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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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  • 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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