Recent Posts in Criminal Defense

  • 24-Oct-2016

    Authorities Brace for Crime During Halloween

    While Halloween can be a great time for trick-or-treating, costume parties, and other festivities, it is also a time when the crime rate tends to rise. Whether this is due to young mischief, lapses in judgment, or more serious offenses is not always ...
  • 6-Oct-2016

    4 Things You Should Know About Probable Cause in Relation to DUIs

    A law enforcement officer is required to have probable cause that a driver has acted unlawfully in order to pull the driver over. Because probable cause can be difficult to understand in relation to DUIs, our Reno criminal defense lawyers at Joey ...
  • 20-Jul-2016

    When is a DUI a Felony in Nevada?

    In most DUI cases in Nevada, drivers are charged with misdemeanors. Although the consequences of a misdemeanor conviction can be serious – including license penalties, hefty fines and fees, and terms of imprisonment – they are not as ...
  • 8-Jun-2016

    Public Hearing to Discuss Medical Marijuana Misconduct Scheduled for July 7

    According to a report released by the Supreme Court of Nevada, on July 7, the court will review a comment regarding the state rules of professional conduct for attorneys and how they interact with Nevada’s medical marijuana laws. As of now, the ...
  • 1-Jun-2016

    Physicians are Being Prosecuted for Underprescribing and Overprescribing Patients with Pain Medication

    Recently, the federal government has been prosecuting various physicians for prescribing individuals with the following controlled substances in order to treat pain: Oxycontin Codeine Tramadol Methadone Norco Sources state that there is a relatively ...
  • 17-May-2016

    Recent Oxycodone Pill Mill Bust May Lead to Increases in Overdose Rates and Drug Possession Arrests

    Last month, Reno law enforcement officers and federal agents discovered an alleged oxycodone pill mill, which is a process that includes a clinic, doctor, or pharmacy who prescribes or dispenses narcotics with no legitimate medical purpose. Now, Reno ...
  • 5-May-2016

    Don't Drink and Drive This Cinco de Mayo

    As most people already know, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday, which celebrates Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla, which occurred in 1862. While many hold this holiday close to their hearts, many see this day as another holiday in which they ...
  • 29-Mar-2016

    The Process of a Criminal Arrest

    Typically, the criminal process begins with a stop or an arrest. In most cases, a law enforcement officer can only arrest a person if: The officer has probable cause to believe that the person committed a felony. The officer witnessed the person ...
  • 25-Mar-2016

    What You Need to Know About Miranda Rights

    Many individuals believe they can avoid criminal penalties if law enforcement officers fail to read them their Miranda Rights during arrest. However, in most cases, prosecutors are not permitted to use any information a suspect claims during a trial. ...
  • 22-Mar-2016

    Medical Condition or DUI?

    Law enforcement officers are not infallible machines – they can and often do make mistakes. While officers are trained in alcohol and drug recognition, personal discretion plays a large role in situations where motorists are stopped and ...
  • 10-Feb-2016

    Can You Be Arrested for Riding Your Bicycle While Impaired?

    According to Nevada DUI laws, bicyclists are not technically breaking any DUI laws when riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is because intoxicated driving regulations apply to motorcycles and vehicles, not electric bicycles or ...
  • 15-Jan-2016

    What are the Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana?

    As many already know, Arizona has some of the strictest DUI laws and the some of the harshest penalties for those who break them. But, did you know that drivers can also face heavy fines and serious penalties if caught driving under the influence of ...
  • 1-Dec-2015

    Avoid a DUI During the Holiday Season

    December is nearly here. Of course, with all of the holidays just around the corner, many holiday festivities will be in full effect. Numerous individuals will find themselves at some kind of Hanukkah celebration, Christmas party, or Kwanzaa revelry. ...
  • 12-Oct-2015

    The Increase in Juvenile Crimes Around Halloween Night

    Halloween is a holiday that can be celebrated by persons of all ages. Whether you are dressing up, handing out candies, building a haunted house, or taking the kids to a pumpkin patch, there is something to do for everyone! While Halloween can be an ...
  • 21-Sep-2015

    Is a DUI Considered a Misdemeanor in Nevada?

