Monthly Archives: December 2018

Attorney Ross Goodman at your service

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With decades of experience in the field of law and other related areas that surely gives him more than a brand of expertise, Attorney Ross Goodman is truly a well-known criminal defense attorney in the state of Nevada who is trusted by countless of his past and present clients.

The will to serve his country and its citizens has always been evident by the decisions Goodman made. Hailing from a family of public servants, Goodman stamped his own take on their legacy by studying law in the University of Tulsa College of Law which he finished in 1995. Currently, Attorney Ross Goodman is an active legal man and has been the prime choice of many defendants across the state and even the country. He is also currently prominent in media, appearing in several news shows and print as legal advisor.

Attorney Ross Goodman knows how quick the world is evolving and he is surely game to catch up with it. You can now connect with him through his Facebook page among others of his official social media pages. And as someone in the legal field, he is also knowledgeable of people not quickly trusting on what they see in the television or the Internet. This is why Ross is very much thankful about the remarkable reviews of him that you can see on sites like Birdeye, Avvo, and Martindale which are all trustworthy legal sites. Ross wants you to do your research, especially if it is about the professional that will defend you in court. To learn further information about Ross, you can also check out sites with details about him such as Better Business Bureau and LawInfo.

Today, it is not difficult to find one that looks like he will help acquit you in court. The challenge is finding one that will actually do it not by pure chance but by his genuine capability in the discipline. Attorney Ross Goodman will attest to all of the information and statement that you see about him. This is a true characteristic of a public servant.

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The Consequences of Lewdness with a Minor

Lewdness is defined as willfully committing a sexual act with another with intent to arouse or gratify, whether or not the person on the receiving end consented to the act. It gains greater weight as a crime if the act was committed against the will of the victim, and if force or violence was involved. Lewdness in general is a touchy subject, as it can cross over with the matter of consent; the act can be balanced out by the fact that both parties were consensual to the act.

However, there is no doubt or discussion when it comes to lewdness with a minor. Society frowns upon engaging in a sexual act with a person below the age of consent, especially if the one initiating the act is way older than the victim. Federal and state laws take this crime seriously, to the point that even the most minor offense can lead to a felony conviction in some locales.

Nevada has had its own share of lewdness cases with minors over the years. During the 2016-2017 period alone, over 3,100 substantiated cases of sexual assault towards children were recorded. This is just one reason why Nevada law makers have made lewdness with a minor a serious offense, whether or not the accused is of age or not.

On Cybercrime and Hacking Charges in Nevada

In the modern world, nearly everything and everyone is connected to the online web. From the most advanced mobile phone to your neighbor’s refrigerator, just about anything can have access to the internet. Unfortunately, this makes more items vulnerable to the threats of hackers, crackers, and other cybercriminals.

Cybercrime involves the illegal access of networks and devices due to malicious intent, such as stealing information, disrupting processes, or destroying digital and physical material. While hacking in general is considered a serious crime, it is only when government networks are compromised that it evolves into a federal offense. Cybercrime is a major problem in Nevada, with most of the cases being political in nature. Nonetheless, the state remains a destination for ethical hackers and cybercrime experts who regularly hold forums dealing with the dangers of unmitigated cracking.

There are several factors that constitute hacking and cracking as cybercrimes. These factors include:

  • Extensive knowledge of the hardware and software involved
  • Intent to break into a system, network, or computer
  • The person attempting the hack has no explicit authorization to access the system or network
  • Malicious intent for the act, such as sabotage, theft or disruption of the system’s services, functions and capabilities

 

Factors Influencing Blood Alcohol Content Levels

For many DUI-related arrests in Las Vegas, blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels play a key role. BAC levels determine how much alcohol is currently in a person’s bloodstream; the higher the BAC, the greater the effect of alcohol has on a person. High BAC levels can lead to such effects as disorientation, slurred speech, shifty eye movement, poor physical coordination and a slowing of cognitive function and comprehension. A person’s BAC levels are often determined via breathalyzer or through blood and urine samples.

