New Nevada Laws Take Effect in 2018

While the New Year may have brought resolutions and a clean slate for many, it also brings a number of new laws. In fact, 57 new Nevada laws took effect on the first of the year, with measures ranging from laws to protect public safety, establish new government responsibilities, and revamp and strengthen the state’s criminal code.

At Joey Gilbert Law, our Reno lawyers stay apprised of changing laws and initiatives that impact our clients, especially when it comes to criminal law and other issues involving personal injury, family law, and even immigration. To help you better understand some of the new laws taking effect in Nevada this year, we have put together the following information:

  • Opioid Crisis – Local and state governments across the country have been increasing their efforts to combat the nation’s growing opioid crisis, an epidemic that has resulted in billions of dollars in losses, a tremendous impact on public safety and families, and which kills roughly 91 Americans each day. Now, Nevada has joined those states by implementing SB474, a sweeping legislative act to deal with opioid addiction. Under the measure, initial opioid prescriptions are now limited to a 14-day supply, and the doctors and medical professionals who prescribe them must carefully evaluate patients in order to write and renew prescriptions. The law also requires documented explanation for any opioid prescriptions that exceed 1 year.
  • Guardianship Laws – To strengthen controls over guardianships, Nevada passed SB360, which imposes severe penalties for guardians convicted of abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment, and isolation of vulnerable or elderly individuals. In cases that result in bodily harm, guardians may now face felony allegations and up to 20 years in prison.
  • Rare Wildlife Item Crimes – The underground market for rare items has had a marked impact on wildlife and endangered species. By passing SB194, the Nevada legislature now explicitly prohibits crimes involving the sale, possession with intent to sell, or purchase of items made from certain animals, including shark fins, elephant or rhinoceros horns, sea turtles, lions, and more.
  • Domestic Violence – As a significant concern for law enforcement, domestic violence has become an issue of increasing importance. With the passing of SB361, Nevada now strengthens state domestic violence laws to expand protection for victims (including up to 160 hours of leave) and enhance penalties for convicted individuals, including a minimum mandatory prison sentence of two years in domestic violence cases involving strangulation by individuals with prior felony domestic battery convictions.
  • Criminal History and Government Employment – Under AB384, individuals with a criminal record may now have more opportunities when seeking government employment. Specifically, the law states that unless an applicant is disqualified due to particular criminal conduct, their criminal history should not be considered until a final interview, conditional employment offer, or if they have been certified by an administrator.

These and the other measures that took effect this year are just a few of many laws and regulations enforced by the state of Nevada. Additionally, new trends and issues continue to influence the way law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute individuals suspected of high priority crimes – including those involving the sale of marijuana without a valid license, marijuana DUIs, drug crimes, and driving under the influence (DUI) offenses.

Whether you or a loved one are being charged with a crime under recently enacted measures or long-standing laws, your top priority should be focused on working with defense attorneys who have the experience, insight, and resources to effectively protect your rights, freedom, and future. At Joey Gilbert Law, our Reno criminal defense lawyers are available 24/7 to discuss criminal allegations, your rights, and what we can do to help during a FREE and confidential consultation. Contact us to learn more.


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