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Man arrested for DUI and grand larceny needs criminal defense

Any allegations of a criminal act in Reno and throughout Nevada should be taken seriously. People who are facing charges of any crime should be cognizant of the penalties they will face, if there is a conviction. In some cases, the person has a history of violent behavior and will need a different level of defense than someone who might have made a mistake on a whim. Of course, no one is above the law and regardless of the reason for an arrest, there can be hefty consequences including fines, jail time and more. A legal professional who is experienced with all aspects of criminal defense is crucial to crafting a strong defense against all charges, violent and not.

Motorcyclist suffers personal injury in crash with drunk driver

Motorcycles are often on the road in Reno and throughout Nevada. When sharing the road with a motorcyclist, it is important for drivers of normal vehicles to keep a close eye on them to avoid a crash. However, when the driver of a conventional vehicle is not paying attention, is under the influence, is driving recklessly or is negligent, it raises the likelihood of an accident and personal injury for a rider. Since motorcyclists are naturally vulnerable, there is a significant chance that there will be severe injuries and death. For people who have been hurt in a motorcycle crash or the family of a loved one who died, it is crucial to have legal advice to consider all their options.

A motorcyclist was severely hurt when he was hit by an alleged drunk driver. The accident happened in the late morning at around 11:30 a.m. According to the initial investigation, the 32-year-old male driver of a Chevrolet pickup is believed to have been heading east when he hit the rider as he was turning to go south. The driver of the pickup stayed at the scene and was being cooperative. He was subsequently arrested for DUI. The rider was taken to the hospital. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Workplace hazards for janitors and custodians

As a custodial worker, you know you face risks every day. While some moments of your job may seem mundane, there are some real dangers that may cause you injury. Whether you work in an office building, school or any other facility, you may experience an accident on the job.

Your employer should utilize risk management strategies to reduce your risk of injuries and promote your health. Here are some janitorial hazards that may cause you to seek compensation for your workplace injury.

Are sobriety checkpoints legal in Nevada?

No one enjoys being pulled over by the police, especially when they believe they have been following the rules of the road and have not done anything wrong. This may especially be true when a sober driver is stopped at a DUI checkpoint. Nevada statutes permit police to set up sobriety checkpoints. However, the question is still often raised as to whether DUI checkpoints are legal.

Sobriety checkpoints are set up in order to identify drunk drivers. They often take place around holidays where many people will be drinking, such as Labor Day weekend. Due to the random selection process used, a DUI checkpoint will inevitably cause even sober drivers to be stopped by police for no apparent reason. Therefore, some may wonder whether this is an unreasonable search and seizure in violation of a driver's Fourth Amendment rights. The U.S. Supreme Court examined this issue, and it decided that sobriety checkpoints are lawful.

August is an especially dangerous month for car crashes

Summer is drawing to a close in Nevada, but that doesn't mean the roads are becoming safer. Motorists still must deal with changes in traffic patterns, the unexpected behaviors of other drivers, construction zones and more. In fact, according to two sources, August is an especially dangerous driving month in the United States.

Last August may have been the worst month in terms of motor vehicle accidents over the past four years. In August 2016, almost 61,000 collisions were reported to Nationwide Insurance. Nationwide stated that hard braking, sudden acceleration and time spent in congested traffic were the main factors that contributed to these accidents.

5 steps to take after a dog bite

Experiencing a dog bite can be traumatic and result in severe injuries and diseases. If a dog bites you, no matter who it belongs to, you may want to file a personal injury claim. Taking legal action may get you compensation for your damages. Here are some tips to help you prepare for a dog bite lawsuit: 

Returning to work after being injured on the job in Nevada

Being injured on the job can be a stressful experience. People in Nevada who find themselves in just such a situation may be concerned about regaining their health. Will they recover from their injury or will their injury be permanent?

In addition to that worry is how the worker will be able to pay his or her bills and living expenses while he or she is recovering from his or her injury and cannot return to work. Fortunately, Nevada law provides workers' compensation benefits to qualifying workers to help reduce this financial stress.

New device could detect marijuana, lead to DUI charges

While it is common for police in Nevada to conduct a breath test to determine a motorist's blood alcohol content, testing for driving under the influence of drugs, specifically marijuana, has been more difficult. That is because up until recently, blood tests for marijuana may detect the drug, but they are not able to pinpoint whether a driver is currently high or whether there are simply residual drugs in their system from prior marijuana use that has not impaired the motorist's driving. However, new technological advancements may change that.

A new device developed by Hound Labs that is about as big as a large cellphone may be able to provide a more accurate assessment of a motorist's intoxication with regards to marijuana. Like a breath test for alcohol, the motorist breaths into a tube on the device. The device then detects whether the motorist has smoked marijuana within the last two hours. In addition, the device can also be used to conduct breath tests for alcohol.

Consider your taxes when deciding whether to divorce in 2018

Whether a divorce comes only after a few years of marriage or after decades of marriage, once the decision to end their relationship is made, spouses in Nevada may be eager to go through the divorce process as quickly as possible. This may be possible for couples who weren't married long, have no children and have little in the way of assets. However, wealthier couples may have more complex divorce legal issues to sort out.

While no one should hastily rush through the divorce process, couples in a high-asset divorce may want to determine whether they should divorce in 2018 or continue working on their divorce legal issues during the New Year. This is due to changes made in tax laws earlier this year that affect alimony and certain assets that may be subject to property division.

Can you appeal a denial of workers' compensation benefits?

Nevada workers are sometimes injured on-the-job in a manner that is so severe that it prevents them from working. When this happens, they may apply for workers' compensation benefits.

Unfortunately, sometimes despite a worker's best efforts and great need, their initial application for workers' compensation benefits is denied. However, workers may be relieved to hear that this doesn't have to be the end of the story. There are ways to appeal a denial. The first level of appeal is seeking a hearing through a Hearing Officer.

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