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  • Nevada Disorderly Conduct Laws

    Disorderly conduct is one of the most common offenses in Reno and throughout Nevada since the state is littered with casinos, bars, clubs, pool parties, and other nightlife activities. Although you are allowed to walk on the streets with a drink in your hand and public intoxication alone is not a crime, being drunk in public can result in a disorderly conduct charge. Disorderly conduct is a ...
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  • New Nevada Laws That Took Effect in July 2021

    More than 200 bills that were passed by the Nevada Legislature during the 2021 session are now effective as of July 1, 2021. These new laws address a wide range of issues, including criminal law . The following are several new criminal-related laws in Nevada: AB 400 – This new law removes certain “per se” limits for cannabis metabolites (i.e., amount of THC in the body) that if found in a person’s ...
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  • Nevada Resisting Arrest Laws

    Dealing with law enforcement officials can be a nerve-wracking experience, which is why it is not uncommon for someone to resist arrest or attempt to evade a police officer. Unfortunately, doing so can result in separate criminal penalties on top of the original criminal charges. In Nevada, resisting a public officer means attempting to stop the police from executing their legal duties, which ...
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  • Marijuana Law Updates in NV

    Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak recently signed Assembly Bill 158, Assembly Bill 341, and Assembly Bill 400 into law. AB 158 reduces the marijuana possession penalties for minors, AB 341 legalizes cannabis consumption lounges, and AB 400 amends the state’s “per se” driving limits for cannabis,. Assembly Bill 158 A first offense for minor in simple possession of marijuana—a maximum of one (1) ounce—and ...
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  • Washoe County's Adult Drug Court

    Unfortunately, many people suffering from substance abuse or addiction are charged with various drug crimes in Nevada. However, criminal courts throughout the state understand these individuals would greatly benefit from rehabilitation services to help them overcome their dependency on drugs. In 1995, the Second Judicial District Court established the Adult Drug Court—which was the first Special ...
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  • Aggravated Assault & Battery in NV

    In Nevada, assault and battery are violent crimes that are punishable by harsh criminal penalties. However, these charges can be enhanced if certain aggravating factors are evident. Aggravated Assault According to NRS 200.471, simple assault is defined as intentionally attempting to use force against someone else or placing that individual in reasonable fear of imminent injury. This type of ...
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  • What is Deferral of Judgment in Nevada?

    According to NRS 176.211, Nevada law states that defendants who plead guilty or no contest to certain crimes can get their case dismissed and their record sealed through “deferral of judgment.” This means a judge defers judgment – or elects not to convict – and you (the defendant) must complete various court-ordered conditions within a specific time period. The following are the common terms of ...
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  • Cocaine Possession in Nevada

    Cocaine is a popular recreational drug in Nevada, especially in Las Vegas and Reno where casinos, bars, and clubs are open throughout the night until the early morning hours. Coke or blow is often snorted and the short and temporary effects include intense bliss, decrease in appetite, extreme sensibility to sight, sound, and touch, as well as irritability. However, the drug is illegal in the ...
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  • Misdemeanors & Felonies in Nevada

    There are two main forms of crimes in Nevada: misdemeanors and felonies. Although felony crimes are more serious and result in harsher criminal penalties in comparison with misdemeanor offenses, getting convicted of either can lead to a permanent mark on your criminal record, which can make obtaining employment, applying for a college or university, seeking a loan, or living a normal life very ...
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  • Do I Have to Take a Field Sobriety Test in Nevada?

    If or when the police in Nevada pull you over for suspected DUI , officers will typically ask you to perform one or more field sobriety tests (FSTs) to determine if you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) developed three standardized tests and police officers are provided detailed instructions on how to administer and score ...
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  • Stalking Laws in Nevada

    In Nevada, stalking is defined as performing deliberate actions to cause someone else to reasonably fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones. A person cannot be charged with stalking for one event, but rather a pattern of actions over time in order to make another individual feel scared or terrorized. Common examples of stalking include: Following a person by foot or vehicle for a ...
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  • Getting a Restricted Driver's License After a NV DUI

    Getting arrested for DUI in Nevada can result in the revocation of your driver’s license – even before you are convicted of the offense. Without your driving privileges, simple tasks such as driving to work or school, visiting the doctor’s office, running household chores, or even fulfilling your court-ordered child visitation can be more strenuous because you now have to rely on public ...
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  • Breaching the Peace in Nevada

    Whether you are being extremely loud in public or involved in a physical altercation in Nevada, you could be charged with “breaching the peace.” Also known as disturbing the peace, this offense is defined as intentionally or willfully disturbing a person, family, or neighborhood with either loud and strange noises, offensive and tumultuous conduct, threats, or fights or challenges to a fight. ...
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  • Fourth DUI in Nevada

    In Nevada, a fourth DUI is a Category B felony, which is punishable by imprisonment between two and 15 years, fines ranging from $2,000 to $5,000, and driver’s license revocation for three years. Furthermore, the judge cannot grant probation, rather than imprisonment. The reason why a fourth DUI in Nevada is a felony is a third DUI (within seven years of the first offense) is an automatic felony. ...
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  • Simple Possession vs. Possession with Intent to Sell in Nevada

    There are two main forms of drug possession charges in Nevada: simple possession and possession with intent to sell or distribute. Simply put, simple possession means knowingly carrying, holding, or knowing the location of a controlled substance, while possession with intent means unlawfully possessing a drug for sale. Although “intent to sell” could be difficult to prove because the prosecutor ...
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