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Blog Posts in 2021

  • Getting a Revoked License Back After a DUI in Nevada

    In the United States, driving is a privilege, and each state has the ability to revoke that privilege if they feel a driver has acted irresponsibly. Licenses are issued based on certain requirements and with certain rules in place. Failing to meet those requirements or breaking the rules can lead to losing a license. Penalties are especially strict for drivers who lose their privileges due to a ...
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  • Fighting a Battery Charge in Nevada

    Being accused of battery can be devastating. The consequences of a conviction are life-altering, and there is a lot of shame that comes with the accusation alone. Aside from the legal ramifications of a battery charge, there can be social consequences, and many people find themselves unable to return to normalcy for a long time. This is especially the case when someone is convicted, which is why ...
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  • What Does It Mean When Someone's on Probation?

    When someone is on probation, that means they have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a crime but are given an alternative to incarceration. In other words, instead of serving their sentence in jail or prison, they are allowed to remain out of custody. Still, they are under supervision and must comply with several terms and conditions during the probationary period. Typically, when a court ...
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  • When Domestic Battery Becomes a Felony in Nevada

    Typically, a first or second domestic battery offense in Nevada is a misdemeanor. However, the law enumerates five different instances when the crime can be a felony. Elevated charges may arise when a person is accused of a subsequent violation and/or aggravating factors were present at the time of the offense. Because felonies are considered more serious than misdemeanors, anyone charged with ...
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  • Additional Penalties for Certain Nevada Drug Crimes

    Nevada drug crimes carry serious penalties, including years of imprisonment and/or thousands of dollars in fines. And in some cases, the judge has the authority to impose even harsher penalties when certain conditions apply. Nevada law provides for various circumstances in which additional terms of imprisonment may be imposed. These enhanced penalties statutes do not create separate offenses. ...
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  • What You Should Know About Nevada's Criminal Justice Process

    If you or a loved one were arrested in Nevada, this might be your first brush with the law, and you might not know what to expect through the criminal justice process. Facing these unknowns can make an already frightening experience even scarier. At the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover, we are here to make bad situations better for the people we serve. As such, our team has put together a brief ...
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  • DUI with a Child Passenger in Nevada

    If you have been arrested for a DUI , having a child under 15 years old as a passenger in the vehicle at the time of your arrest is considered an aggravating factor . Although a first-time DUI conviction generally leads to a suspended sentence, a DUI with a minor passenger will often result in a jail sentence. In addition, you can also be charged with child endangerment, which is a separate ...
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  • Cannabis Consumption Lounges in NV May Open in 2022

    After Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 341 into law in June 2021, cannabis consumption lounges are set to open in Nevada by mid-2022 because of a recent increase in funding from the state’s Interim Finance Committee (IFC). AB 341 created the licensing process and regulations for an unlimited number of lounges. According to The Nevada Independent, the IFC unanimously approved funding of ...
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  • Probation Violation in Nevada

    If you are convicted of a crime in Nevada, a judge may impose probation, in lieu of—or along with—a jail or prison sentence. The main purpose of probation is to rehabilitate an offender, rather than punish him/her. Common terms of probation may include: Community service Random drug testing Routine meetings with a probation officer Regular court hearings Educational courses Counseling Electronic ...
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  • Can a Felony Be Reduced to a Misdemeanor in NV?

    If you have been accused of committing a felony in Nevada, you may be able to get the charge reduced to a gross misdemeanor. Although a criminal defense attorney’s initial goal in a felony case is to have the charge dismissed, the next best situation is to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor through a plea deal, especially if the district attorney refuses to throw out the case altogether. Felony ...
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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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