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Blog Posts in 2018

  • 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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  • Arrested for Homicide - What if I Acted in Self-Defense?

    In typical homicide cases, the court must prove that your intentional actions directly caused the death of another human being. In certain cases, however, self-defense serves as a viable defense to homicide. Below, we discuss the details surrounding homicide and self-defense, as well as when the defense is applicable in court. How Nevada Defines Homicide Similar to other states across the country, ...
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  • Top 5 Apps to Get You Home Safely After Drinking

    We’ve created a list of 5 apps to help get you home safe after a night on the town. Read on to find the best one for you! 1.ENDUI Created by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration in 2014, ENDUI allows you to track the number of drinks and the amount of alcohol you have consumed. Additionally, you can input information about your body type, and the app will calculate a blood alcohol ...
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  • What Are My Firearm Rights in Nevada?

    Nevada currently has some of the most relaxed gun laws in the United States. According to the Nevada State Constitution, “Every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes.” This supports the 2 nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the ...
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  • What Is the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?

    The language concerning theft crimes is often confusing and, therefore, misunderstood. What exactly is robbery, what is burglary, and how do the two crimes differ? We’ve developed your need-to-know guide to better understand these charges. Robbery Charges In the state of Nevada, robbery is defined as taking personal property through the threat or act of force/violence. This can include the use of ...
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  • Ignition Interlock Device 101: You Asked, We Answered

    If you’ve been convicted of a DUI, the court may mandate that an ignition interlock device be installed in your vehicle. So what is an ignition interlock device, and how will it affect your lifestyle? We developed your 101 guide. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, don’t panic. Call our award-winning Reno DUI lawyer today: (775) 502-1575 . What is an ignition interlock device? An ignition interlock ...
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