DUI of Marijuana In Nevada: Rules and Penalties
As voted by the citizens of Nevada in the 2016 ballot, marijuana is now legal in Nevada, but what most people don’t know is that there are only certain places where you can possess or consume it. Consuming it in public still carries a $600 fine, but the last place you can consume it is while driving.
If you’re not already convinced to save cannabis consumption for the home, be aware of the penalties of being convicted of a DUI of marijuana. All of the following penalties will be more severe if you cause an auto accident plus double damage if the accident occurs within a construction zone.
First offense: You could be sentenced from 2 days to 6 months in jail or up to 96 hours of community service. This is on top of fines, a license suspension, and an ordinance to attend a DUI school and a DUI victim impact panel. Along with this, you’ll be required to adhere to a “stay-out-of-trouble” order while the case is open.
Second offense: Jail time duration is increased to a possible sentencing of 10 days to 6 months. However, you could get residential confinement in place of that and instead of a DUI school, you get entered into a program called “DUI court.” This is along with all of the previously mentioned penalties.
Third offense: Your jail time gets upgraded to time in prison for a duration up to 6 years. That duration can be increased to 20 years if there is an injury or death resulting from an auto accident caused by marijuana influence.
In the end, it may seem hypocritical to some that people can smoke regular cigarettes and drive without consequence, but smoking cannabis in particular is the only plant you can’t get away with.
Still, do consider the lives of the other drivers around you as well as the lives of those in your vehicle. In recent studies reported by CBS News, it was shown that that those found guilty of a DUI of marijuana in 2018 were under the influence while a child was in the car.
Also, if you or a loved one are ever victims of an accident caused by a DUI with marijuana in Las Vegas, seek out a personal injury attorney to receive justice and compensation for your case.