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Blog Posts in 2017

  • How Nevada Law Defines Domestic Violence

    Each state defines crimes a little differently, including domestic violence. Nevada law, for example, describes domestic violence as a violent crime committed by persons with whom the victims share certain personal or familial relationships. These law apply to current and former spouses, people related by blood or marriage, people who currently or formerly lived together, people who are or were ...
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  • Will I Lose My Commercial Driver’s License If I Get a DUI?

    Most states punish driving under the influence (DUI) with particularly severe sentences, and there is even less tolerance for any alcohol present in the blood of commercial drivers. Nevada is no different. Bus and truck drivers in Nevada are subject to much stricter DUI laws than non-commercial drivers. If you are caught with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.04% or higher, your commercial ...
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  • Can Police Take My Blood Without a Warrant?

    If you’ve been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, police might ask you to take a blood, urine, or breath test at the station. While you can legally refuse to take a breathalyzer test at the time you are pulled over, you are obligated to give a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the station. This obligation is because of Nevada’s ...
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  • Questions to Ask Your Criminal Defense Attorney

    If you’ve never been involved in a criminal case before, you might not know there are essential pieces of information you should be aware of as soon as you are assigned a public defender or hire an attorney. This information can help you better prepare for the case ahead. Here are a few essential questions to ask your criminal defense attorney. Have You Obtained and Reviewed All “Discovery”? ...
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  • Preparing for Your First Appearance in Criminal Court

    If you’ve never faced a criminal charge before, you are probably feeling anxious about what to expect, especially when you’re due to appear in front of a judge. However, a little preparation goes a long way. Below we’ve listed some idea of what to expect. Initial Appearance Depending on your jurisdiction, “initial appearance” could mean you are appearing in front of a judge for the first time, or ...
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  • What Do You Do If Your Child Gets a DUI?

    One of a parent’s worst fears is getting a call late at night that their child is in jail and needs to be bailed out. Most states have severe laws designed to prevent people under the age of 21 from driving drunk more than ones. These zero-tolerance rules can apply some serious punishments to anyone underage who is found with any trace of alcohol in their blood. If you’re a parent, there are a few ...
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  • Can Police Search My Home Without a Warrant?

    Most people who watch TV can recall police usually need a warrant to search a defendant’s home. TV dramas always show an officer waving a signed piece of paper in front of a person’s face as the rest of the search team pours into the offender’s home. In most cases, this depiction is accurate. U.S. citizens are protected from unlawful search and seizure by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. ...
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  • What Is Probable Cause?

    Probable cause is the legal standard by which a police officer has the right to make an arrest, obtain a warrant for an arrest, or conduct a personal or property search. While police officers have the authority to do a number of different things in various situations, probable cause requires facts or evidence that would cause a reasonable person to suspect that someone has committed a crime. For ...
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