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Drug Free Zones in Nevada: What are They and Why Should You Care?

Drug Free Zones in Nevada: What are They and Why Should You Care?

Drug-Free Zone laws began in America under the premise that the sale and use of drugs near schools was dangerous for the children. To mitigate the risk of these kids being exposed to drug use, lawmakers enacted special laws aimed at adding on harsher terms of sentencing for offenders of current drug laws within a specified radius of a school. Often times the drug laws can be difficult to understand which is why you should always consult a drug lawyer to clear up any misunderstandings of the law. You may be wondering why these laws are necessary; shouldn’t all areas be considered “drug-free” simply because they’re illegal? Ultimately, these laws were put in place as an extra incentive not to commit drug related crimes near children. These laws vary by state in terms of zone sizes and enhanced penalties. In Nevada, the size of each drug-free zone is 1,000 ft. in every direction. What does this mean for you? Meaning, that if you are caught breaking one of our current drug laws within this radius in Nevada, you may face a much longer sentencing. Some states, including Nevada, have opted to extend the locations of which this law applies. In our state, these Drug-Free Zone laws apply to all schools including elementary, middle and high schools, trade schools, College campuses, school bus stops, playgrounds, parks, pools, video centers and arcades; pretty much anywhere you’re likely to find children. Specifically, this law applies to the following offenses: Manufacture Delivery Sale There is an important distinction to note regarding the application of this law to school bus stops. In Nevada, this...
How to Avoid a DUI in Reno After a Holiday Celebration – Tips From a DUI Lawyer in Reno, NV

How to Avoid a DUI in Reno After a Holiday Celebration – Tips From a DUI Lawyer in Reno, NV

Summertime means better weather, more road trips, and lots of people hanging out at the lakes and rivers. With more people out and about enjoying the festivities, there are bound to be more poor decisions being made. Drinking and driving is never a good idea and in fact, very often ends up resulting in getting a DUI. Here are some ways to help avoid getting a DUI in Reno, Nevada, or anywhere for that matter. According to statisticbrain.com, 14,445 arrests for DUI in Nevada were made in 2015. The most frustrating part of this statistic is that each and every one of these arrests could have been prevented. DUI Checkpoints The best way to avoid getting a DUI is to simply not drink and drive. However, in some cases people have been arrested for DUI even when they felt they weren’t impaired. If you find yourself behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking even a little bit, there are certain things you can do to help ensure you don’t get pulled over. For example, steering clear of DUI checkpoints. The idea of DUI checkpoints is to keep people who have been drinking and driving off the road. Heed this clear warning and don’t risk driving, even if you’ve only had a few drinks over the course of the day. You might not feel impaired, but it’s probably not best to leave it in the hands of a breathalyzer. During the warm weather holidays, DUI checkpoints are almost sure to be surrounding the hot party spots. The 3 biggest warm weather holidays associated with people getting DUI’s are: Memorial Day...
What July 1st 2017 Means for Recreational Marijuana Users, and What it Doesn’t

What July 1st 2017 Means for Recreational Marijuana Users, and What it Doesn’t

On January 1, 2017 recreational marijuana use became legal in Nevada. However, there are still penalties for using marijuana in public. So before you go cruising through Midtown on your fixed gear ripping a joint, please remember that the law only allows for the use of pot in the privacy of your own home. Obtaining Marijuana from Local Dispensaries Now, just because weed became legal in Nevada to use, doesn’t mean you can walk into your local marijuana dispensary and buy some “chronic” or “cush.” At this time, dispensaries still require you to have a medical card to purchase pot. However, a new important date is rapidly approaching. Marijuana dispensaries in Nevada are scheduled to start selling marijuana to the general public on July 1, 2017. What is important to recognize here is that this does not change the law at all. Pot users should still not carry weed and or weed paraphernalia in public. Nevada Penalties for Marijuana Possession One of the common side effects of smoking pot is forgetfulness. So if you happen to forget that your stash is in your pocket and you have a run in with the law, you may be subject to the following penalties for possession of marijuana in Nevada: Possession or use of marijuana in public is considered a misdemeanor and subject to a maximum $600 fine. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor and subject to a maximum $600 fine. If you’re planning on breaking the law or are just curious, a complete list of marijuana related offenses, penalties, and fines for Nevada can be...
Getting a DUI in Reno Means Having To Get Your Driving Privileges Back

