DUI Guide

So, You were convicted of your 1st DUI? What happens now?

Below are penalties for a typical DUI first offense. Penalties for subsequent convictions are harsher. A third DUI within seven years or a DUI which involves death or substantial bodily harm are felony offenses.

DUI Penalties


  • Arrest
  • Vehicle Impounded


    1. Two days to six months in jail or community service
  • Fine $400 to $1,000
  • Chemical Test Fee $60
  • DUI School or Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Victim Impact Panel


Driver License

  • License revoked for 90 days
  • $121 Reinstatement Fee
  • $35 Victims Compensation Civil Penalty
  • $42.25 Driver License Fee + $26 Testing Fee
  • DMV Tests – Vision, Knowledge, possibly Skills


  1. SR-22 Certificate of Liability Insurance required for three years

A driver license revocation is a separate action from any criminal case. Motorists may appeal a revocation through the DMV Office of Administrative Hearings.

License reinstatement is not automatic, even if the criminal charges were reduced or dismissed. You must meet all reinstatement requirements and apply for a license to regain your driving privilege.

A revocation which is not reinstated will remain on your record indefinitely and you will not be able to obtain a driver license in any state.

Your Record

Records of a DUI arrest and/or conviction remain in criminal history files for the rest of your life. If you are convicted of a felony DUI, you will be charged with a felony in any subsequent DUI arrest.

Convictions and license revocations remain on your full DMV record for the rest of your life. A DUI conviction may show on your driver history for up to ten years. A license revocation is reported until the driving privilege is reinstated.

Your first step will be to take an Online Nevada DUI program class.  Our course is easy, fast and available 24/7 online.

Nevada laws on driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs are tough. Under these laws, there are two types of penalties: • Administrative: Action taken against a driver by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles regardless of the court findings • Criminal: Action taken by the court system Under Nevada’s new Implied Consent Law, if an officer suspects you are driving under the influence, you will be asked to take blood, breath or urine tests. If you fail to submit to these tests, then your license, permit or privilege to drive will be revoked pursuant to NRS484C.220 and you are not eligible for a license, permit or privilege to drive for a period of one year for first offense or three years if your driving privilege has been revoked in the prior 7 years for failure to submit to the officer directed tests. These tests are given to determine if you have used alcohol or drugs. An officer may also direct that blood samples be drawn, even on a first offense. Under Nevada’s Illegal Per Se Law, if chemical tests show an alcohol concentration of .08% or more or any detectable amount of a controlled substance, your driving privilege will be revoked. If you are under the age of 21 and a chemical test shows an alcohol concentration of .02%, but less than .08%, your driving privilege will be suspended. This is an administrative penalty and the officer can take your license immediately. Note: Even though an alcohol concentration of .08% is used as a guide, you can be arrested and convicted with a lower level. Anytime you lose your license, you can ask for an administrative hearing through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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