Hot August Nights: Increased Enforcement & Criminal Charges

Reno and Northern Nevada is home to a thriving nightlife scene, as well as numerous special events and annual celebrations attended by thousands of locals and tourists. This is especially true during the summer season and gatherings like the annual Hot August Nights, which supports local individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations by hosting a series of events and classic car shows on the streets of Reno, Sparks, and Virginia City in early August.

While Hot August Nights and other events during the summer are popular times for celebration, they are also known for being periods of increased enforcement during which local police and law enforcement agencies crack down on suspected unlawful activity and ramp up arrests.

During this time of year, our Reno criminal defense lawyers at Joey Gilbert Law receive many calls from potential clients who have been arrested during Hot August Nights or other times of summer celebration in Reno and the surrounding areas. Having represented many clients with charges arising from these and similar events, our legal team knows exactly what law enforcement looks for, the charges for which they commonly make arrests, and how to protect the rights and futures of clients who have been charged during these times.

Below, we discuss a few of the most common charges during the summer season and events like Hot August Nights:

Driving Under the Influence – Driving under the influence (DUI) is a priority for law enforcement agencies throughout the year, but especially so during summer months and special events where alcohol and celebrations are part of the experience. During this time of year, police take a zero tolerance approach toward stopping, investigating, and arresting suspects they believe are driving under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs. If you or someone you love has been arrested for DUI in Reno or any of the surrounding areas during such a celebration, working with an experienced attorney is critical to protecting your rights, freedom, and future, and defending against what can be serious and long-term penalties that range from driver’s license suspension to fines and potential terms of imprisonment, and which can be elevated if aggravating circumstances are involved. Our firm has the experience to handle a range of DUI-related charges, including those involving:

  • First DUI offense or multiple DUI (DUI with priors)
  • Out-of-state DUI
  • Underage DUI
  • DUI with high BAC, open container, child passenger, and other aggravating factors
  • Felony DUI (including DUI causing injury or death)
  • Marijuana DUI

Whether you refused a chemical test, tested over the legal limit, or were arrested without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, our attorneys are prepared to construct a tailored defense strategy to pursue the most positive outcome possible.

Violence / Physical Altercations – Alcohol and large groups always create the potential for violence, which is why security for special events and law enforcement are always keen to diffuse situations before they result in physical altercations. However, there are many scenarios where physical altercations or fights can occur, which can result in various criminal charges and the potential for severe and life-altering penalties. This may include charges involving:

  • Assault (simple assault or felony assault)
  • Assault with a deadly weapon/firearmsoffenses
  • Assault with prior convictions
  • Assault/battery causing substantial bodily harm
  • Domestic violence

Because the unique facts of a case are critical to building an effective defense strategy, individuals charged with assault need to work with attorneys who have the experience and intent to personally handle their cases in order to secure the best outcome, whether that means reducing charges from felonies to misdemeanors, seeking reduced penalties, securing case dismissals, or another positive resolution.

Drug Crimes – Arrests for various drug crimes are also quite common during special gatherings and the summer season in Reno. These arrests may involve charges involving driving under the influence of drugs, various possession or under-the-influence charges, and crimes involving marijuana, which although legal for recreational and medicinal purposes in Nevada, is still subject to regulations. Our firm can assist clients facing all types of drug crime allegations, including:

Alcohol-Related Offenses – Law enforcement knows that individuals who attend special events like Hot August Nights or choose to enjoy themselves in downtown Reno often celebrate with alcohol. As such, they also focus on various alcohol-related crimes, including crimes such as driving with an open container or walking with an open container/drinking in public. Although some events may allow alcohol on their premises, or obtain special licenses to allow attendees to drink outside, confusion about what is and what is not illegal can result in arrests and criminal allegations. Our firm is prepared to help clients understand the charges and penalties they face for these types of offenses, and help them protect their rights.

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Joey Gilbert Law has established a reputation in Reno and Northern Nevada as a hard-hitting legal team that fights aggressively for our clients. If you have been charged with a crime anywhere in the area – whether during Hot August Nights, a night on the town, or for any other reason – our award-winning criminal defense lawyers are available 24/7 to discuss your case and explain how we can help guide you through the criminal justice system. Contact us to request a FREE and confidential case review.


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