    In Nevada, a DUI is most often considered a misdemeanor. Misdemeanor DUI charges are the result of a first- or second-time DUI offense that has not caused harm, injury, or death to another person. Although misdemeanors are not punished as harshly as ...
  • 3-Sep-2015

    The Increase of DUI Enforcement on Labor Day Weekend

    Over the Labor Day weekend, tons of people will be traveling to other cities to enjoy one of the last weekends of summer. Oftentimes, with an end of summer celebration comes ample amounts fun, food, and alcoholic beverages. Due to an increased ...
  • 24-Aug-2015

    Will My DUI Restrict My Gun Ownership Privileges?

    State and federal laws can restrict gun ownership to certain types of people that it considers dangerous. Federal law does not allow certain felons to possess a gun, regardless of its intended purpose. While it is perfectly legal to own a firearm in ...
  • 1-Apr-2015

    Are You a Hacker?

    In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama introduced his proposed changes to the cyber security laws. What does this mean for you? With Obama's new proposed laws, simply clicking on a link could make you a criminal. Even sharing a ...
  • 15-Dec-2014

    Too Much Holiday Spirit May Lead to Your Arrest

    RENO, NEV- According to a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) fatal accidents from drinking and driving spike to 52 percent on Christmas and 57 percent on New Years. Compared to the 41 percent for the remaining other times of year. This could result ...
  • 21-Nov-2014

    Do you have you Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada yet?

    In order to receive ones Medical Cannabis card in the state of Nevada, you must have a legitimate qualifying condition a doctor believes can be effectively treated by medical marijuana What constitutes a chronic or debilitating illness? Having any of ...
  • 11-Sep-2014

    Immigration Hold Requests to be denied by Washoe County Jail

    Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley announced yesterday, Wednesday September 10 th, that people will no longer be jailed due to requests from the feral immigration authorities. In most jails, inmates are processed through a federal system designed to ...
  • 24-Feb-2014

    Distracted Driving Awareness Program

    Over the past week, Washoe County Sheriff's Office has given out more than 60 citations for cellphone use by drivers. Nevada is doing a statewide crackdown on drivers for using their phones. This law, preventing drivers from talking on the phone ...
  • 1-Jan-2014

    New Year, New Laws

    Being January 1, 2014, it brings on a new set of laws that will affect the Nevada area, also particularly the Reno area. One in particular AB 147 requires doctors to notify their patients about their breast density. It also brings into affect new ...
  • 2-Oct-2013

    Crime Statistics for 2013 Street Vibrations Released

    The final statistics for Street Vibrations were released on Monday by the city of Reno. Misdemeanor arrests were down this year. In total, there was one felony arrest, thirteen misdemeanor arrests, and twelve people were placed in civil protection ...
  • 28-Jun-2013

    Methamphetamine Increases at U.S. Borders

    Drug trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border isn't getting better. These days, children are now walking across the border with crystal methamphetamine in their backpacks or sometimes even between pages in their notebooks. These children are ...
  • 24-Jun-2013

    Drug and Alcohol Roadblocks Causes Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started a process they haven't done since 2007. On Friday June 14, 2013, roadblocks went up in two towns about 40 miles on both sides of Birmingham, Alabama. Over the weekend, off duty ...
  • 21-Jun-2013

    Texting While Driving. It Can Wait.

    Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents. In 2011, 20 percent of all injury-causing car accidents involved distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). And a driver who is using a ...
  • 3-Jun-2013

    Soldier Accused of WikiLeaks Controversy Trial Starts

    Three years ago, the military dealt with what they call "the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history". Today, the man accused of being behind those leaks went on trial. Private First Class Bradley Manning was 22 years old ...
  • 26-May-2013

    Cyber Bullying is Still a Growing Problem

    More than ever, social networking is growing and kids have easier access to the internet and all kinds of technology. With this easier access, comes little to none monitoring of internet use and because of this, cyber bullying is taking place. Cyber ...
  • 24-May-2013

    Brianna's Law Passed

    On Monday May, 20, 2013, the famous Brianna's law for DNA testing passed 29-9 in state Assembly. For those who don't know what Brianna's law is, it is a bill that proposes that whenever a person is booked for a felony arrest they must get ...
  • 23-May-2013

