Opposition to Higher DUI Fees for Specialty Courts

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Judges and some lawmakers are raising concerns over a bill that would impose a new $500 assessment on DUI offenses to fund Nevada specialty courts.

SB224 is sponsored by Republican Sen. Barbara Cegavske of Las Vegas. It would impose the fee on people arrested for first or second offense drunken driving. If a person is unable to pay, the bill allows a judge to substitute community service.

But some justices, court administrators and members on the Assembly Judiciary Committee say while the intent is laudable, the mechanism might be flawed.

Judges pointed about that administrative assessments are collected before court-imposed fines, which go to counties. They say adding an additional assessment would mean even less money for counties.

No action was taken on the bill Tuesday.