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Blog Posts in 2017

  • How Record Sealing Works

    If you have a criminal record, you are likely all too familiar with the difficulties associated with it. You might have trouble finding housing or securing a job, for example. However, you do not have to live with this mark on your past forever. It is possible, in some cases, for a criminal record to be sealed in Nevada. When you comply with the procedure for sealing your criminal record, it will ...
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  • Fake ID Laws in Nevada

    When it comes to fake IDs, Nevada treats this offense seriously. As such, it is illegal for any individual to possess, sell, or even transfer a document or personal identifying information for the purposes of establishing a false identity, status, membership, license, or occupation for any reason. Basically, if you have or are selling fake IDs, you are going to run into some legal troubles. Here ...
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  • Assault vs. Battery: What's the Difference?

    While the two might sound similar, assault and battery are two separate criminal offenses in Nevada. The key difference between them is intent and action. Assault is defined as the intention of an individual to intimidate or threaten another person. Battery, however, is more than a threat; it is an act of violence against another person that can result in harm or bodily injury. These types of ...
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  • Is Marijuana Legal in Nevada?

    As of November 8, 2016, recreational and medicinal marijuana were legalized in Nevada. Recreational use is legal for consumers who are 21 years of age or older, though they are able to purchase only up to one ounce of cannabis at a time, or an eighth of an ounce of concentrate. Who is Allowed to Purchase Marijuana in Nevada? As previously mentioned, individuals who are 21 years of age or older can ...
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  • 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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  • 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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