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Can I go to jail for driving high on pot in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Feb 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Driving under the influence of marijuana in Nevada carries the same penalties as driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. A first-time offense within seven years is a misdemeanor. The sentence includes all the following:

  • two days to six months in jail (courts usually impose a six month suspended jail sentence)
  • Nevada DUI School
  • up to $1,000 in fines plus court costs
  • Nevada Victim Impact Panel
  • ninety days suspension of driver's license

A second-time Nevada DUI marijuana conviction within seven years of the first one is a misdemeanor as well. The sentence includes all the following:

  • ten days to six months in jail
  • up to $1,000 in fines plus court costs
  • Nevada Victim Impact Panel
  • An alcohol/drug dependency evaluation
  • one year driver's license suspension

A third-time Nevada DUI marijuana conviction within seven years of the first one is a category B felony. The sentence includes all the following:

  • one to six years in Nevada State Prison
  • fines of $2,000 to $5,000
  • Nevada Victim Impact Panel
  • three-year driver's license suspension
  • An alcohol/drug dependency evaluation

A Nevada conviction for DUI Marijuana causing injury or death is a category B felony. The sentence includes all the following:

  • 2 to 20 years in Nevada State Prison
  • fines of $2,000 to $5,000

Note that the driver may also face penalties for possessing marijuana, which increase in severity with the amount of marijuana involved and the number of prior convictions. Read more on the penalties for the Nevada crime of driving under the influence of marijuana.

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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