BLANTON v. CITY OF NORTH LAS VEGAS

No. 87-1437.

489 U.S. 538 (1989)

BLANTON ET AL. v. CITY OF NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 6, 1989


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John J. Graves, Jr., argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs was John G. Watkins.

Mark L. Zalaoras argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief was Roy A. Woofter.*

Briefs of amici curiae urging affirmance were filed for the United States by Solicitor General Fried, Acting Assistant Attorney General Dennis, Deputy Solicitor General Bryson, Michael R. Lazerwitz, and Louis M. Fischer; for the State of Nevada by Brian McKay, Attorney General, and Brian Randall Hutchins, Chief Deputy Attorney General; for the State of New Jersey by W. Cary Edwards, Attorney General, and Boris Moczula, Larry R. Etzweiler, and Cherrie Madden Black, Deputy Attorneys General; for the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, by George F. Ogilvie; and for the Louisiana District Attorneys Association by Dorothy A. Pendergast.


JUSTICE MARSHALL delivered the opinion of the Court.

The issue in this case is whether there is a constitutional right to a trial by jury for persons charged under Nevada law with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Nev. Rev. Stat. § 484.379(1) (1987). We hold that there is not.

DUI is punishable by a minimum term of two days' imprisonment and a maximum term of six months' imprisonment. § 484.3792(1)(a)(2). Alternatively, a trial court...

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