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Answers to your questions about DUI
What does "DUI" mean?
A person can violate the DUI (driving under the influence) law in three ways:
• Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (whether prescription drugs or illegal
• Driving with a 0.08 or more blood alcohol level.
• Providing a breath or blood sample within two hours of driving which shows a 0.08 blood
What if there is less than 0.08 percent alcohol?
A person with a blood alcohol level under 0.08 may be convicted of driving under the influence if it can
be shown he or she was driving while influenced by alcohol, " to a degree which renders him/her
incapable of safely driving or being in actual physical control."
What are field sobriety tests?
Field sobriety tests are conducted to test the coordination and concentration abilities of the DUI
suspect. A person is not legally required to submit to field sobriety tests.
How is the DUI suspect tested for alcohol level?
If a person is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, two tests are available: breathalyzer
or blood. If a person is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs, two tests are available:
blood or urine.
Do you have to consent to the tests?
Nevada law says that a DUI suspect must choose between tests if asked to take one by a police
officer having reasonable grounds to believe that he or she is under the influence. If the DUI suspect
refuses to take a test, an officer may use reasonable force to obtain a blood sample from the suspect.
What if the person is not driving the car but is asleep in the car when an officer arrives?
It is illegal to be in actual physical control of a car while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Many
factors determine whether a person is in actual physical control, but so