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Nevada government worker arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

The communications director for the governor's office is facing a potentially disastrous charge after being pulled over the night of May 15. The Nevada governor's spokeswoman was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and is currently facing charges to that effect. No trial date has yet been set.

Very few details of her arrest are available as of this report, but it has been made clear that attending officers who pulled her over were sure enough of her allegedly intoxicated state to formally charge her. It has not been clarified why she was initially pulled over or how officers reached this conclusion. No mention was made of a roadside sobriety test or blood sample being taken to confirm these allegations.

3 men in Nevada face trial date in murder charge

The three men accused of murdering a gas station employee are facing their trial date, according to local crime news. The alleged murder took place on Jan. 25, 2015, at a Nevada gas station, and now the three men believed to be responsible for the crime will get their day in court. The trial is slated to begin in late July. 

According to the prosecution, the three men were attempting to rob the gas station when the fatal event apparently occurred. It is not clear which of the three men on trial is the one accused of pulling the trigger, but the situation is such that all three men are sharing in the murder charge. They also face charges for aggravated robbery in connection with the alleged attempt to rob the store. 

Criminal background checks may be prohibited on some applications

Individuals convicted of criminal offenses in Nevada often face a stigma when applying for jobs. This is because most applications include a question asking if the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime. This can significantly impact an applicant's ability to be offered a job despite their other qualifications. 

A proposed bill in Nevada could change this. The bill would prohibit state and local government employers from asking applicants to check a box indicating they have been convicted of a criminal offense. It would also prohibit employers from completing criminal background checks on applicants.

Police detective in Nevada facing DUI charge

A law enforcement officer is facing a potentially damning charge following his arrest around 4 a.m. on Feb. 1, according to local news sources. A Nevada undercover police detective has been charged with DUI and will appear before a court in the near future. The almost 15-year veteran of the force could see his career destroyed if he is found guilty of these serious charges. 

Details of the officer's arrest are incomplete as of this report, but it has been confirmed that witnesses reported him asleep at the wheel of an unidentified vehicle. It is unclear if the vehicle was police property. The officer was summarily arrested, though it was not mentioned in the report if the attending officers administered a blood or breath test to determine the man's level of sobriety. 

Alleged drunk driving accident in Nevada leaves 2 dead

A 20-year-old man is accused of being intoxicated behind the wheel at the time of a fatal car accident in Las Vegas, according to local sources. Nevada police arrested the man following an alleged drunk driving incident on March 30, though it has been confirmed the 15-year-old passenger in the vehicle will not face charges. So far, no court date has been announced publicly. 

According to the accident report, the man struck and killed two pedestrians waiting at a bus stop, including a 58-year-old woman and her 6-year-old granddaughter. An 18-month-old child was also injured in the crash, though her injuries were reportedly minor. The passenger in the vehicle was also injured, and there is currently no word on her status. 

Newest online crime registry lists white-collar convictions

We recently wrote about a bill under consideration that would expand the scope of Nevada’s sex offender registry. While politicians often gain popularity with “tough on crime” measures like offender registries, the registries themselves usually create more fear than public safety. Moreover, critics of sex offender registration argue that once a person’s name goes on the list, it becomes nearly impossible to reintegrate into society after serving their sentence.

Yet, nearly all states extensively use sex offender registries. Some states have also expanded into other crime registries, including drug convictions and even registries of known arsonists. And earlier this month, Nevada’s neighbor to the east created the country’s first-ever registry for individuals convicted of white-collar crime.

Can you be held liable for your child's spring break DUI?

If your child is arrested for drunk driving over spring break, you may be held partially liable for his or her behavior. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your child’s arrest, you may be held liable in a civil case and/or a criminal case. If your child is at least 21-years-old, you will likely not be held liable unless you knowingly over-served him or her. Otherwise, you will generally only risk liability if your child is underage.

Parents are generally not held criminally liable for underage drunk driving behaviors. However, some states will prosecute parents who hold parties with underage drinking. Some states do allow underage individuals to drink specifically when they are in the presence of their parent(s) and have the consent of that parent. However, this leniency does not extend to allowing other underage individuals to drink in a random adult’s presence. If you provide alcohol to your own child or to another underage individual, you may be held criminally responsible if that alcohol leads to a DUI, depending on the laws of the state you are in.

Lawmakers consider bill expanding the scope of sex offender registry

The law here in Nevada dictates that those people convicted of certain sex crimes must register as a sex offender with local law enforcement officials. In the event they fail to do so within a designated timeframe, they may face a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender, which is punishable by fines of up to $5,000 and up to four years in prison for a first offense.

Interestingly, state lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would add yet another offense to the list of sex crimes mandating registration.

Why your criminal hearing or trial may be delayed

If you have been arrested and charged with criminal wrongdoing, you may be surprised at how long it might take to get criminal hearings or your trial underway. It may strike you as odd that you have been charged with a crime and must now wait with your fingers crossed until you are called in to see a judge, perhaps multiple times.

There are many reasons why criminal hearings and trials are delayed. Chances are that your criminal defense attorney will be able to explain exactly why delays are occurring in regards to your case specifically. But if you are anxious about what other factors may contribute to future delays, it may benefit you to learn about this phenomenon. Sometimes being mentally prepared for delays can make them more bearable.

Understanding the basics of resisting arrest

You may have heard popular culture references to individuals being charged with resisting arrest on television, in books or in movies. You may have witnessed the kind of exchange between law enforcement and a suspect that leads to such charges. You may even have been accused of this conduct yourself. Whether you have only heard of this charge or are seeking a criminal defense attorney to defend you from potential consequences associated with this charge, it is important to understand it.

Understanding your rights and responsibilities under the law is one of the only solid ways you can protect yourself from being thrown in jail or being compelled to navigate other frustrating consequences of being convicted of a crime. Basically, if you are told by law enforcement that you are under arrest, it is your responsibility to allow officers to carry out arrest-related procedures.

Skillful Defense Against Any Type Of PCS Or Marijuana Possession Charge

My only concern is securing the best available result for each client I serve. I am diligent If you are found in possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, a medication for which you have no doctor's prescription, club drugs or drug paraphernalia, I will present the strongest possible case to show that the drugs were not yours or that the police had no grounds to perform the search that led to the discovery of the drugs.

If the prosecution has compelling evidence in your case, I will pursue every available option in an effort to avoid a conviction on your record. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, it may be possible negotiate 3363 treatment that would allow for your case to be dismissed after you complete court-ordered classes or drug treatment.

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