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Here’s what happens if you drink and drive tonight

By ThisIsReno

WASHOE COUNTY NEWS RELEASE

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Chief Joe Ingraham of the Washoe County Department of Alternative Sentencing reminds everyone celebrating the New Year that driving under the influence has many lasting effects. The Department of Alternative Sentencing program currently supervises more than 675 misdemeanor offenders.

“We want drivers to be aware of the many sanctions you may face if you decide to drink or take drugs and drive,” said Ingraham. “Not only are you risking your own life, 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.”

The department is 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. Ingraham wants all drivers to know if they are convicted on an impaired driving charge, they 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
  • Pay multiple fines and fees for services, equipment and/or appearances made
  • Up to two years suspended jail sentence
  • Actively participate in a program of professional counseling at your expense
  • Payment of restitution to the owner of any property that is lost, damaged or destroyed as a result of the commission of the offense
  • Abstain from the use of alcohol and controlled substances for up to a three year period
  • Refrain from engaging in any other conduct deemed appropriate by the judge
  • Revocation of your driver’s license

Being placed on misdemeanor probation with the Department of Alternative Sentencing 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
  • Submit to random alcohol and drug testing
  • Submit to a search and seizure at any time of the day or night without a search warrant
  • Wear an ankle bracelet which reads alcohol in your system 24 hours a day
  • Abstain from the use of alcohol and controlled substances for up to three years

The Department of Alternative Sentencing is 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.