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WARNING: If You Take Drugs at Burning Man

WARNING: If You Take Drugs at Burning Man

Reno Criminal Defense Lawyer Discusses Drugs at Burning Man and How Recent Legalization of Marijuana Laws Will Affect Burning Man. Our office has been receiving inquiries from excited “burners” this coming week who have been curious as to whether it’s now legal to smoke pot out on the Playa.  While the state of Nevada has recently legalized the substance, making it so any person over the age of 21 can possess up to an ounce of recreational marijuana and an eighth of an ounce of marijuana concentrate, Federal Law still considers the use of this drug illegal and classified as a Schedule 1 drug. So, what does this mean for the folks at Burning Man this year?  The answer to this question is convoluted, and, as a Burning Man Spokesperson pointed out in a recent RGJ Article, “You’re not exempt from the law at Burning Man.” Who Will Be Enforcing Marijuana Laws at Burning Man? According to Megan Miller with Burning Man, both the Bureau of Land Management and the Pershing County Sheriff’s office will be patrolling the area in 2017.  So, who should you watch out for?  The BLM has expressly stated that they do plan to enforce federal prohibition.  Because this event takes place on public lands, they gotta do what they gotta do. It’s a different story for the officers of the Pershing County Sheriff’s office, however.  If you are at the event and are following the laws enacted by the State of Nevada regarding the use of marijuana, and you run into one of these guys, you’ll be okay. They have no enforcement unless you...
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...
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...
Veteran Criminal Defense Attorney in Reno Expands Practice with Las Vegas Office

Veteran Criminal Defense Attorney in Reno Expands Practice with Las Vegas Office

RENO, Nev. – June 21, 2016 – Richard P. Davies, a prominent and widely respected criminal defense attorney in Reno, opened a new law office in Las Vegas, Nevada. Located on South 6th Street, a short walk from the Las Vegas Municipal Court and Regional Justice Center, the new office offers a range of legal services to address the needs of the Southern Nevada community. With this strategic expansion, Richard hopes to help both the area’s residents and its tourists in DUI, drug crimes, trespassing, and battery charges. Richard brings over a decade of experience to the Las Vegas legal scene. As a criminal defense attorney, he essentially gets people through harrowing ordeals that would otherwise have been insurmountable without legal representation. He has successfully tried cases to verdict in virtually every substantive area of criminal law, from misdemeanors like DUI to felonies like capital murder. Richard prides himself in being a trial lawyer and boasts extensive courtroom experience. As a trial lawyer, he fights to protect the interests of his clients and works hard to secure a favorable outcome for each case. In fact, Richard was named one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the U.S. by The National Trial Lawyers organization. Aside from criminal defense, Richard also handles personal injury claims and family law cases. He speaks fluent Spanish, enabling him to address the legal issues and concerns of the growing immigrant community in Nevada. A passionate legal advocate and problem solver, Richard takes the time to understand the situation of each and every client he works with and develops solid defense strategies to get charges...

Reno Criminal Defense Attorney Named One of the Top Nevada DUI Lawyers by NAFDD

Richard P. Davies, a leading criminal defense lawyer in Reno and the surrounding areas, was recently cited as one of the top DUI attorneys in Nevada by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD). The NAFDD is an invitation-only organization that strives to identify and give distinction to the best private DUI attorneys in each state and across the country. It also aims to help individuals make more informed decisions when it comes to selecting a lawyer for their DUI case. DUI is a highly complex and specialized field, requiring lawyers to navigate difficult challenges and legal issues unique to the practice. These include the reliability of field sobriety tests, accuracy of breath and blood testing methods, driver’s license ramifications, and administrative hearings. Aside from being a seasoned Reno DUI attorney, Richard also specializes in other criminal cases that call for aggressive representation, like federal crimes and drug charges. Prior to starting his own law firm, he was a Public Defender for the Washoe County for four years and a respected counsel for Laub and Laub, a private law firm in Reno, for five years. If you need expert legal representation in DUI, contact Richard P. Davies today for a complimentary case...
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