Las Vegas Woman Charged for Having 1,000 Identities

October 16, 2013

Last week a 32-year-old Las Vegas woman was indicted with multiple counts of the Nevada crime of forgery and related offense for allegedly having about 1,000 identities. She reportedly had two forging laboratories in Las Vegas containing a large amount of other people's personal information. Some of the victims claim their IDs were stolen during car burglaries.

Las Vegas Forgery Defense

The Nevada crime of forgery is using false or falsified documents with the intent to defraud another. Typical examples of forgery include paying with a fake check, signing a check with another's name, and creating a false court order. Common defenses are that the defendant's action did not rise to the level of forgery, or that the defendant had no intent to defraud.

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Las Vegas Prostitute Claims She Killed Pimp in Self-Defense

October 15, 2013

A 43-year-old prostitute was arrested Saturday for allegedly stabbing her pimp to death in his Las Vegas residence. She reportedly told police he threatened to kill her, which is why she struck back. The prostitute faces charges for committing the Nevada crime of murder with a deadly weapon.

Las Vegas Murder Defense

The Nevada crime of murder is divided into two degrees: First and second. First degree murder comprises premeditated killing as well as homicide committed in perpetration of a felony ("felony-murder"). Second degree murder comprises extremely reckless killing (such as playing Russian Roulette with a loaded gun). Typical defenses include mistaken identity or self-defense.

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Nevada Supreme Court Tosses Out Rape Conviction

October 9, 2013

The Nevada Supreme Court tossed out a 2010 rape conviction on the grounds that the jury contained only two African-Americans. Justices held that the defendant was deprived of his right to a fair and impartial jury. The defendant now awaits a new trial.

Nevada Sex Crime Defense

The Nevada crime of rape occurs when someone has sex with another person without that person's consent or while that person cannot give consent (such as if the victim is passed out). The most common defenses to rape charges is that the victim gave consent or that no sex occurred. People accused of having unwanted sexual contact with another person that falls short of sex (like groping) is prosecuted as open and gross lewdness.

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Erin Brockovich-Ellis Convicted of Boating under the Influence at Lake Mead

October 8, 2013

Recently, legal advocate Erin Brockovich-Ellis pleaded no contest to the Nevada crime of boating under the influence. The judge ordered her to pay $750, do an online boater safety course, and perform 25 hours of community service. The case stems from an incident earlier this year where a game warden caught Brockovich-Ellis acting intoxicated at Lake Mead. Her blood-alcohol level was reportedly .16, which is twice the lawful limit.

Nevada Criminal Defense

The Nevada crime of boating under the influence occurs when someone operates a water vessel while intoxicated or with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or above. Someone may be convicted of this crime no matter whether anyone was in danger or anyone got hurt. Typical defenses are that the arrestee wasn't the driver, or that the breath/blood-testing equipment was faulty.

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Feds Shut Down "eBay for Drugs" Website Silk Road

October 3, 2013

Yesterday the FBI shut down the underground internet website Silk Road, which is considered the "eBay for drugs." The shutdown coincided with the arrest of alleged Silk Road mastermind, 29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht, in San Francisco. Ulbricht faces federal charges of conspiracy to engage in narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and computer hacking. Ulbricht also faces attempted murder charges in Maryland on allegations he paid $80,000 in order to have a hitman kill a former employee.

Silk Road is a website on the "dark net" that runs through the encrypted browser Tor. Founded in 2011, it served as a marketplace for illegal drugs such as heroin and ecstasy as well as prescription medications, guns, bullets, and computer hacking services. Buyers and seller pay with the online currency Bitcoin. It is estimated that Silk Road has done more than $1 billion in sales.

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Las Vegas Middle School Teacher Arrested for Attempted Statutory Rape

October 1, 2013

Last week a 44-year-old teacher from Lied Middle School surrendered to Las Vegas Police over allegations he attempted to commit the Nevada crime of statutory sexual seduction as well as lewdness with a minor. Police allege that he tried to have oral sex with a 14-year-old student. The defendant taught history and coached boys basketball.

