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Life Is Beautiful (If You Aren’t Arrested)

Life Is Beautiful (If You Aren’t Arrested)

As the name suggests, there’s lots to celebrate at the annual Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas. And, as we all know, adult-style fun is often a part of these types of get togethers. While adult-style fun may be your cup of tea and precisely why you choose to attend, law enforcement is guaranteed to be less sympathetic to certain forms of recreation and entertainment. Life Is Beautiful and the granddaddy of all festivals, Burning Man, both take place in Nevada. Unfortunately, Nevada has rather draconian laws pertaining to drug possession, sale and trafficking. Nevada, with its expansive terrain and open-minded citizenry, is otherwise well-suited to accommodate the carefree revelry that attends these types of hoedowns. No blog post is going to dissuade you from making your own choices, dancing like a dervish or exercising your freedoms of expression. However, it could help persuade you to exercise good judgement on the way to, during, and directly after the Life Is Beautiful festival. (I might also casually mention that drug possession, use, or trafficking are not technically ‘freedoms’ they’re just common ways to break the law.) Now that that’s cleared up, let’s get back to common sense and ways to avoid fines or incarceration during this merry affair. Don’t go to sell: Selling illegal drugs immediately throws you into an entirely escalated echelon of offense. Even the intent to sell, while tougher to prove, propels your case into a zone of seriousness that you want no part of. For example, if you’re a repeat offender found to be selling less than 100 pounds of weed, you could be charged...
Busted: Drug Attorney in Reno Explains Burning Man Arrests

Busted: Drug Attorney in Reno Explains Burning Man Arrests

It’s one hell of a festival, I’ll tell you that. But like everything else in life, Burning Man — that week-long gathering… okay, party at the playa — comes with certain consequences, especially if you don’t behave. As a drug attorney in Reno, my first advise would really be for you “Burners” to behave, but if you do plan on misbehaving (tsk, tsk) then you should at least be aware of what you’re getting yourself into. Contrary to popular belief, Burning Man is not an event where anything goes. It may look like it, what with nearly 70,000 free-spirited Burners scattered across the Black Rock Desert, but make no mistake: There will be law enforcement patrolling the grounds. We’re talking DEA agents, FBI agents, and other police officers. Some of them even go undercover, mingling with the crowd and just waiting for the right time to bust you even for minor infractions. Just how serious is law enforcement at Burning Man? Take a look at last year’s numbers. In 2015, the Pershing Country Sheriff’s Office (one of the entities responsible for policing the event, along with the Bureau of Land Management and Washoe County) reported 41 Burning Man arrests. That’s 600% more arrests than in 2014! Forty six percent (46%) of those arrests were for trafficking of a controlled substance, the most serious narcotics crime in Nevada, so let’s go over that. Different Drug Charges at Burning Man Disabuse yourself of the notion that drugs are legal at Burning Man. They are not. People who do drugs at Burning Man – whether it’s possessing, making, or selling them – do so at their own risk. For the sake of...
Drug Lawyer Reno To Doctors: “Be Prudent When Prescribing Opioids”

Drug Lawyer Reno To Doctors: “Be Prudent When Prescribing Opioids”

When you think of a drug dealer, what do you imagine? Probably not someone wearing a white lab coat and writing in a prescription pad. However, doctors are coming under increased scrutiny for their role in prescribing drugs as our country grapples with an opioid epidemic. In this blog post Richard P. Davies, a drug lawyer in Reno, weighs in on the opioid epidemic and what doctors can do to protect themselves from criminal charges. What are opioids? Opioids are medications that relieve pain like hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone, and fentanyl. Opioids have a similar chemical composition to opiates like morphine, codeine, heroin, and opium. Opioids are excellent for minimizing pain, but are unfortunately very addicting. If opioids are legal, then why is everyone talking about them? There is a slippery slope when it comes to prescribing opioid medications. Opioids are an effective pain killer, which is why doctors prescribe them. However, opioid medications become a problem when patients become addicted to them. How many pills must one person take in order to become addicted? We may never know the answer to that question, which is why doctors must think twice about their dosage recommendation when prescribing opioid medications. When a doctor prescribes more opioid medication than what is needed, complications may arise. The patient may take more medication than they need, opening the door to dependence and addiction. Patients may also inadvertently become part of the problem by leaving an unfinished bottle of opioids in the cabinet for a child or friend to find and experiment with. The doctor’s office is usually the first place that opioid addicts visit. If the person cannot find a doctor...
Keep Your Cool During Hot August Nights: Advice from a Criminal Defense Attorney

