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  • What Is the Legal Difference Between Voluntary and Involuntary Manslaughter?

    Understanding the difference between different legal terms can be confusing, especially if you’re not a legal professional. For instance, people assume that manslaughter is any accidental killing, so they may be confused by a term like “voluntary manslaughter.” Let’s take a closer look at both forms of manslaughter to help you better understand the legal differences between them. Defining ...
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  • Unlawful Search and Seizure: Challenging Drug Possession Arrests in Nevada

    As a resident of Nevada, it is essential to be aware of your rights when it comes to unlawful search and seizure in drug possession cases . The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement officers. This means that if the police conduct an unlawful search and seizure, any evidence obtained may be deemed inadmissible ...
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  • Effective Defenses Against Battery Allegations

    Facing a battery accusation is an intimidating experience, both in the immediate moment and down the line. Luckily, there are some effective strategies and defenses you can use if you find yourself facing battery or assault charges. Here are some common defense strategies against battery accusations that you can discuss with your attorney. Self-Defense If you acted in self-defense, then you may be ...
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  • The Legal Separation Between Domestic Battery and Domestic Abuse

    If you’ve been accused of domestic abuse or battery, you must understand the difference between these two allegations. Both share many similarities, but there are important legal distinctions between the two. Such distinctions are important in the law. In this case, they could mean the difference between freedom and jail time. Here is a broad overview of domestic abuse and domestic battery, along ...
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  • Explaining Nevada's Auto Theft Laws

    Nevada defines auto theft as the intentional taking of another’s vehicle without their permission. Anyone who knowingly purchases or possesses a stolen vehicle can also be charged with this crime. Even if the intention was to only borrow the car for a short amount of time, the state can charge you with an auto theft crime. Nevada's law defines auto theft as a crime against the vehicle’s owner, not ...
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  • Can You Refuse a Breathalyzer Test in Nevada?

    If an officer stops you and believes that you have been drinking, they will likely ask you to submit to a breathalyzer test. A breathalyzer is a small device that tests someone’s breath, estimating blood alcohol content (BAC). It may appear as though you can simply refuse to take the test, and everything will be fine. Many states , however, have implemented “implied consent” laws that essentially ...
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  • What Constitutes Intent in a Nevada Theft Case?

    Intent, or doing something willfully, is a big part of any criminal case. The legal, Latin term for intent is "mens rea." When you understand how important intent is in a criminal case, you can develop strong defense strategies. Proving that you did not mean to commit a crime could be the difference between freedom and a long-term prison sentence. In this blog, we will broadly explore the idea of ...
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  • How to Avoid a DUI: Tips for Staying Safe on the Road

    Getting accused of driving while intoxicated can have a tremendous impact on your life. Not only can it affect your freedom, as you could serve jail time and lose driving privileges, but it can also affect your personal life. Due to the stigma around DUI allegations, you could lose friendships or even your job. Breathalyzers and other DUI tests are not always accurate. You could be well within the ...
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  • Common Defenses Against a Kidnapping Allegation

    Kidnapping is a terrifying charge. It evokes images of villains conspiring to take people and torture them for ransom money. Scenarios like that do, of course, exist, but legally, the word “kidnapping” can be applied to many situations. A divorcee could take their kids across state lines to a theme park, only to return and find that they’ve been accused of kidnapping their own children. The term, ...
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  • 4 Legitimate Defenses Against Domestic Violence Claims

    4 Legitimate Defenses Against Domestic Violence Claims No matter the charge, you always have the right to a criminal defense. In our system, you are convicted only if you’ve been found guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” There is normally some room for doubt in any case. Even when it’s clear that the defendant committed the act in question, there may have been extenuating circumstances. Just ...
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  • Going to Your Local "Sober Bar" Could Still Result in a DUI

    Across the nation, we are seeing the rise of “sober bars.” These places serve a variety of drinks. They feature special coffee concoctions, but they also have kava and kratom teas on tap. For the moment, all of these drinks are legal, and as far as we know, they are non-addictive. However, they are both mood and mind altering. Kava has a sedative effect on most consumers, and many forms of kratom ...
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  • What, Exactly, Is Burglary?

    When we think of burglars, we might imagine a cartoon image we saw as children. A man in a striped shirt, beret, and domino mask sneaks into a home, stuffing valuables into a bag. The cultural impact of this image cannot be understated. It directly connects “burglary” to “theft,” and “burglars” are always “thieves.” Legally, this assumption is completely false. Burglary does not necessarily ...
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  • Can You Be Arrested for Public Drunkenness in Nevada?

    Many states still have laws regarding public intoxication. Nevada is not one of these states. In fact, the state has a reputation for being quite liberal about alcohol. Standard grocery stores can sell liquor, and there are no time restrictions for dedicated liquor stores. They can be open 24/7. Nevada even allows its citizens to openly drink in public, which many other states do not. With all ...
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  • Appealing a Conviction in Nevada

    Our justice system is based on “reasonable doubt.” A jury must be 100% certain of someone’s guilt before convicting them. This is a high bar, designed to give citizens the best chance against bias and corruption. Even the most reasonable people, however, can be swayed in a criminal trial. Defendants are often convicted of crimes they did not commit. The system understands this possibility, and it ...
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  • Credible Defenses Against Money Laundering

    What Is Money Laundering? When money is gained through illegal means, that money is, itself, illegal. People involved in criminal enterprises must find a way to make the money appear legitimate. It needs to be “cleaned.” This is where money laundering comes in. Normally, illegal money is pumped through a business. That business’s bookkeepers make it look like the business is profitable. This ...
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