This month, Sparks Justice and Municipal Courts will start permitting MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) to present Victim Impact Panels to defendants convicted of the Nevada crime of drunk driving. Victim impact panels (VIPs) are comprised of victims, former offenders, first responders, and others sharing stories about how DUIs affected their lives. The purpose of VIPs is to educate attendees about the gravity of drunk driving and to deter them from committing a DUI again.
The Nevada crime of drunk driving occurs when someone operates a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or with a blood alcohol level (BAL) of .08 or above. Note that a person may be convicted of DUI in Nevada merely by having a key in the ignition in the car even if the car is not running. Typical defenses to DUI is that the breath/blood testing equipment was faulty, or that the defendant had a medical condition that caused a false breath/blood test result.