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  • Going to Your Local "Sober Bar" Could Still Result in a DUI

    Across the nation, we are seeing the rise of “sober bars.” These places serve a variety of drinks. They feature special coffee concoctions, but they also have kava and kratom teas on tap. For the moment, all of these drinks are legal, and as far as we know, they are non-addictive. However, they are both mood and mind altering. Kava has a sedative effect on most consumers, and many forms of kratom ...
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  • Credible Defenses Against Money Laundering

    What Is Money Laundering? When money is gained through illegal means, that money is, itself, illegal. People involved in criminal enterprises must find a way to make the money appear legitimate. It needs to be “cleaned.” This is where money laundering comes in. Normally, illegal money is pumped through a business. That business’s bookkeepers make it look like the business is profitable. This ...
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  • What Are Nevada's Drug Possession Penalties?

    Last month , we discussed some effective defenses you can use against a drug possession charge. Now we want to explain why it’s important to have a good defense. Nevada takes drug crimes quite seriously. There are many different types of possession allegations, each having stiff penalties. In this article, we will take a broad look at Nevada’s charges and punishments for drug possession. Drug ...
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  • 4 Defenses You Can Use Against a Drug Possession Charge

    If you’ve been accused of drug possession, don’t panic. It’s easy to assume that there is no escape from this accusation. The authorities would have you believe that they found you with an illicit substance, and there’s no way you can win your case. This simply isn’t true. Drug possession isn’t a cut-and-dry accusation. It’s often based on assumption. Remember, guilty verdicts are based on a lack ...
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  • Could Drinking Kava Tea Lead to a DUID Charge?

    The use of kava tea is becoming increasingly popular across the nation. In Reno, it’s easy to find a kava spot to sit and relax. Kava is a sedative tea, and it is often served in a bar setting. People sometimes refer to these spots as “sober bars,” but that label isn’t quite accurate. Kava has a numbing effect on both the mind and the body. Thus far, the law has mostly stayed away from regulating ...
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  • Can Drug Charges Result in a Felony in Nevada?

    Being arrested for possession of drugs can lead to uncertainty and worry because of how complicated the laws regarding drugs are. There are many factors that law enforcement will consider when deciding what to charge someone with, such as what type of drug they had, how much of it they possessed, and where it was found. Possessing controlled substances can lead to a felony charge. Felony ...
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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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  • Cocaine Possession in Nevada

    Cocaine is a popular recreational drug in Nevada, especially in Las Vegas and Reno where casinos, bars, and clubs are open throughout the night until the early morning hours. Coke or blow is often snorted and the short and temporary effects include intense bliss, decrease in appetite, extreme sensibility to sight, sound, and touch, as well as irritability. However, the drug is illegal in the ...
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  • Simple Possession vs. Possession with Intent to Sell in Nevada

    There are two main forms of drug possession charges in Nevada: simple possession and possession with intent to sell or distribute. Simply put, simple possession means knowingly carrying, holding, or knowing the location of a controlled substance, while possession with intent means unlawfully possessing a drug for sale. Although “intent to sell” could be difficult to prove because the prosecutor ...
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  • Are Cannabis Concentrates Legal in Nevada?

    All marijuana -based products, such as cannabis concentrates, are legal in Nevada. Cannabis concentrates is extracted from marijuana, making it more potent than consuming a marijuana plant. Common types of marijuana concentrates include: Hashish (hash) Kief Wax Badder or budder Live resin Tinctures Adults who are 21 years of age or older may possess up to 1/8 of an ounce (or 3.5 grams) of ...
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  • 4 Drug Possession Defenses

    One of the most common crimes committed in Reno and throughout Nevada is drug possession . A conviction for drug possession can result in serious criminal penalties, no matter the amount a person allegedly has in their possession. If you or a loved one has been arrested for drug possession, with the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, there may be several legal defenses available that ...
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  • New Law on Marijuana Record Sealing Takes Effect

    On July 1, 2019, a criminal justice reform bill, referred to as the Nevada Second Chance Act, went into effect. This piece of legislation streamlines the process for having certain crimes wiped from a person’s record. Governor Steve Sisolak signed the measure into law in May of 2019, stating that this new statute would allow a better future for those who were convicted of a now-decriminalized ...
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  • Nevada Marijuana Law: What’s Legal, and What Isn’t?

    Recreational marijuana use was legalized in the state of Nevada in 2017. This decision regulated the sale of cannabis products in Nevada, allowing licensed dispensaries to sell such products (with much of the revenue contributing to state expenses) and consumers to use marijuana without penalty. The legalization of recreational marijuana gives consumers the authorization to use cannabis, free of ...
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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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  • 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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  • Drug Trafficking vs. Distribution: Understanding Your Charges

    The language used to discuss drug crime charges can be confusing, and is often misunderstood. In order to build a proper defense, it is important to know exactly what your charges mean. Drug trafficking and drug distribution differ by a few key factors. If you’ve been charged with trafficking or distribution, contact a Reno drug crime attorney at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover. Our ...
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  • Is Marijuana Legal in Nevada?

    As of November 8, 2016, recreational and medicinal marijuana were legalized in Nevada. Recreational use is legal for consumers who are 21 years of age or older, though they are able to purchase only up to one ounce of cannabis at a time, or an eighth of an ounce of concentrate. Who is Allowed to Purchase Marijuana in Nevada? As previously mentioned, individuals who are 21 years of age or older can ...
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