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Criminal defense lawyers assist those accused of DUI this holiday

The spirit of the season is upon us in Nevada, and this includes not just feasting, caroling and gift-giving, but also "spirits" such as those found in your favorite eggnog, mixed drink or even a cold beer or a fine wine. Many people in Nevada have a drink or two while celebrating the holidays and usually this is not a cause for concern. However, the situation can quickly ratchet up if a person is pulled over on accusations of drunk driving after leaving a holiday celebration.

Being convicted of drunk driving is a serious offense. A person convicted of drunk driving could end up losing his or her driver's license, could face significant fines and might even have to spend time in jail. Moreover, after serving their sentence they may find their driver's insurance premiums have shot up and they now have a criminal record to contend with.

New tax act could spell big changes to alimony if enacted

For those in Nevada who follow politics, tax reform is a hot button issue right now. In fact, a recent act known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has received considerable attention on both sides of the aisle, some positive, some negative. Of course, not everyone follows politics. However, they may want to stop and take note of this act, especially if they pay or receive alimony, also known as spousal support.

As it stands right now, alimony payments are deductible for the paying party, but must be included as income and taxed for the receiving party. According to the Internal Revenue Service, in 2015 nearly 600,000 individuals took advantage of the alimony deduction on their income taxes, amounting to over $12.3 billion. However, under this new act, the opposite will be true. Alimony will be taxed to the paying party, and the party who receives it will not have to report it as income.

3 reasons to consider requesting a child custody modification

As the holidays approach and you take a look at your child custody arrangement, you may find that it is no longer working well for you. If your current custody or vacation details leave you dissatisfied, you may be wondering if there is a way to make changes.

According to Nevada laws, you can request a child custody modification when it is in the best interest of your child or there is a substantial change in circumstances. Here are some reasons you may want to pursue changing your custody arrangement. 

What are Nevada's laws regarding cell phone use while driving?

According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, a person who is talking on the phone while operating a motor vehicle is four times more apt to be involved in a car accident than those who don't. In fact, if a person is using a cell phone while behind the wheel of a car to send a text message or make a phone call, his or her reaction time can be delayed just as much as if the person was driving while intoxicated. This is true even if the motorist is using their cell phone hands-free.

Nationwide in 2012, almost 3,500 individuals lost their lives and around 500,000 suffered injuries in accidents involving a distracted driver. However, this number might be much higher, as a police report doesn't always mention whether distracted driving played a role in the collision.

One killed, one injured in catastrophic car crash on I-80

After a night out on the town, if a person is too intoxicated to drive, they have options. They can take a taxi or the bus home. They can catch a ride with a sober driver. They can even remain where they are until they are no longer intoxicated. Unfortunately, intoxicated drivers will still take to the streets of Nevada, causing catastrophic accidents.

Nevada police are investigating a crash on Interstate 80 close to midnight on October 12 that killed one person and left another with life-threatening injuries. The incident took place when a motorist, age 39, was heading the wrong way on I-80. That motorist was operating a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. He got onto the interstate in the wrong direction, driving westward in the eastbound lane. He then hit a 2008 Toyota 4Runner head on.

Nevada workers may be exposed to asbestos in the workplace

While most employers in Nevada want to make sure their workplaces are safe for employees, dangers can still exist that could have a negative impact on a worker's health. For example, one occupational disease that some people have contracted through their work is pleural mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace.

Pleural mesothelioma affects a person's lungs. Between 1999 and 2015, it is estimated that around 280 individuals in Nevada lost their lives due to mesothelioma. Most mesothelioma cases in the state occurred in Clark County.

Road rage leads to fatal accident in Nevada

Driving can be a stressful and sometimes aggravating activity, particularly when those who share the road are driving recklessly. Sometimes these frustrations boil over into incidents of road rage, with one driver purposefully acting aggressively out of anger targeted at another driver. However, road rage can be extremely dangerous, as one incident can show.

A Nevada man lost his life in an auto accident on Interstate 15 reportedly due to road rage on the part of another driver. The incident began when a motorist driving a Jeep SUV southbound on the inner lane of the interstate drove recklessly. Witnesses report that following that, a motorist driving a BMW M5 was driving in front of the Jeep and a motorist driving a Cadillac Escalade were engaged in aggressive driving because of road rage.

How might a DUI charge affect child custody talks?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough. Now you have a DUI charge to contend with, and one of the top things on your mind might be whether you need to disclose the charge to your co-parent and how it could affect custody talks and parenting plans.

First things first: Yes, you should disclose the charge. If you have been communicating primarily with your co-parent through attorneys, let that pattern continue. If you and your co-parent are handling almost everything yourselves, wait to disclose the information at an emotionally neutral time and when there is time for questions and discussions. Consider making the disclosure at a mediation session or counseling appointment.

Is it always worth it to fight for the family home in a divorce?

People in Nevada often have emotional ties to the family home, which can make it one of the most sought-after pieces of property should a couple divorce. Each side may have very personal reasons for wanting to keep the family home. However, there are important financial considerations that accompany home ownership that should be considered before deciding whether to fight for such a large asset.

First of all, owning a home requires money. If there is a mortgage, the spouse keeping the home must be able to afford the monthly payments on a single income. If something major breaks, such as a furnace, the person keeping the home must be able to cover the costs of a repair or replacement. In addition, a person may need to refinance the mortgage in their name only. If they believe they will be unable to do so, it may not be worth it to pursue the family home in a divorce. For example, lenders may be hesitant to enter into a loan with a person whose primary sources of income are spousal support and child support.

Helping clients seek workers' compensation benefits since 1965

Americans have a strong work ethic and do what it takes to get the job done. Unfortunately, even seemingly mundane work can lead to a workplace injury or illness. Of course, it seems obvious that some lines of work, such as construction work or working in the manufacturing industry present dangers, but even office workers can be injured when they have to lift something heavy or perform repetitive tasks over a long period of time.

When a person in Washoe County suffers a workplace injury or illness, their main focus may simply be on receiving the medical care they need to get better. However, this means they will incur medical expenses. The situation becomes even more serious when a person is too injured or ill to work, and therefore is facing the potential of lost wages.

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