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A DUI in Nevada may lead to an ignition interlock device

The Fourth of July holiday was a time for celebration for many in Nevada, with barbecues, parades, fireworks and more. However, since this holiday is a popular time for drinking alcohol, Nevada police officers were on high alert for those they believed were driving under the influence. While many people may already know a drunk driving conviction could result in fines and jail time, they may not be aware that sometimes a person will also be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles.

Keep an eye on your college kid's drinking

Your child worked hard to get into college. They kept their grades up all through high school. You watched them struggle with math and completing papers. There were days when you found them creating flashcards. Sometimes they went to the coffee shop to study with friends. The day the acceptance letters for college started rolling in, you were beaming with pride.

How can Specialty Courts in Nevada help drug addicts?

Nevada, like all other states in our nation, is experiencing an opioid crisis. Opioids are highly addictive drugs. For some people, their addiction to opioids is so severe that it will lead them to obtain opioid pain relievers without a legal prescription or even seek out illegal substances, such as heroin or fentanyl. Unfortunately, possessing drugs through such means is illegal and could lead to criminal charges.

How does assault differ from battery in Nevada?

People in Nevada will sometimes get into arguments with others. These arguments can be domestic in nature or they can be between two strangers. These arguments can often be resolved peacefully, but sometimes the situation becomes very heated and one of the parties involved will be accused of committing assault or battery. There are significant distinctions between these two crimes; they are not the same thing. Nevada statutes define these two crimes and address the penalties a person will face if convicted of assault or battery.

Can drivers in Nevada refuse to submit to a breath test?

Most people in Nevada understand that driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal, and there can be serious consequences should they be convicted on a DUI charge. Sometimes drivers are pulled over by police while driving and will be asked to perform a breath test to determine what the person's blood alcohol concentration is. This can be an intimidating situation, and a person may wonder whether they are able to say "no" when asked to perform a breath test.

Alcohol treatment program may be an option under Nevada law

Under Nevada law, it may be possible for someone who is convicted of drunk driving to undergo an alcohol treatment program as part of a suspended sentence. If a person is found guilty of drunk driving, but their blood alcohol content level was under 0.18 percent, prior to sentencing they can apply to the court to enter into an alcohol treatment program for a minimum of six months. The court will allow this if certain elements are met.

When may semi-truck drivers face drunk driving charges?

Semi-trucks are an important part of commerce in Nevada and across the nation. Whether they are delivering oranges from Florida, apples from Washington or any other sort of goods manufactured in the United States, because of semi-trucks, companies are able to get their products to store shelves nationwide.

Will a license suspension follow one across states if they move?

A person could have their driver's license revoked for a number of reasons. Drunk driving, a hit-and-run or assault are all reasons why a person might lose their license. Losing one's license to drive in Nevada can make everyday life difficult. People do not always have access to reliable public transportation so when they lose their driver's license they may find it difficult to go to work, run necessary errands or simply have the ability to visit friends, go out to eat or do something else for social or entertainment purposes.

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.

What are some common field sobriety tests?

Hearing a police siren and seeing the flashing red and blue lights in your rear-view mirror can make anyone in Washoe County nervous. This is especially true if the officer accuses you of drunk driving. When this is the case, the officer may ask that you perform a field sobriety test.

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