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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.

 

 

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House Arrest in Clark County Detention Center

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House arrest is a type of incarceration wherein the charged individual stays in his own home. However, this is not in any form a lighter penance as the property where he is staying will still be heavily guarded by detention officers. There are also strict laws such as boundaries and limits, which when violated, can lead to graver criminal consequences.

The Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) implements the Electronic Monitoring Program or commonly referred as house arrest, wherein a certain convict will be tagged with an electronic ankle bracelet that will monitor his moves and whereabouts. The said program is applicable to different cases depending on the magnitude and the factors involved.

Below are further pieces of information about house arrests in CCDC and how a criminal defense attorney can assist you on the program.

Qualification for House Arrest Program

House arrest is an alternative sentencing program decided by a judge. Usually, it applies to defendants who can post bail but have committed crimes that are too severe for them to be granted an immediate freedom.

Most of the time, the judge gives a house arrest sentencing to misdemeanor cases that are non-violent (like DUI) and to defendants who are not dangerous and not flight-risk. Cooperativeness and complying with all of the judge’s requirement will help influence a judge’s decision.

When granted of house arrest, CCDC’s Metropolitan Police Department will run the program, starting with the installation of the GPS-based electronic bracelet on the defendant’s ankle. CCDC uses a tamper-proof device that should be paid by the defendant.

The Electronic Monitoring Program starts immediately once the ankle bracelet is worn. Aside from the confinement, the defendant will have to undergo several rehabilitation programs in his own home.

Benefits to the community

House arrest is economical. With the growing number of inmates in CCDC and the Nevada State Prison, many judges are willing to put non-violent defendants under a monitoring program because at least $140 are spent on each inmate behind bars.

When defendants are confined in their homes, they are responsible for their own food, shelter, and other commodities, thus helping the CCDC and the entire community save not just money, but resources as well.

Conditions of house arrest

Depending on the case, an individual put down for house arrest can leave the house under strict monitoring. The court also lays down the places where someone in house arrest can go. Stopover is prohibited; otherwise, the Metropolitan Police Department will be notified to re-arrest the defendant.

The judge usually allows outdoor engagements such as:

  • Work and school
  • Court trials
  • Community service and counseling
  • Medical and lawyer appointments

Violation of the program

An ankle bracelet should be worn at all times by the defendant and should not be tampered. In Nevada, house arrests employ a non-tolerance policy, which means that once you violate the rules, you will be taken back to CCDC where you will spend the rest of your sentence. Additional sentences and payments for damages may also be charged to the offender in case he violates the rules.

Violations include:

  • Going beyond exclusion zones
  • Tampering or breaking the device
  • Breaking curfew

If a defendant has a DUI case, especially related with alcohol, a supplementary ankle bracelet called Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) should also be worn by the defendant. Once it traces alcohol in the offender’s body system, the police will be alerted.

A house arrest is favorable for people who are charged of crimes but know that it does not erase the fact that they hold a criminal record. Meet with a criminal defense attorney today to help you get absolved of your charges today.

Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney Ross Goodman

520 S 4th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA

702-383-5088

DUI Offenses: Common Questions and Answers Part I

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

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Here are the common questions about DUI. We also aswered them for your reference.

  1. How does an officer search for drunk drivers on the highways? What does an officer look for?

Listed below are the symptoms that a vehicle is drived by a person who is under the influence of alcohol.  The list is based from the research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Administration:

  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Straddling center of lane marker
  • “Appearing to be drunk”
  • Almost striking an object or vehicle
  • Weaving
  • Driving on other than designated highway
  • Swerving
  • Speed more than 10 mph below limit
  • Stopping without cause in traffic lane
  • Following too closely
  • Drifting
  • Tires on center or lane marker
  • Breaking erratically
  • Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
  • Signaling inconsistent with driving actions
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Stopping inappropriately (other than in lane)
  • Turning abruptly or illegaly
  • Accelerating or decelerating rapidly
  • Headlights off

Note: Speeding is not a symptom of DUI and may indicate sobriety because of quicker judgment and reflexes.

  1. If stopped by a police officer and asked if you have been drinking , what is the best possible response, regardless of whether you have been drinking or not?

A polite “I would like to speak with my lawyer before I answer any questions,” is a good reply.  On the other hand, saying that you had one or two beers is not incriminating – it may explain the smell of alcohol in your breath.

