There is a wide range of penalties for drinking under the influence (DUI), which are usually proportionate to the violation’s severity. Some offenses can warrant fines and jail time, depending on the circumstances. Other times, the court can order other sanctions, including license revocation, based on the situation. Additionally, drivers can be subject to using ignition interlock devices after committing a DUI-related offense, often requiring an ignition interlock permit (IIP).
However, this option may only apply to drivers with specific qualifications, including the following:
- Have a driver’s license and be at least 18 years old
- Live in Nebraska as a resident
- Have all violations happen within the state
- Bear eligibility for license reinstatement regarding other non-DUI offenses on record
- Meet other requirements, such as wait periods and having no license revocation orders in other states
Aside from allowing the driver to use the device, this IIP can also help violators waive license-related penalties. Through this option, violators can keep their driving privileges if they operate their vehicles with an installed ignition interlock device. Still, the possibility of this alternative could depend on whether they qualify for it or if the court permits it.
Determining if a DUI sanction is appropriate
In general, Nebraska law has severe provisions against DUI because of how dangerous it can be. However, the court is still responsible for reviewing a case and determining if the associated penalties truly reflect its severity. Other sanctions, such as rehabilitative programs and ignition interlock device use, can be more effective considering the situation.
When facing DUI sanctions, seeking legal counsel can be helpful. Adequate guidance can help determine the most appropriate options, factoring in unique circumstances that may contribute to the case’s outcome.