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Washoe County Alternative Sentencing Dept. highlights the dangers of driving under the influence.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chris Ciarlo
PR 14-226

Reno, Nevada. Dec. 24, 2014. During this holiday season, the Washoe County Department of Alternative Sentencing would like to remind everyone that driving under the influence has many lasting effects. If you are convicted on an impaired driving charge you may very well end up with the following sanctions and more:

A first time DUI may result in:

  • A drug and/or alcohol evaluation
  • Court mandate into a residential treatment center
  • Mandatory attendance at a Victim Impact Panel
  • Installation of an interlock device in your vehicle to assure no further drinking
  • Jail time
  • Community service
  • Pay multiple fines and fees for services, equipment and/or appearances made
  • Up to two years suspended jail sentence
  • Actively participate in a program of professional counseling at your expense
  • Payment of restitution to the owner of any property that is lost, damaged or destroyed as a result of the commission of the offense
  • Abstain from the use of alcohol and controlled substances for up to a 3 year period
  • Refrain from engaging in any other conduct deemed appropriate by the Judge
  • Revocation of your Drivers License

Along with the following:

Being placed on misdemeanor probation with the Department of Alternative Sentencing which could include:

  • Reporting in from one to seven days per week
  • Providing counseling reports, employment verification, court review appearances
  • Submit to random alcohol and drug testing
  • Submit to a search and seizure at any time of the day or night without a search warrant
  • Wear an ankle bracelet which reads alcohol in your system 24 hours a day
  • Abstain from the use of alcohol and controlled substances for up to a three year period

Washoe County Department of Alternative Sentencing program currently supervises over 765 misdemeanor offenders. We want you to be aware of the many sanctions you may face if you decide to drink or take drugs and drive. Not only are you risking your own life, you are also putting everyone else on the road in danger.

Please remember, we are one business that does not want to increase our clientele.

We are actively participating with many other law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system to reduce the number of people using alcohol or drugs and getting behind the wheel.