In Nevada “Driving Under The Influence” means operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs to a degree that renders one unable to safely drive a vehicle. It is not necessary for one to be drunk to be arrested for or convicted of DUI in Nevada. Nevada DUI convictions can be obtained where a person operates a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol OR operates a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level (BAL) or breath alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater.
Nevada DUI cases can be brought against a person who may appear normal, but who is above the legal limit of .08% BAC. This is called Nevada’s “Per Se” law, meaning that it is illegal to be above a .08 no matter what the person’s impairment level actually is.
DUI arrests in Nevada also trigger the new implied consent law. All Nevada drivers have impliedly consented to a test of their blood or breath for alcohol content simply by obtaining a Nevada driver’s license or by driving on Nevada’s roads. There is no more right in Nevada to refuse to provide a breath or blood sample if arrested for DUI. This means that the police may use force to draw blood, if necessary, to obtain evidence to use against someone in a Nevada drunk driving case.