Caught Without a Driver’s License?
Whether you simply left your driver’s license at home or don’t own one, a police officer who pulls you over and finds that you can’t show a valid license is likely to place you under arrest. Don’t underestimate the danger that you face in this case. Driving without a license is no joke in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the fines can run as high as $1,000. Even a six-month stay in jail is possible if
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As a city known for its nightlife and party atmosphere, the city of Las Vegas sees many DUI arrests each year. In 2007 alone, 12,538 people were arrested in the state of Nevada under DUI charges. Because Nevada’s drunk driving and buzzed driving laws are stricter and tougher than nearly any other state’s, visitors to Las Vegas, Reno, and other cities in the state are often taken by surprise when they learn what consequences are possible if they are convicted.
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Under Nevada law, an individual who is suspected of causing another person’s injury or death while driving may be charged with vehicular assault or vehicular manslaughter. Vehicular manslaughter, a misdemeanor in Nevada, can be easily confused with other similar-sounding charges such as vehicular homicide and DUI resulting in injury or death. The misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter is reserved for cases in which the driver was only guilty of a minor infraction of traffic laws when the accident occurred. For
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The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles handles business relating to the revocation, suspension, and reinstatement of Nevada driver’s licenses. While a suspension or revocation is triggered by an arrest under misdemeanor or felony charges, it is separate from the Clark County legal system. One result of this separation is that the DMV could continue with license suspension proceedings against you even if you are found not guilty of your charges or if the charges are dropped by the prosecution.
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One of the first things that happens any time a police officer stops a driver is a request to see the driver’s license and proof of insurance. If you are unable to produce your driver’s license for some reason, or if the license you are carrying is invalid, you can be arrested for driving without a license. You may not view this situation as a matter requiring legal counsel, but often there is far more at stake than meets the
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If your driver’s license has been suspended for any reason, continuing to drive an automobile in Nevada is treated as a misdemeanor offense. Even though it does not carry the heavy penalties of a felony, there are a number of factors that make it imperative for you to get the immediate help of an experienced Las Vegas defense attorney if you are faced with this charge.
Don’t allow yourself to be surprised by the punishments that await you
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The misdemeanor charge of reckless driving is a very common one in Clark County. Running a red light, street racing, hitting objects while driving, failing to stop when pursued by police, or even excessive speeding can result in a reckless driving charge instead of a simple citation. A Las Vegas lawyer can use his local experience to call this accusation into question and allow you to avoid the eight-demerit penalty and fines, as well as possible jail time, that are
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An administrative hearing is the opportunity that the Nevada DMV gives you to contest the suspension of your driver’s license. Although requesting and arguing your case in a hearing is a difficult process, a lawyer in Las Vegas can help you and give you your best chance to keep your license after a DUI or other type of arrest. While a driver’s license suspension may seem like the least of your problems if you have been arrested, a successful defense
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