Keep Your Cool During Hot August Nights: Advice from a Criminal Defense Attorney

And by Hot August Nights, I don’t mean those scorching nights in the height of summer when cases of heat stroke are imminent (on that note, I advise that you all stay hydrated!). By Hot August Nights, I am of course referring to the annual summer event where hundreds of people descend upon Reno for a week of Show-n-Shines, nostalgia, entertainment, and revelry. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Hot August Nights, so it’s bound to be bigger, better, and most likely, a little rowdier than before. Over the years, law enforcement in Reno have done a tremendous job keeping Hot August Nights revelers safe; both residents and tourists have also been on their best behavior. In 2014, the Reno Police Department reported 14 arrests, a 40% decrease from the previous year. In 2015, that number was even lower: Just 5 arrests. While we want to keep the troublemaking down to a minimum (or none at all), things happen. You get drunk, you get riled up, and soon you find yourself getting detained for your own protection. As a criminal defense attorney in Reno, I’ve seen it happen time and again: people getting arrested, being charged with misdemeanors, or being taken into civil protective custody, so trust me when I say that staying out of trouble at events like Hot August Nights is something that can and should be avoided. Don’t Drink and Drive It’s Hot August Nights; of course you’re going to drink! Here’s the thing, though: With hundreds of people flocking to Reno during this weeklong event, the Reno Police Department is serious about taking drunk drivers...
Festival Etiquette & Advice from a Criminal Defense Attorney

Festival Etiquette & Advice from a Criminal Defense Attorney

Summertime is upon us, and there are so many fun things to do! Your favorite bands are touring, and it seems like there’s a different block party to attend every week. Festival season is a big deal here in Reno, which is the closest major city to the infamous Burning Man festival. Whether you’re a local attending an annual event like Street Vibrations, or an out-of-towner visiting for Burning Man, you should know a bit about festival etiquette and Nevada law before you go crazy. The combination of amazing music, being in a crowd with thousands of people, and ample intoxicants make festivals fun, but can also cause people to act out. When people are part of a large crowd, they may believe that they can act a certain way within a group and not have the same consequences that the same actions would have if they acted alone. This phenomena is known as “mob mentality,” and helps to explain why so many people misbehave and get arrested at festivals. Staying out of trouble at events is easy to do if you are aware of festival etiquette. Avoid getting arrested at a festival this summer by following the tips from Nevada criminal defense attorney Richard P. Davies below. Keep your Hands to Yourself Bodies are pressed all around you, swaying and moving to the music. The atmosphere is electric, and you can’t help but notice that the woman dancing in front of you is very attractive. With so many people in the crowd, you wonder if she will notice if you cop a quick feel. Before you do something creepy, consider the consequences. Not only are you exceeding the bounds of common...
Expert Drug Defense in Nevada

Expert Drug Defense in Nevada

Nevada is not the place you want to receive a drug charge – whether it be for trafficking, possession, manufacture, or distribution. The state’s zero-tolerance policy and draconian penalties smack of the Regan era. Be that as it may, drug charges in Nevada are common and if you’ve gotten one, the odds are dramatically stacked against you. Given the consequences you face, the one thing you must not do is navigate the road ahead without professional legal help. The highly punitive ramifications associated with drug charges dictate that you need not only knowledgeable advocacy, but one who isn’t afraid to try a case in court. If you plan on refuting the charges, you’ll require the skills of a tough drug attorney in Reno who can challenge, argue, and cross-examine. While these sound like the stuff all lawyers are made of, believe me – they are not standard-issue skills. Beyond competency, you’ll want a lawyer who knows the local justice system, judges, and prosecutors. This level of familiarity comes only after years of experience, and certainly isn’t conferred upon lawyers just fresh out of school. Knowing which judge and which prosecutor you’re up against can be as, or more important than, any other factors in the case. The other attribute you’ll need to sniff out is diligence. A highly skilled drug defense lawyer in Reno conducts discovery and checks facts as methodically as they recite closing arguments. Careful preparatory work in the beginning can translate to drastically reduced sentencing and an earlier return to a productive life. As mentioned above, odds are stacked dramatically against you. This is because the law...
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