DUI & DWI in Nebraska
Alcohol, drugs, and driving don't mix. In fact, Nebraska drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs are responsible for the majority of auto accidents involving death or serious injury.
It is against the law to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any illegal drugs. It's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% of higher. At this level, fundamental skills such as steering, speed control, lane changing, braking, and distance judgment are substantially impaired.
Like many states, Nebraska has an implied consent law. This means that whenever you are operating a vehicle on Nebraska's roadways, you have already implicitly agreed to submit to any chemical test requested by a law enforcement officer. If you refuse the test, you will face the same punishment as someone found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Sentences can vary for Nebraska drivers convicted of DUI offenses.
For example, a first offense is considered a Class W misdemeanor. The mandatory minimum sentence is:
- 7 days in jail.
- A license revocation of 6 months.
- A $500 fine.
For information on the even harsher sentencing options for repeat offenders, please see the DMV's DUI information page.
After receiving a license suspension for a DUI conviction, you'll need to provide proof of financial responsibility before you can receive a new Nebraska driver license. This is done by having your insurance company submit an SR-22 filing.You will also need to pay any necessary fees as well as successfully complete a vision screening, written exam, and driving test.
A DUI conviction is a serious thing, and it's in your best interest to know your rights. Consider hiring a DUI attorney to help you wade through the hearing, penalty, and suspension process. Check out our online DUI attorney directory on this site.True or False
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