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Woman arrested for DUI, other charges

When there is an arrest in Reno, it is likely that there will be a variety of charges that overlap. That means a charge of assault could be linked to driving under the influence, hit and run and other crimes. The combination of charges will often lead to the possibility of significant penalties including jail time, fines and the loss of driving privileges. When confronted with a litany of allegations after a series of incidents, it is vital for the person to have a strong criminal defense attorney to begin planning a defense.

A 31-year-old woman was arrested after an altercation with her boyfriend in which she allegedly drove under the influence and rammed his vehicle with hers. The series of incidents occurred after midnight. According to the investigation, the woman drove a white Dodge pickup behind a blue Honda SUV belonging to her boyfriend. The Honda slowed on the highway and the Dodge rear-ended it. She then fled. The driver of the Honda was injured and taken to the hospital, listed in serious condition. The woman was arrested for DUI, hit-and-run and other charges. The investigation is continuing.

Quick tips for maximizing your workers' compensation benefits

Sustaining an injury at your job can be devastating, both financially and physically. Without workers' compensation benefits, you may have a difficult time keeping up with all the expenses, especially with a loss of income. This is why it is vital to do everything you can to file a successful claim.

If you make mistakes during the claims process, you may not receive the compensation you need. Here are a few simple tips for maximizing your workers' compensation benefits. 

Man needs criminal defense after attempted theft and hit and run

For Reno residents who are accused of criminal offenses, there are often situations where one alleged offense leads to a series of others. While being arrested is never easy and can cause problems in a person's life, it is vital to think about the future and have a strong criminal defense. This is especially true when there are multiple charges lodged and, when they are combined, can lead to extensive jail time and other severe consequences.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on multiple offenses after an alleged attempt at theft, driving his vehicle into several other cars and fleeing. The incident occurred in the early morning hours when the owner of a trailer was informed by a neighbor that someone was trying to take the trailer parked outside his home. The man pursued the accused and the accused rammed his vehicle. It then hit nine other parked vehicles. Law enforcement located him and arrested him. He faces charges of grand theft auto, robbery and destruction of property.

In family law, what will be considered with child relocation?

Reno residents whose marriage has ended will have many issues to consider. Children come right to the top of their list of concerns. A common matter in dispute is if the custodial parent decides to relocate with the child. This can impact visitation rights for the noncustodial parent and be worrisome regarding the child's relationship with that parent. A noncustodial parent can try to prevent the relocation if there is justification for doing so. To protect the rights of the noncustodial parent and ensure the best interests of the child are adhered to, the court will weigh certain factors before allowing a relocation. Understanding these factors is imperative for the custodial and noncustodial parent.

The relocating parent is required to demonstrate certain points to the court so the relocation will be approved. There must be a legitimate reason for the move and it must be done in good faith. The move cannot be done just to stop the noncustodial parent's parenting time. The child's best interests must be served if the relocation is approved. Both the child and the relocating parent must be deriving benefit with an advantage if they relocate.

Personal injury and death from pedestrian accidents increasing

In Reno and across Nevada, many people decide to avoid using their motor vehicles and walk to their destination. This is a good way to save money, help the environment and get exercise. However, being a pedestrian has its share of inherent risks when sharing the road with motor vehicles. Although the danger is known, statistics and research indicate that people are at higher risk now more than ever. Those who have suffered personal injury or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident must be cognizant of all the problems they will face in the aftermath and consider a lawsuit to be compensated.

The Governors Highway Safety Association says that pedestrian fatalities has reached its highest level since 1990. GHSA analyzed the numbers for 2018 and says that approximately 6,227 pedestrians died in auto accidents. That is a rise of 4 percent compared to 2017. Although there has been improvement in just about every other area of safety on the road in the last 10 years, pedestrian fatalities have increased by 35 percent in that timespan.

When facing domestic violence charges, criminal defense is vital

In Reno, throughout Nevada and across the nation, there are a seemingly endless number of news stories about people being arrested and charged with domestic violence. While they should always be taken seriously when a person claims that a spouse, a loved one or any other person with whom they are involved has committed domestic violence, an arrest can have far-reaching consequences in many ways. Regardless of the circumstances, it is essential to have legal assistance to craft a criminal defense.

When a person is arrested for domestic violence, there will undoubtedly be concern and fear as to what the future holds. It is likely that they will not be allowed to return to their residence and will need to deal with issues at home, work and with other family members. It is possible that both sides are at fault and a dispute escalated to the point where it got physical, law enforcement was called, and, before anyone knew what happened, there was an arrest. In some cases, the alleged victim does not want to press charges, but the arrest is made anyway.

A specialty court program may benefit your DUI case

DUI charges are quite serious and can come with severe consequences. However, the courts realize that just putting parties in jail does not address the underlying issue.

For this reason, specialty courts exist to provide an alternative means of dealing with offenders. If you face a DUI charge, a specialty court option may be available and quite beneficial.

Injuries result from drunk driving crashes

The roads of Reno and throughout Nevada can be dangerous for myriad reasons. One of the most common ways in which people can suffer injuries in a car crash is being involved in a crash with a drunk driver. Those who were impacted by such a crash need to remember that they must protect their interests and consider a legal filing for compensation.

A 20-year-old man died and a woman was critically injured when they were in a car accident with an alleged drunk driver. The driver of a Nissan was heading south when he hit a Jeep. The Jeep and the Nissan were subsequently hit by a Toyota. Following the accident, the driver of the Nissan fled, leaving his vehicle behind. The driver of the Tacoma was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the Jeep was hospitalized and is said to be in critical condition. The driver of the Nissan was found and arrested.

What if I want a workers' compensation hearing in Nevada?

Nevada workers who suffer an illness or are injured on the job will want to know whether they are protected by workers' compensation benefits. These benefits are essential to provide medical care and to help with lost wages while the worker is unable to get back on the job. A difficult scenario is when the worker seeks workers' compensation, but the request is denied. Understanding the hearing process and having legal assistance is critical.

After a worker is injured and they have received a denial, there are time limits in which to appeal. After the worker has written to the employer or the insurer and does not receive a response within 30 days, the worker can then appeal due to the failure to respond. They will then have 70 days from the date the determination was made or the date the worker mailed the request to ask for a hearing.

College basketball player charged with DUI

It is not unusual for college students in Reno and across Nevada to drink alcohol. While there is nothing overtly wrong with drinking if they are over 21, some will make the mistake of getting behind the wheel of a car. This can result in a traffic stop and an arrest for driving under the influence. Those facing DUI charges should be aware of the necessity of legal representation, as a conviction can hinder their driving privileges, their freedom and their standing in school. A law firm that handles DUI is crucial.

A college basketball player at the University of Nevada Reno was arrested for DUI. He is also alleged to have caused property damage ranging between $200 and $5,000.

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