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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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