    World Anti-Doping Agency Loosens Marijuana Regulations

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is an agency created in 2003 on the pursuit of eliminating 'doping', or the use of performance- enhancing substances in any sports and governments around the world. The WADA has implemented a universal code ...
  • 17-May-2013

    The Advantages and Disadvantages of Judicial Discretion

    A judge's role could be considered as passive and reactive in a pretrial procedure. Eying over everything that is going on and making sure that no ones rights are infringed upon is one of the judges duties. Though in most cases where the jury ...
  • 16-May-2013

    Cameras in Courtrooms

    A courtroom is a place that no one wants to be on the bad side of. But why is it that individuals want to view what is going on inside? Curiosity is something that is instilled in the public, especially when it comes to criminals in the process of ...
  • 27-Apr-2013

    Brianna's Law

    If passed, prospective law SB243, or "Brianna's Law" would allow police to collect DNA samples from people arrested for a felony charge. They would not be voluntary samples; the law would make the surrendering of samples mandatory to ...
  • 22-Apr-2013

    Universal Gun Background Check Amendment Fails

    After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, the United States has been in constant debate on new gun control laws. The most recent gun-control proposal, Manchin-Toomey background check amendment had the best chance at ...
  • 15-Mar-2013

    Do Celebrities Interpret the Law Differently?

    While the common burglary is unlikely to make the news, when a celebrity or famous athlete is involved it is quite a different story. This was the case when two Super Bowl rings (as well as a coin collection and an Xbox) were taken from the home of ...
  • 15-Feb-2013

    Missouri V. McNeely

    Missouri V. McNeely The Supreme Court of the United States will soon rule on a case that may have a profound effect on DUI laws in the state of Nevada. Currently under Nevada law, any person who drives a vehicle on any roadway in the state, while ...
  • 25-Jan-2013

    Lookout! Pot Incursion Possible

    The Reno Gazette reported last week about the possible spill over of marijuana from the states of Washington and Colorado. In November, voters legalized marijuana for recreational use in both these states. Neighboring states vow to arrest and ...
  • 25-Jan-2013

    Las deportaciones estan agregando

    La significa de su estatus en los E.U., como documentado o indocumentado, es muy importante, y la gente debería saber sobre la situación. Ahora no es solamente la gente criminal que es deportada, a veces es solamente gente que no tiene ...
  • 23-Jan-2013

    Your text will be delivered, hopefully they can say the same about you.

    Are your reading this article while driving? If so.... STOP! To all motorists who have been talking and texting on their cell phones during the last three months. Your time legally texting, talking and driving are nearing an end. Beginning on January ...
  • 15-Jan-2013

    "La reforma sobre el agravio y el impacto en la práctica de la ley"

    Para entender la reforma de agravio, tiene que entender la definición de la palabra. Para ponerlo de una forma más simple, agravio es una acción equivocada y no es algo criminal ni civil, y es causada por negligencia. O de otra ...
  • 14-Jan-2013

    Reno DUI drug charges a complex matter best handled by experienced attorneys

    The federal government is urging states to crack down on motorists who are driving under the influence of drugs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the launch of $7 million in advertising and is urging states to adopt ...
  • 11-Jan-2013

    Nevada Drug Possession Charges, Including Possession with Intent to Sell or Distribute

    The possession of small but usable amounts of any illegal drug is likely to lead to a charge of “simple” possession–the least serious of the drug-related charges. However, if a person is found with a more substantial amount of ...
  • 11-Jan-2013

    Alegatos de malversación muestra la necesidad de un abogado cuando tiene cargos de robo en Reno y el lago Tahoe

    En la corte del distrito de Washoe, un empleado está bajo investigación por malversación en Reno con acusaciones de haber escrito cheques con fondos del fideicomiso de la corte y los puso en su propia cuenta de cheques personal, ...
  • 8-Jan-2013

    Las Leyes de Manejar Ebrio Son Muy Duras en Nevada, y esa es La Razón por La Que Necesitas una Buena Defensa para Pelear Contra Los Cargos.

