Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (driving while intoxicated, drunk driving, drinking and driving), is the act of operating a car, or other motorized vehicle, after having consumed enough alcohol to impair your reflexes and/or judgment.
Receiving a D.U.I. in Nebraska initiates two separate processes with two separate governing authorities. The first is criminal prosecution under the enacted D.U.I. statutes and ordinances. Criminal penalties for D.U.I. can include jail, a fine, probation, license revocation, or any combination of the four. The second is a proceeding with the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, whereby your license may be revoked for a period of time depending on the level of alcohol in your system, as well as your past driving history.
Penalties for First Offense DUI in Nebraska vary depending on how drunk you are and can be anything from probation to significant jail time. DUI cases most often turn on why your vehicle was stopped by law enforcement; however, you don’t have to be driving your car to receive a DUI in Nebraska. It is possible to be arrested for DUI even if you are found drunk in a parked car.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate both the criminal justice system and the Department of Motor Vehicles’ ALR process. If you have recently been arrested on charges of Driving Under the Influence in Omaha, NE, it is best to contact a DUI lawyer sooner vs. later. There were new laws regarding DUI license revocations and the Interlock device that went into effect January 1, 2012, including a longer revocation period for first time offenders (six months) and the potential for immediate use of the Interlock device. Click on the link to our Blog below for more information on DUI/DWI laws and penalties in Nebraska.