In most cases, people can drink and still avoid going over the prescribed BAC by controlling their alcohol intake prior to driving. However, in some cases even minimal alcohol intake can still result into a person going above the recommended BAC levels. A number of factors can affect BAC levels for certain people, including:

  • Body Type: BAC levels are inversely proportional to a person’s weight; heavier people tend to have lower BAC levels even when sharing the same amount of alcohol as lighter people.
  • Alcohol Content: people may share the same amount of drinks, but one drink may have more alcohol than another.
  • Age: younger people may be more prone to early intoxication, although this is not always the case.
  • Gender: women are more prone to higher BAC levels due to physiological differences.
  • Style and amount of consumption: drinking too much too fast can lead to immediate intoxication compared to consuming plenty but taking things slowly.
  • Food: consuming food alongside alcohol can help obstruct some alcohol from entering the bloodstream.
  • Altitude: still under independent testing, it is said that imbibing alcohol at higher altitudes puts a person at greater risk of intoxication.
  • Medication: mixing alcohol with certain anti-depressants and pain relievers can increase BAC and have dire long-term consequences.
  • Emotional state: distressed people can have the alcohol transfer into their muscles instead of the bloodstream; this prevents them from getting drunk faster, but it also leads to increased alcohol consumption.

Got Arrested for Domestic Violence in Nevada: Now What?

Domestic violence cases are a common occurrence anywhere, but Nevada has the dubious distinction of being its poster boy. Data from Everytown Research shows that a domestic violence victim in the state is 65% more likely to be fatally shot by assailants during a domestic violence struggle, while the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence rates Nevada as the top state according to domestic violence fatalities.

This notability is a reason why Nevada takes its domestic violence cases seriously, with law enforcement being quick to react to any reported incident. What happens after a domestic battery arrest in the state can be considered routine: from the arrest and booking, up to the arraignment and plea entry and, if a not guilty plea is offered, the trial itself. What is significant, however, is what a conviction would entail for the accused:

  • For a first offense within 7 years: Misdemeanor charge, 2 days to 6 months in jail, 48 to 120 hours community service, $200 to $1,000 in fines, and a brief domestic battery counseling course
  • For a second offense within 7 years: Misdemeanor charge, 10 days to 6 months in jail, 100 to 200 hours community service, $500 to $1,000 in fines, and an extensive domestic battery counseling course
  • For a third offense within 7 years: Category C felony charge, 1 to 5 years in jail, and $10,000 in fines

On Concealed Carry and Open Carry Laws in Las Vegas

Gun carry laws continue to be a hot topic in Nevada today. The Route 91 Harvest Music Festival is still fresh in the minds of many, and discussions are still ongoing about the merits of stricter carry laws in the state. To better understand the current situation of these gun carry laws in Las Vegas, it is good to give a refresher of how carry laws work in the state.

 

  • Nevada has long been an open-carry state. People can openly purchase, own, and carry their firearms throughout the state without needing a license to carry. It may not be unusual to see someone in the street packing heat in a holster. However, while open carrying comes down to personal discretion, establishments can opt to prohibit open carry on their premises, although there is no State-defined legal precedence for this. It is still advisable to honor their no-carry wishes, however.
  • The State’s concealed carry laws, on the other hand, require that the gun owner should obtain a permission to carry their firearm in a concealed manner before they can proceed to do so. Concealed firearms pose a greater threat than a person openly carrying his guns because the public cannot tell if he is armed or not. Concealed carry permits are usually preceded by officially sanctioned training before a permit can be issued. There are at least 31 other states that recognize a Nevada concealed carry license.

 

 

Charging a Person Without Evidence

As a point of order, no one can be charged without substantial evidence confirming their guilt. Rule of law dictates that prosecutors should come up with the necessary evidence to determine an accused person’s guilt. In the case of Nevada, the ground rules for evidence presentation and handling is laid out in the 48th chapter of the state’s Revised Statutes.

As these statutes explicitly state, the following are the only recognized categories of admissible evidence in court:

  • documents
  • video footage
  • audio recording
  • chemicals or substances
  • weapons supposedly used
  • circumstantial evidence
  • any type of physical evidence

 

Testimony also counts as evidence, despite being a non-physical entity (although recorded testimony, either through audio/video recording or written transcripts, counts towards physical evidence).

It is important to note that the weight of the evidence outshines its quantity. No conviction can be made for an accused even if there is a large quantity of evidence stacked against him, so long as these pieces of evidence do not have much weight (do not have a significant bearing) against the accused.

Know the importance of evidence in crime and how to deal with false charges using weak evidence. Ask a seasoned criminal defense attorney about evidence today.