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Brian J Smith

How Serious is Drug Trafficking in Nevada?

Keep two critical terms in mind when trying the determine how much trouble you or a loved one are in if accused by authorities of selling — also known as trafficking — a controlled substance: weight and schedule.
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Aiding And Abetting Charges in Nevada

If you face charges for aiding and abetting in Las Vegas, Nevada you might be curious about what this offense really means. Aiding and abetting generally involves a crime in which a minimum of two individuals have participated in at some point or level.
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What Not to Do if You Get Arrested

You’ll have few worse days in your life than when you feel the handcuffs on your wrists and hear those fateful words: “You have the right to remain silent…”
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Criminal Defense Resources for the Mentally Ill

If you’ve ever seen a criminal trial in a movie or on a television show you know that the burden to prove the guilt of a defendant is on the prosecution. But that gets all turned around when a defendant’s attorney puts forth a mental illness defense. In this situation, the defense must first admit the client’s guilt, then prove that the defendant’s mental condition offers extenuating circumstances.
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Marijuana: When Is It Legal v Illegal in Vegas?

In July 2017, Nevada passed legislation that legalized recreational marijuana for people who were at least 21 and hold valid identification that confirms they are legally capable of purchasing the drug. With 43 million people visiting Las Vegas each year, it is only natural that visitors are curious about what is legal and what is illegal relating to marijuana in the city.
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Top 5 Ways to Prepare for Your First Vegas Court Appearance

The idea of going to court is frightening even when you are working with a Las Vegas federal criminal defense lawyer. You hope the outcome is in your favor, but you are concerned about the rules and formalities that exist in a courtroom. If you are facing several court appearances, it is the first that is so stressful as you will know what to do on subsequent appearances if there are any. These five tips can help you prepare for that first appearance.
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Is Disorderly Conduct a Criminal Offense in Las Vegas?

You might have heard that there are a few casinos, restaurants, nightclubs and bars in Las Vegas. And that they serve alcohol. After all, they don’t call it Sin City for nothing. One byproduct of all of that hard partying and free-flowing liquor consumption is that some people get rowdier than they should. Next thing they know, they’re ticketed or behind bars and being charged with something called disorderly conduct.
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How to Seal Your Vegas Arrest Record

An arrest record can haunt you for your entire life. Even if you are not convicted of the crime, the arrest remains, and you could find yourself explaining to a future employer what happened. An arrest can also eliminate your chances for security clearances should you enter government service. It is possible to have your record sealed in Las Vegas, but you must follow certain steps, according to a criminal attorney Las Vegas residents trust.
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Las Vegas Legal Snapshot: Avtandil Khurtsidze Found Guilty on Racketeering

In June 2018, Avtandil Khurtsidze, a former interim middleweight world titlist, was found guilty of racketeering, wire fraud and other charges and now faces 40 years in prison. Razhden Shulaya, a business associate of Khurtsidze’s, was also convicted as part of a crime ring that operated in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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