  1. What is the officer looking for during the initial detention?

The traditional symptoms of intoxication taught at the police academies are:

  • Flushed face
  • Red, watery, glassy and/or bloodshot eyes
  • Odor of alcohol on breath
  • Slurred speech
  • Fumbling with wallet trying to get license
  • Failure to comprehend the officer’s questions
  • Staggering when exiting vehicle
  • Swaying/instability on feet
  • Leaning on car for support
  • Combative, argumentative, jovial or other “inappropriate” attitude
  • Soiled, rumpled, disorderly clothing
  • Stumbling while walking
  • Disorientation as to time and place
  • Inability to follow directions

 

Are you looking for an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer? Contact Atty. Ross Goodman at (702) 383 – 5088 for a free legal consultation. You can also ask questions at Avvo.

How Can Cocaine Affect Your Driving?

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

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Cocaine has a serious effect on a person’s motor and body coordination. Its intoxicating chemicals directly affect our central nervous system. A minuscule amount (10mg) of cocaine is enough for a person to feel its effects. Our Nevada laws on Driving While Intoxicated place strict restrictions on cocaine consumption. A person who violates the law would face serious penalties and charges.

Let us find out the effects of Cocaine in relation to driving.

  • The person would feel that he is in control, but actually isn’t.

This can be fatal as the person would feel that there is nothing impaired with his or her driving skills (Over-confidence). This can result to: over-speeding, over-turning, or collision with other vehicle/s due to poor judgment.

  • Stroke & Unexpected seizures

This is common for high dosage consumption. Cocaine constrict the blood vessels in the brain, which can result in a seizure or worse, stroke. Seizure while driving is extremely fatal.

  • Euphoria and Hallucinations

Cocaine blocks the normal breakdown of “dopamine” in the body. This leads to increased chemical levels in the brain, resulting in stimulation of the pleasure center. This stimulation in the pleasure center can trigger an intense form of euphoria, which could lead into day dreaming and hallucinations.

  • Anger & Hostility

This happens after Euphoria has settled down. Increased hostility levels can result in increased impulsiveness and carelessness on the road.

A person who is caught driving under the influence of cocaine are subject to harsh penalties. The penalties range from 2-day imprisonment up to 20 years, plus fines of up to $5,000.

 

Are you facing Driving Under the Influence of Drug Charges?

Attorney Ross C. Goodman

If you are charged with DUI, hire Attorney Ross C. Goodman as your defense lawyer. He is flat-out shark, smart, and has decades of experience in defending criminal defense cases. He has defended numerous clients, including high-profile cases like Nick Diaz’s marijuana case, Wanderlei Silva’s drug testing case, Crystal Williams’ case, and more.

What to ask before hiring a DUI lawyer?

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

what to ask before hiring a dui lawyer

People who are accused of DUI/DWI should hire a drunk driving defense attorney. The question is, who is the right DUI lawyer to work with? Consider asking the following questions to your prospect lawyers for you to determine who among them is the one you should hire.

  1. What areas of law do you specialize in?

Every lawyer has distinct areas of expertise. Criminal defense lawyers can handle different types of criminal cases, but some of them do not specifically focus on clients with DUI charges. Before hiring a DUI lawyer, make sure that a large percentage of the lawyer’s practice (cases handled) is focused on DUI and other related charges. This can provide you an assurance that he can assist and represent you effectively in court.

  1. What are your experiences in handling DUI cases?

It is essential that you choose a lawyer who has a genuine experience in handling DUI cases. You may ask your potential lawyer about his/her previous DUI cases and his relationship with the judges who handle the DUI cases. You may also ask how often the lawyer handles DUI cases in court. Additionally, ask if the lawyer has knowledge and experience in administering breathe tests and field sobriety tests.

  1. Can you assure me of a definite result?

In any criminal case, including DUI, no lawyer can ever assure a client of a definite result. Lawyers have ethical obligations to their clients. Giving a certain outcome to a client, especially if it’s the first interview, violates such ethical obligations. Hence, a legitimate DUI lawyer will inform you about the courtroom scenarios and the possible defenses available, based on his/her experience with cases alike in the same prerogative.

  1. How much are your legal fees?

Most DUI lawyers have two rate charges: flat fee or hourly basis. You should ask your potential DUI lawyer what is covered in the legal fees, the payment options and the other related legal expenses. Asking these things will help you deter if the DUI lawyer is willing to work with you and your budget or not.

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If you or someone you know is charged with DUI, a well-experienced DUI lawyer like Attorney Ross Goodman can help you with your case. His experience and level of expertise in handling DUI cases is extensive. Most of the cases that he handled resulted either to reduction of charges or dismissal of the case. In fact, he is the lawyer with the most number of Not-Guilty verdicts in Las Vegas. Contact his office at (702) 383 -5088 for a free consultation.

