Criminal Law Blog

What is Criminology?

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Through a blend of psychology, social science and criminal justice and defense, criminology examines the nature of crimes, criminals and crime prevention methods and analyzes how they impact individuals and society as a whole. The Evolution of Criminology The field is multi-faceted and diverse, with subdivisions focusing on penology, feminist criminology, criminalistics, and bio-criminology.  The […]

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Criminal Law by Definition: Purpose, Types, and Legal Implications

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The Evolution of Criminal Law Criminal law in North America began with British common law, which was followed strictly until the colonies revolted. After the United States had become an independent nation, the Constitution was ratified as the law of the land. A judiciary modeled off of the British system established common law, defining which […]

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Law & Order vs. Criminal Minds: Which Gets Criminal Defense Right?

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Television producers adore criminal defense and the practice of criminal law. Given the number of shows aired or currently on-air, the admiration has yet to vanish. Two of the most recognized shows, Law & Order and Criminal Minds boast an incredibly large fan base. Law & Order and Criminal Minds, both police procedural, crime and […]

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Who Has The Burden Of Proof In A Criminal Case?

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In a criminal case, the prosecution has the burden of proof. At the federal level, the prosecution must meet the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. At the state level, some states require the prosecution to meet the burden beyond a reasonable doubt while others use the preponderance of the evidence test. Don’t Fight […]

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Can I Change Lawyers During My Criminal Defense Case?

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When things aren’t working with your current representation, it can leave you feeling discouraged about the outcome of your criminal case and wondering, “Can I change lawyers now?” It’s important to be able to work with the person that is working for your best interests, but that may not always be easy. How do you know […]

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Is Burglary Considered a Violent Crime in Nevada?

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The state of Nevada considers burglary a violent crime, more so if convicted of a violent crime in the past. You could be looking at heavier penalties than usual burglary charges. The best thing you can do to protect your interests and the interests of your family? Seek legal counsel in either case. Definition of […]

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Crucial Facts Regarding Nevada Marijuana Legalization in 2017

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On November 8, 2016, Nevada’s Question 2, which allows the legal recreational use of marijuana for all persons age 21 and over, passed with 54% of the votes. With Nevada marijuana legalization, what will happen now? Adults in Nevada will no longer be in violation of state laws. Those of age may possess and consume […]

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What Are the Penalties for Prescription Drug Possession in Nevada?

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When it comes to the penalties for prescription drug possession in Nevada and Henderson, unlawful possession or sale of prescription drugs is punished at the same level of severity as scheduled drugs like heroin, ecstasy, and cocaine. In fact, police officers in Nevada have only ramped up their efforts to prosecute prescription drug cases further. This […]

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What Are My Legal Rights When Accused of Nonviolent Abuse?

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The legal system’s view of domestic abuse has evolved over time, and the courts have been proactive in combating domestic abuse and a national dialogue has helped define this complex issue. The Nevada Domestic Violence Resource Manual refers to ongoing domestic violence as “a pattern of escalating abuse in which one partner in the relationship […]

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How Can I Get My Armed Robbery Charges Dropped?

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Getting hit with armed robbery charges can be scary. However, it is not the end of the world. Many people who are accused of crimes involving robbery can get their armed robbery charges dropped. There are various circumstances that would allow for this to occur. An experienced robbery attorney will consider these circumstances to best […]

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Is Possession of a Controlled Substance a Misdemeanor in Nevada?

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The quick answer is, “No.” The Possession of a controlled substance in the state of Nevada is actually considered felony, with the exception of marijuana only. Possessing drugs, controlled substances without a prescription, or narcotics in Nevada is a serious offense that could land you prison time or hefty fines without a good criminal defense. […]

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When Is a Police Officer Allowed to Use Deadly Force?

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There’s no escaping the controversy around police officers using deadly force. Some argue they shoot too soon while others contend that the actions are justified. Many individuals just really don’t know what to expect from law enforcement and treat officers with a high level of suspicion. Related: Can a Police Officer Search My Car Without Probable […]

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Do I Really Need a DUI Lawyer?

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One of the biggest problems with DUI legal proceedings is how easy they feel to navigate. It often seems tempting to handle your own arraignment and keep going from there. The truth is, a DUI lawyer is necessary far more often than they are present. While you don’t need a lawyer to plead guilty, which […]

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Can a Police Officer Search My Car Without Probable Cause?

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Typically, police require a warrant to search you and your property. However, at a traffic stop, they only need probable cause in order to search your vehicle. This means they must have some evidence or reason to believe you are involved in criminal activity. Treated unfairly in a police encounter in Las Vegas? Call us. […]

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The 10 Best Defenses to DUI Charges in Nevada

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DUI charges in Nevada come with serious consequences. This is why it is important to understand the some of the 10 best defenses to DUI charges that could be made should you find yourself in trouble. BAC Defense Our bodies continue to metabolize alcohol after we have had a few drinks. So our blood alcohol […]

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