    La Legislatura de Nevada esta discutiendo sobre nuevos proyectos de ley que agregan castigos a la gente que maneja ebria en Reno, el Lago Tahoe y por todos lados en el estado, según las noticias de FOX. Los abogados defensores de Reno ven que ...
  • 8-Nov-2012

    Marijuana Laws in Colorado and Washington

    After this years elections just dated two days ago, the citizens of Colorado and Washington are ecstatic about the right to recreationally use marijuana. Many other states like California see this as the "light at the end of the tunnel." ...
  • 2-Nov-2012

    Deportation and Criminal Law

    A battle is occurring between attorneys and their clients regarding all of the possible outcome that can come out of a case. Deportation is a scary idea to many people in the United States and in any criminal conviction, deportation is often looked ...
  • 1-Nov-2012

    Illegal Searches by Drug Dogs

    Instead of searching for candy on Halloween, police dogs were being looked at by the Supreme Court for possible searching unwarrantably for drugs. Two court cases have been filed and brought to the attention of the Supreme Court regarding the use of ...
  • 30-Oct-2012

    Issues Arise with Halloween and Sex Offenders

    Halloween is a day for kids to run around and collect as much candy as possible, but today children's safety has become increasingly a problem. With sex offenders on a rise, it is a question whether people designated to this list should be able ...
  • 30-Oct-2012

    Cuts in Revenue = Increase in Crime

    In a time of recession the government is looking for any way to cut the budget, but it is seen as taking a toll on the public due to a crime rate increase and the cutting of the police force. Violent crime has risen 18% in the nation this year, and ...
  • 1-Jul-2012

    Green Card for Illegal Spouse?

    A common immigration scenario that many couples may face occurs when an individual moves to the United States, and either never gets a visa or overstays a visa, and then proceeds to marry an individual who is a legal citizen - should their new spouse ...
  • 22-Jun-2012

    President Obama's June, 15 Executive Order on Immigration

    On June, 15 President Obama issued an Executive Order that could help many young immigrants avoid being deported and even help them legally find work in the United States! In order to be eligible, you must be under the age of 35 and have entered the ...
  • 20-May-2012

    Medical Marijuana Approval On The Rise; Staying Legal in Nevada and California

    Delaware recently became the 16th state in the country to legalize marijuana use for limited medical purposes, The News Journal reports. While this is good news for those with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating diseases, ...
  • 9-Apr-2012

    Accidentes por manejar ebrio tienen grandes castigos en Reno y El Lago Tahoe

    En un informe de las noticias de KOLO, una mujer que tiene 23 anos de edad tiene cargos de huir de un accidente, mientras manejaba ebria. Después de un choque donde una persona esté manejando ebria, tiene que llamar a un abogado ...
  • 22-Feb-2012

    En Reno los cargos de drogas son unos asuntos muy complejos y es mejor cuando los maneja un abogado con experiencia

    El gobierno federal hace cumplir que los estados chequean a los chóferes que manejan bajo el control de drogas. La administración del tráfico de la autopista nacional ha anunciado el lanzamiento de 7 millones de dólares en ...
  • 4-Feb-2012

    The Right To a Fair Trial

    The right to a fair trial by an impartial jury is seen as an essential right in all criminal proceedings. But, with the mass media coverage available today to the general public, is any criminal defendant actually afforded a “fair trial?” ...
  • 29-Jan-2012

    The Serious Nature of Felonies

    Felonies are typically the most serious crimes in any system of criminal law. A standard definition of a felony is any crime punishable by more than one year in prison or by death. This means that any crime that has a sentence of only a fine or ...
  • 23-Jan-2012

    El Informe de NDAA

    En el último día de 2011, El presidente de los E.E.U.U., Obama, firmó una ley que se llama El acta de autorización de defensa nacional. (NDAA) La manera en que firmó el proyecto de ley, no es algo raro; el (NDAA) se ...
  • 7-Jan-2012

    Are You Reading This While Driving? If So, STOP!

