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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...
Alcohol, Teens, Holidays and Driving: Playing it Safe Behind the Wheel

Alcohol, Teens, Holidays and Driving: Playing it Safe Behind the Wheel

Most of us think about driving conditions as factors influenced by traffic, weather and roadway quality or complexity. Ample data clearly prove however, that we ought to expand our definition of driving conditions to include drivers around us, their level of sobriety and distraction, and our own state of mind and sobriety. Increases in vehicular accidents obviously correspond to increased driver intoxication. Traffic and inclement weather undeniably contribute to accidents and motor vehicle fatalities, but year after year, we see that accidents and fatalities cluster around holidays, when alcohol and drug consumption increase. Cinco de Mayo, the Super Bowl and St. Patrick’s Day claim disproportionate number of lives as well. Summers and Holidays – Contributing to More Accidents and Arrests National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data show that between 2001 and 2005, an average of 36 fatalities occurred per day in the United States owing to alcohol-related accidents. During summers and holidays however those numbers rose dramatically. The weeks leading up to and directly after Christmas saw an average of 45 fatalities from alcohol-related accidents each day, and soared to 54 per day over the New Year’s holiday. While the lazy days of summer season offer the best weather and driving conditions of the year, the presumed safety is sadly eroded by alcohol-impaired drivers. According to the NHTSA, the summer months see nearly twice the number of automotive deaths than during the rest of the year combined.  The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been called the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for teen drivers. Nine of the ten deadliest days for teens fall between May and August...
The New Nevada Law Around Marijuana and What You Should Know

The New Nevada Law Around Marijuana and What You Should Know

On November 8 of this year, Nevada voters narrowly approved Question 2, which legalizes, taxes, and regulates marijuana for adults 21 and older. Despite well-financed opposition, marijuana was decriminalized in our fine state of Nevada. From a social, legislative and criminal system perspective, this is probably great news all around, but there are several things you should know about the new regulations. The decriminalization of marijuana for adults means that the penalties for possession and distribution are greatly reduced from what they are in other states. However, and here’s what’s important to bear in mind, limits and penalties still exist. That’s why you need to understand the law. There’s still plenty of trouble to get into by possessing, cultivating, and obviously selling it. Nevada Marijuana Cultivation and Possession Limits In addition to allowing medical cannabis dispensaries, the recent legislation increases cultivation and possession limits. The relaxing of regulation should not however be interpreted as a free-for-all.   Cultivation without a medical card carries a felony charge, for instance. And Nevada’s marijuana-related DUI guidelines allow for finite blood content tolerances. One positive feature for Nevada’s medical marijuana users is that the state recognizes the patient status of non-residents who are qualified under their state government’s laws. This is an important point because the law was crafted under medicinal pretexts – it really wasn’t designed to delight the couch surfing purists in our midst. For that reason, rules persist and you don’t want to challenge a law enforcement establishment that’s been seeped in anti-drug ideology for half a century. Nevada police are tough and will exercise their authority to the limit of...
A Guide to Staying Out of Trouble at SnowGlobe 2016

A Guide to Staying Out of Trouble at SnowGlobe 2016

Know what’s worse than not getting a ticket to SnowGlobe?  Getting arrested or cited at SnowGlobe after you’ve gone to the effort of paying for a ticket, making the trip and designing a blinking bodysuit and parka.  Not that arrests are overwhelmingly common at the event, but we must remember it’s an EDM affair, with lots of festive folks looking to party, leading right up to New Year’s Eve.  That’s a potent combination of fun factors that will inevitably land a few unfortunate souls in the back seat of the wrong car. The key, of course, is to not be among the hapless few.  Avoiding trouble at this festival boils down to using basic common sense and decent decision-making.  The most common offense leading to arrest is driving while intoxicated.  The most common infraction leading to citation is Minor in Possession of alcohol.  Then comes possession of narcotics and on down the list. Given the data above, the best decision you can make is not operating a vehicle.  With Uber, Lyft and good old fashioned taxis, there is no reason you should drive after the trancing and dancing is done.  The 20-dollar fare pales in comparison to the financial cost of a DUI.  Besides, it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  Cops are instructed to be hype-vigilant to keep motorists safe and their departments well-funded.  And they’re no strangers to festivals like this.  After all, their brethren keep a watchful eye on the Granddaddy of all festivals each summer in the Black Rock Desert not too far away. Lesser offenses like minor in possession and drug possession will cause an abrupt cessation to the celebration as well.  If you’re involved with the police in any...
Nevada DUI Penalties

Nevada DUI Penalties

Think you can drink and drive and avoid getting charged with DUI? Think again. An alarming 17% of Americans have faced or will face DUI arrest at some point in their driving careers. Of those charged each year, an astounding 31% are repeat offenders. These stats simply corroborate something most of us already know – DUI arrests are unfortunately all too common and have either happened to us or ones we love. I say unfortunately because of the misery driving under the influence brings to families and communities (an average of 85 people die each year from drunk driving in Nevada alone), and because of the serious consequences that Nevada DUI penalties bring to ill-fated drivers. With a significant economic legacy of gambling and an ongoing reliance on tourism, alcohol consumption is somewhat woven into Nevada’s culture. Whenever alcohol is provided in exchange for patronage, one might assume that alcohol-related issues increase significantly. Compared to other states, Nevada actually falls in the middle for DUI arrests, but a lot of that has to do with vigilant policing and strong public service messaging campaigns. All of that aside, it’s important for Nevadans to remember one thing when it comes to driving under the influence: Nevada’s drunk driving laws are tough. And tough laws in this area make sense. Far too many innocent lives are lost and compromised at the fleeting intersection of impaired decision making and a set of keys. That said, being arrested for DUI is scary and poses significant interruptions in peoples’ lives – which in itself is no accident. A first DUI conviction is usually a misdemeanor and...
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