Different BAC level and Their Effects

The effects of alcohol vary between individuals. Below is the list of the common effects of alcohol based on certain BAC levels.

BAC LEVEL Effects
0.02% – Relaxation

– Slight Euphoria

– Mild loss of visual function

– Mild loss of ability to perform simultaneous tasks

– Mild loss of judgment (I.E. Distance between cars)

0.04% – Euphoria

– Talkativeness

– Decreased body coordination

– Lowering of caution (the person may be a careless driver at this point)

– Inability to concentre (The person may be too busy talking or doing something else)

– Decrease in ability to track moving objects.

0.07% – Poor muscle coordination

– Poor muscle control

– Poor judgment

– Disinhibition

– Loss of Peripheral Vision

– Impaired Glare Recovery (Glare recovery is important at night. Especially on dark roads where a headlight from another car can easily blind you)

– Poor reaction time

– Poor hearing

0.10% – Major loss of body coordination

– Reaction time is greatly impaired

– Difficulty in maintaining lane position while driving.

0.15% – Blurred Vision

– Significant loss of balance.

– Significant loss of Vehicle Control.

– Significant impairment of judgment and perception.

– Euphoria starts to disappear. Dysphoria (depression, anxiety) symptoms are now evident.

– Vomiting (It is dangerous if the person vomits while driving. It could lead to unexpected braking or over-speeding)

0.16% – Nausea
0.20% – Sleepy state, nearly unconscious, unresponsive

– Loss of understanding

– Total loss of vehicle control

– Total loss of judgment, body coordination, reaction time, muscle control, balance)

– There is a high-chance that the person may pass-out

0.25% – Risk of asphyxiation
0.30% – Stupor ( motionless, mute)

– Unconsciousness

– Central nervous system depression ( decreased heart rate, breathing)

– Possibility of coma

0.40% – High risk of coma

– Possibility of Death

0.50% – High risk of Alcohol Poisoning

– Possibility of Death

Driving under the influence of alcohol carries severe penalties. Such penalties can range from misdemeanor up to felony charges. The court may also order the accused to install Ignition Interlock Devices, order the offender to submit into alcohol treatment programs and more. If you know someone who is charged with DUI, ask him to talk to a competent DWI defense Lawyer like Attorney Ross Goodman. His contact information can be seen below:

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

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Requirements of an Evidentiary Breath Test

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

evidentiary breath test

There are two types of Breath Test for people who are suspected of committing DUI in the state of Nevada: the preliminary breath test and the evidentiary breath test. Anyone who failed the preliminary breath test must submit to an evidentiary breath test. An evidentiary breath test is used to prove that the person is driving under the influence of alcohol. It is done in the police station.

If you are charged with DUI and the police requires you to submit into an Evidentiary Breath Test, consult with DUI Defense Attorney Ross Goodman as soon as possible. This will assure you that the test is done accurately.

According to NRS 484C.200, there are certain requirements that need to be met before the result of an Evidentiary Breath Test can be considered valid.

  • It can be done only if 2 consecutive samples of the person’s breath are taken.

Failing 2 consecutive breath samples means that the person also failed a preliminary breath test (PBT) “twice”. The breath test must also be taken consecutively. This means that if the person failed the first test but he passed the second test, an evidentiary test will be rendered invalid.

  • The difference between 2 consecutive samples is less than or equal to 0.02.

If the result of the other same is more than 0.02 that the other, it will render the person invalid for an evidentiary test.

  • If the difference between 2 consecutive samples cannot be evaluated, i.e. the first or second test showed an error, a third test may be performed.

The difference of the third evidentiary test and the first or the second test, whichever is possible, must be equal or less than 0.02.

  • If the result of the third test cannot be obtained or is invalid, a fourth test can be administered.

According to Nevada’s law, the fourth test must be a “blood test”.

  • If the person failed to provide a valid sample of the second or third test, or if the person refuses to submit to a fourth test, the first test can be used to establish a valid alcohol concentration level.
  • If the person refuses or fails to provide a second or third sample, or if the person fails to submit to a fourth test, the police officers are allowed to use a reasonable force to obtain a sample from him

Remember that a prominent DUI lawyer can help you win a DUI case. Ross Goodman has an extensive experience on defending DUI cases. He can reduce the penalties for your case or even convince the court to dismiss your case. Contact his office at (702) 383 – 5088 for a free legal consultation.