    To all motorists who've been talking and texting on their cell phones during the last three months. Your time legally texting, talking and driving are nearing an end. Beginning on January 1 st 2012, the state's ban on driving and cellphone ...
  • 30-Dec-2011

    Nevada Drug Trafficking on The Rise

    According to various reports, drug use and sales are at high levels in Nevada. The U.S. Department of Justice points to several important issues regarding drug use in the state, including unchecked borders with California and Arizona, a growing ...
  • 27-Dec-2011

    Not Your Mother's Bath Salts

    A new type of street drug known as "bath salts" has emerged onto the scene recently forcing the drug enforcement agency (DEA) to act - issuing a temporary ban on the chemicals used in their production. According to the federal order, the ...
  • 21-Dec-2011

    Negligence Per Se For Dummies

    You may be able to name every character off of Cheech and Chong, you may also be able to recite every line of Pineapple Express. However, what may be more important for you to know if you wish to stay out of prison is the meaning of "Per ...
  • 21-Dec-2011

    Released DUI Offenders Sent Back to Prison

    Nevada Attorney General Catherin Cortez recently filed a bill draft request with the Nevada legislature aiming to clarify the law governing DUI "house arrests." As the law stands, a person who kills or injures another while driving under ...
  • 31-Oct-2011

    Advice from our Reno Attorneys: Social networks and court cases don't mix

    Social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ are increasingly making their way into the courtroom in all types of criminal and civil court actions. TechWeek recently reported that a dozen defendants used more that 15 websites, Twitter ...
  • 28-Sep-2011

    Reno, Nevada domestic violence charges carry possibility of felony conviction

    A domestic violence charge in Reno is a serious criminal charge that can result in jail time, job loss and the inability to own firearms or hold certain jobs, particularly for members of law enforcement or those in the military. These charges are ...
  • 2-Sep-2011

    Being Arrested in Reno or Lake Tahoe area for Identity Fraud possession of a document to establish False Identity is a Deportable Offense

    It is starting to happen more and more as both non-citizens and illegal immigrants in the Reno, Sparks and greater Washoe County, Lyon County, Eldorado County and Carson Valley are getting arrested for attempting to use the documentation of another ...
  • 30-Aug-2011

    Felony pot cases involving medical marijuana cultivation in California get tossed out of Court

    In recent months many marijuana cases have been thrown out of court in northern California. After a major legal decision was handed down on Jan 21, 2010, the waters have been left very muddied and murky. The confusion is based around what has become ...
  • 25-Aug-2011

    Encarcelamiento de activista por cargos relacionado con Meth ilustra la gravedad de la posesión, denuncias de distribución en Reno, Lake Tahoe

    25 de agosto 2011 Si necesita algo más convincente sobre personas acusados de conducir ebrio en Reno y que se enfrentarán a medidas cada vez más severas por conducir ebrios, no busque más, lea el artículo en ...
  • 17-Aug-2011

    New Law focuses on use of ultralight aircrafts in smuggling drugs

    The Associated Press reports that a new bill has been introduced to crack down on smuggling drugs the U.S. -Mexico border. Senators from Nevada and New Mexico have drafted a bill that would inhibit the increasing use of ultralight aircrafts by ...
  • 17-Aug-2011

    Saga de Accidentes DUI en Reno Ilustra sobre las duras leyes DUI en Nevada

    Si necesita algo más convincente sobre personas acusados de conducir ebrio en Reno y que se enfrentarán a medidas cada vez más severas por conducir ebrios, no busque más, lea el artículo en Gazette-Journal acerca de ...
  • 10-Aug-2011

    Acusaciones por posesión de drogas en Nevada, incluyendo la posesión con intención de venta o distribución

    La posesión de pequeñas, pero usables cantidades, de cualquier droga ilegal es probable que conduzca a un cargo de posesión "simple"- al menos grave de los cargos relacionados con drogas. Sin embargo, si una persona se ...
  • 10-Aug-2011

    Acusaciones sobre drogas en el Casino de Harrahs, Lake Tahoe, discoteca VEX requieren de experiencia penal en defensa

    Nuestros abogados en defensa criminal de Reno, Nevada, son frecuentemente llamados por representación en cargos de posesión de drogas, en particular los detenidos y acusados de posesión de drogas en el área de Tahoe y en ...