Getting a DUI in Reno Means Having To Get Your Driving Privileges Back

Even if you didn’t drink enough for a proper hangover, if you’ve been cited with a DUI in Reno, you’ve got some serious headaches coming your way. The combination of civil and criminal penalties for a DUI in Nevada add up to lots of time, money and inconvenience.  One of the greatest impediments to getting back to your normal life is the revocation of your driver’s license.  Many folks choose to run the 90-day gauntlet and drive without their license in the name of getting to work, transporting children, or for less noble reasons.  Noble or not, driving with a revoked license is ill-advised.  Getting caught for it usually adds plenty of extra penalties.  There is another way. What You’re Looking At: The Administrative and Criminal Penalties for a 1st offense DUI in Nevada Are: License revocation: 90 days Jail sentence of 2 days to 6 months OR 96 hours of community service Fine of $400 to $1,000. SR-22 Certificate of Liability Insurance: Required 3 years Victims Compensation, Driver’s License Fee, Testing Fee, Reinstatement Fee:  $224.25 Ignition Interlock Device (installation and monthly monitoring fees) Mandatory attendance of DUI school (more fees) Possible order to attend a substance-abuse treatment program (more fees) What You Can Do if You Get a DUI in Reno The fees and restitution listed above add up considerably.  However, if you are forced to quit a job, miss interviews, or lose the support of a new relationship due to non-existent or impractical transportation options, the fallout gets much more severe.  And you certainly do not want to drive with a suspended license.  So, what to do? Hiring...
Trusted Help for Traffic Tickets

Trusted Help for Traffic Tickets

Most of us don’t get too excited over traffic tickets. They’re more of an inconvenience for most folks than an adrenaline activator. However, those with a penchant for speeding, running reds, or tempting fate in other ways, one more ticket can carry serious consequences. Whether it’s a first-time but serious charge like a DUI or reckless driving, or a less serious follow up to a litany of motoring mistakes, calling an attorney for a quick consultation will be the best move you can make. During your consultation, an attorney will evaluate your case and let you know if his or her services can help reduce or dismiss the charges against you. Reno police are fair. They are known to do their job in accordance to their mandate of keeping roadways safe. In the process of fulfilling their duty, they issue numerous citations each year. The courts who deal with the administration of these citations are equally firm. As the points on your traffic record increase, so do the consequences and penalties. Why an Attorney? Unless you are a student of criminal justice or watch excessive court TV, you probably don’t have much deep insight about the law and how the system works. And even then, those are topics most of us either avoid or visit only when necessary. So, while you know how to drive a car, you are likely ill-equipped to either represent yourself or come through a court process as well as you could with the help of an attorney. Cross examination of witnesses or questioning officers will simply not go off well because you binge-watched some...
Child Custody Issues: Enforcing Rights and Child Well-Being in Reno

Child Custody Issues: Enforcing Rights and Child Well-Being in Reno

Few matters in family law are as emotionally draining and downright confusing as child custody. Much has changed in the last 30 or 40 years. Divorce rates have skyrocketed, mothers have entered the workforce and continuing education in unprecedented numbers and traditional male/female roles continue to blur and overlap. Unfortunately, custody disputes now mirror the same complexity that we see in modern family life. Custody disparities arrive at difficult times – usually at the end of a relationship or sometime after the dissolution of marriage when acrimony still fouls the air. Whether married or unmarried, couples, partners, friends and spouses find themselves contending with several trying situations simultaneously. Money, property, and even friends need to be split up. Add a child, or children to that equation, and reason and fairness fly out of the window. This is the precise moment when you need an attorney who knows the law and who embraces a family-first stance. Resolving Custody Disputes for the Benefit of the Child The goal in resolving custody contests is not simply having one party triumph and the others concede defeat. It’s about having all parties emerge with the healthiest, most sustainable arrangement possible. Disaffected and emotional parents tend to think of themselves as the most important of two parties in the dispute. And they forget that child health has nothing to do with retribution. The reality is that each child caught in the middle of the dispute is the most important party to the resolution and his or her needs supersede those of parents. For this reason, differences are seemingly irreconcilable and skilled attorneys are needed to...
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