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DUI arrests have effects long past holiday season



During this holiday season the Washoe County Department of Alternative Sentencing would like to remind everyone that driving under the influence has many lasting effects. If you are convicted on an impaired driving charge you may very well end up with the following sanctions and more.

A first-time DUI may result in:
• A drug and/or alcohol evaluation
• Court mandate into a residential treatment center
• Mandatory attendance at a victim impact panel
• Installation of an interlock device in your vehicle to assure no further drinking
• Jail time
• Community service
• Fines and fee’s for every service, equipment or appearances made including impound fees for your vehicle a minimum of $600 to start
• Up to two years suspended jail sentence
• Active participation in a program of professional counseling at your expense
• Restitution to the owner of any property that is lost, damaged or destroyed as a result of the commission of the offense
• Abstention from the use of alcohol and controlled substances for up to three years
• Prohibition from engaging in any other conduct deemed inappropriate by the judge
• Revocation of your drivers license

Along with the following:

You may be placed on misdemeanor probation with the Department of Alternative Sentencing which could include any or all of the following:

  • Reporting in from one to seven days per week
  • Providing counseling reports, employment verification, court review appearances
  • Submitting to random alcohol and drug testing
  • Submitting to a search and seizure by the Washoe County Department of Alternative Sentencing at any time of the day or night without a search warrant
  • Wearing an ankle bracelet which reads alcohol in your system 24 hours a day
  • Abstaining from the use of alcohol and controlled substances for up to three years

Washoe County’s Misdemeanor Probation program currently supervises over 300 misdemeanor offenders. We want you to be aware of the many sanctions you may face if you decide to drink or take drugs and drive. Not only are you risking your own life but you are also putting everyone else on the road in danger.

Please remember, we are one business who does not want to increase our clientele. We are actively participating with many other law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system to reduce the number of people using alcohol or drugs and getting behind the wheel.

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