On Monday night, a Carson City man died after driving his sedan into an SUV just south of Gardnerville. The driver of the SUV was not injured. The passenger in the sedan was injured but treated at a hospital and released. It's suspected that alcohol was involved in this collision.
Douglas County DUI Crime
The Nevada crime of DUI causing death occurs when a driver with a BAC of .08 or above or while impaired by alcohol causes a car accident, which results in another driver, passenger, or pedestrian dying. The most common defense to this crime is that the driver was not under the influence of alcohol or that the other driver was the primary cause of the crash. An alcohol-related crash that results in no injuries or death is instead charged as a straight DUI.
The Nevada crime of DUI causing death is prosecuted as a category B felony carrying two to twenty years in prison and maybe a fine of $2,000 to $5,000. Judges may impose punishments on the harsher side of the spectrum if the driver was transporting a child fourteen or under at the time. In some cases the charge may be reduced to reckless driving or vehicular manslaughter.
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