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Blog Posts in 2018

  • 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid After a DUI Arrest

    Getting arrested for a DUI is a scary, frustrating, and confusing situation, especially if it is your first offense. Many people who get charged with drunk driving are not familiar with the criminal justice system, which leaves them vulnerable to legal pitfalls which may jeopardize their case. The following are the most common mistakes people make after getting arrested for a DUI: Fail to take ...
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  • Why Nevada DUI Representation Is Always Beneficial

    Driving while under the influence (DUI) charges are serious, and successful DUI convictions can lead to years of penalties for the convicted. Unfortunately, many people plead guilty to DUI charges without contemplating the consequences and thinking through their options. Hiring experienced DUI representation is always beneficial to a case, and here are the reasons why. Defensive Investigations Can ...
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  • Police Accountability & DUI Arrests

    Police officers have authority over American citizens, but this authority comes with tremendous responsibility; officers must adhere to strict policies and statutes while in the line of duty. If an officer breaches a policy while performing their job, it calls into question their integrity and character as a cop. Therefore, the police must follow the rules of the arrest process, and a DUI arrest ...
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  • Overview of Casino Crimes

    The casinos, entertainment, and nightlife in Nevada attract millions of tourists and residents alike every year. Since the state gambling industry generates billions of dollars, casino crimes are prevalent. That is why Nevada law makes have passed harsh laws to severely punish those who cheat or defraud casinos. The following are the most common casino crimes in Reno and throughout Nevada: ...
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  • How to Avoid Holiday DUIs

    Every year, millions of people throughout the United States celebrate the holiday season by eating, drinking, and being joyful. However, these festive months are also associated with a high volume of drunk driving fatalities. Starting from Thanksgiving Eve (also known as “Black Wednesday”) and ended on New Year’s Day, police officers will be safeguarding the streets in large numbers and setting up ...
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  • Nevada Open Container Laws

    People often think of DUIs and bar fights as the kind of legal trouble drinking can cause. However, drinking alcohol isn’t the only way people can face alcohol-related charges. In fact, just having a bottle of beer in your possession can end in a criminal arrest due to open container laws. What Constitutes an Open Container? State statutes define an “open container” as any alcoholic container with ...
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  • Courtroom Etiquette: Preparing Yourself for Court

    Etiquette is essential when you want to make a good impression. It’s important when you go on a job interview, when you meet your new neighbors, when you attend a funeral or church service, when you go to Back to School Night for your kids, and when you go on a date – etiquette is important in everyday life. It’s especially important when you have to appear in court. One of the first things ...
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  • Can Passengers Be Charged When a Driver Is Pulled Over for DUI?

    We have all seen a movie where a couple of friends are drinking and joyriding when a cop shows up and arrests the driver. The driver is charged with a DUI, but the movie doesn’t show if the passengers are charged with anything. In real life, passengers can be charged with a couple of things during a DUI arrest. DUI Although not common, a passenger in a DUI arrest can also be charged for a DUI. The ...
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  • Is Public Intoxication Illegal in Reno?

    If you’re not from Nevada originally, you’re probably used to strict liquor laws. Bars in your home state probably have a state-mandated “closing time” and some stores might not even sell beer or hard liquor. You may have to go to an actual liquor store to buy a bottle of Merlot or Jack Daniels. While the legal drinking age in Nevada is 21 and it’s against the law to drive under the influence of ...
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  • DUI Checkpoints: Are They Legal in Nevada?

    DUI checkpoints, also known as sobriety checkpoints or roadblocks, are considered legal in Nevada. Reno police routinely set up such checkpoints to detain suspected drunk drivers and deter intoxicated driving in general. When an individual drives into a sobriety checkpoint, law enforcement will stop the driver and ask some questions to determine if they have been drinking alcohol recently. If the ...
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  • Hire a Former Prosecutor as Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

    If you are facing serious criminal charges and you are in the process of seeking legal representation for your case, you want a criminal defense attorney with the experience and credentials to obtain the best results possible. Which is why having a former prosecutor as your lawyer has many advantages. A prosecutor is an attorney who determines what charges to file against a defendant and then ...
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  • Is It Illegal to Sleep in Your Car in Nevada?

    When a person is too drunk to drive, one of the most common alternatives to intoxicated driving is sleeping in the car. Unfortunately, depending on the circumstances, a sleeping individual can still get a DUI in Nevada. A person can be convicted of DUI for sleeping in a motor vehicle in Nevada if the following two conditions are true: The individual is drunk or high, or has an illegal amount of ...
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  • Can I Get a NV DUI While Under the Influence of Cannabis?

    While recreational use of cannabis is considered legal for adults 21 years of age or older living or visiting Nevada, driving under the influence ( DUI ) of marijuana is still treated as a criminal offense that is subject to the same penalties as DUI of alcohol. According to state DUI laws, a person is deemed under the influence of cannabis if one of the following is true: The substance has ...
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  • How Accurate are DUI Chemical Tests?

    When you’re arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you are required to submit to a chemical test to determine your intoxication level. Naturally, as someone who is expecting a fair trial, you would expect the evidence obtained this way to have integrity and be free from defects or outside factors that could influence the results against you. This brings up a ...
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  • Can I Be Charged With Assault if I Didn't Mean to Hurt Someone?

    Causing physical harm to someone or causing them to feel threatened that they are about to experience physical harm make up the Nevada crimes of battery and assault, respectively. When someone finds themselves arrested for assault after a drunken night on the town or a disagreement that go out of hand, one of the first questions we often receive as a Reno criminal defense firm is “I never meant to ...
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