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  • Arrested for Indecent Exposure in Nevada?

    Nevada law defines indecent exposure as showing your own or someone else’s private parts in a public or private area. Men are often charged with this crime for urinating in public, while women are typically charged for exposing their breasts (only when they’re not feeding a child). However, people engaged in sexual activity in public can also be charged with indecent exposure. A first offense is ...
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  • Can I Be Charged with Kidnapping My Own Child?

    When it comes to our children, we are all intuitively possessive. Law and reason don’t always register when it comes to parental instincts. We feel responsible for them and many of us cannot accept having to answer to someone else regarding our role in their lives. For example, in cases of domestic violence or a contentious divorce, you may feel the need to protect your children by removing them ...
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  • Preparing For Your First Criminal Court Appearance

    Whether we like to admit it or not, appearances matter. You can never make a first impression twice, especially in front of a judge or jury who will determine if you are guilty or innocent. No one enjoys or is fully comfortable with attending their first criminal court appearance, as it can be incredibly nerve-wracking and stressful not knowing what to expect. Preparation is key in alleviating ...
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  • Arrested on Vacation in Nevada?

    From enjoying the nightlife in Las Vegas to gambling in Reno or vacationing in Lake Tahoe, Nevada has plenty of fun activities to offer its visitors. Unfortunately, some tourists end up being arrested for criminal offenses, which means there is a significant possibility of having to travel back and forth from their home state or country back to Nevada. If you are a visitor in Reno or Nevada in ...
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  • Social Media & Your Criminal Case

    How Your Posts Can Haunt You Despite what we all hope, privacy settings are not always private. Many of the social media sites, including Facebook and Instagram, cooperate with law enforcement when it comes to a criminal case. Additionally, even if you “delete” a post, it remains in the ether of the internet, waiting to be retrieved when the time is right. Once you share a post or photo, it is ...
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  • Domestic Violence & Your Firearm Rights

    Domestic Violence Charges Can Affect Your Gun Rights Domestic violence charges not only tarnish your reputation and result in possible jail time, they also can permanently revoke your rights to own firearms . A large number or violent charges that result in a guilty plea or conviction can mean permanent loss of gun rights. In addition, your concealed carry permit can be revoked with just a ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why is Involuntary Manslaughter a Crime?

    The legal term for the killing of another person is “ homicide ;” However, not every homicide leads to the same criminal charges against the defendant. Manslaughter is a legal term which refers to the killing of another individual without malice, forethought, reckless abandon for life, or implied intent. In many situations, this type of killing is accidental, though it is caused by the defendant’s ...
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  • How to Fight False Allegations of Domestic Abuse

    Domestic violence is unlike any other criminal offense. While most accusations require evidence to press charges, domestic violence can be charged with nothing more than the word of someone who claims they’re a victim. This means you don’t necessarily need specific or demonstrable evidence in order for accusations to be taken seriously, and this leads to an immense amount of false allegations ...
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  • Theft Crimes FAQ

    Have you been accused of a theft crime ? If so, you probably have a number of questions about your charges, your rights, and what you can do to give yourself the best possible chance at fighting back. Reno criminal defense attorneys often receive a number of these questions, some of them more often than others. To help you better-understand what lies ahead, let’s take a closer look at some of the ...
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  • 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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  • 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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