredibly difficult, and you will need legal representation if you want to properly defend yourself. Contact a Nevada DUI/DWI lawyer immediately to learn more about fighting your felony DUI hit-and-run charges.