Las Vegas Sex Crime Defense

The Nevada crime of statutory sexual seduction occurs when either:
  • An adult 18 or older has sexual intercourse, anal intercourse, cunnilingus or fellatio with a child under the age of 16 years; or

  • And adult 18 or older has other sexual penetration with a child under 16 years with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust or passions or sexual desires of either of the persons.

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Nevada Federal Court Convicts Man in $15 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

September 30, 2013

Last week a 36-year-old man was convicted at trial in Nevada on federal conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud charges. The defendant was the tenth and last person to be convicted in connection to a $15 million mortgage fraud scheme, though the other nine pleaded guilty without a trial. The defendant may be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison and a quarter million dollar fine.

Nevada Fraud Defense

The Nevada crime of mortgage fraud occurs when a person perpetrates a deceptive mortgage transaction, which usually involves giving inaccurate financial information. The most prevalent mortgage fraud schemes include false loan modification, false loan applications, and false appraisals. Mortgage fraud is also a federal crime, though in federal court it is prosecuted as mail fraud, wire fraud and/or bank fraud.

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Las Vegas Man Arrested for Killing Girlfriend with Beer Mug

September 25, 2013

Last week Las Vegas police arrested a 61-year-old man for allegedly killing his girlfriend with a beer mug following an argument in her motor home. The suspect reportedly admitted to hitting her seven or eight times but never meant to cause death. The suspect faces a charge of the Nevada crime of murder with a deadly weapon.

Las Vegas Murder Defense

The Nevada crime of murder is divided into first- and second-degree murder. First degree murder comprises premeditated killing as well as killings perpetrated in the commission of a felony. Second-degree murder is extremely reckless killing done without premeditation--the classic example is playing Russian Roulette.

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Alleged DUI Driver May Face Wrongful Death Suit in Nevada

September 24, 2013

Earlier this month, a driver sped into a block wall in Las Vegas, killing the 23-year-old passenger. Currently police are investigating whether the driver should be charged with drunk driving. In addition, the victim's family may try to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. If a civil court finds that the driver was negligent, Nevada personal injury law entitles the victim's family to receive monetary damages.

Las Vegas Criminal Defense

Sometimes the same unlawful act can bring about both criminal charges and civil charges under Nevada personal injury law. For example, an abusive spouse may face both a criminal charge for battery domestic violence as well as a civil battery lawsuit for the same act of punching his spouse. A criminal battery conviction carries various penalties including fines, community service, mandatory counseling, and possibly jail, whereas civil liability for battery carries monetary damages paid to the victim.

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Las Vegas City Council Imposes Six-Month Moratorium on Medical Marijuana Businesses

September 24, 2013

Last week the Las Vegas City Council passed a six-month moratorium on all medical marijuana-related establishments. This means people hoping to open dispensaries, cultivation facilities, testing facilities, or other pot-related businesses have to wait until the moratorium lifts to apply for a license. The City Council is using this time to determine how medical marijuana establishments should operate in Las Vegas and what regulations licensees must abide by. The City Council may also vote to extend the moratorium for another six months.

Las Vegas Medical Marijuana

Starting in April 2014, Nevada law will permit a limited amount of medical marijuana-related businesses to operate in the state. Prospective business owners seeking how to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Nevada must submit to a very stringent application process. They need to be able to demonstrate that they can access $250,000 in liquid assets to cover costs of opening the establishment and complying with state regulations.

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Felony Charges Dropped against Mesquite Mom who Faked Child's Cancer

September 18, 2013

A thirty-six-year old woman who allegedly lied that her seven-year-old son had cancer in order to collect donations will no longer face felony charges of Nevada crime of child abuse. However she still might be charged with misdemeanor crimes for holding a car wash, garage sale, and establishing a fund to obtain money she claimed would go to fight her son's cancer. Police investigated the boy's medical records, which showed he does not have cancer.

Las Vegas Child Abuse Defense

The Nevada crime of child abuse occurs when someone physically abuses, emotionally abuses, neglects, abandons, or exploits a child under eighteen. Typical defenses to this crime are that the incident was accidental, that the defendant acted in self-defense, or that the defendant was falsely accused. Mental harm may be difficult for a D.A. to prove because there may be no physical manifestations.

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Las Vegas Man Faces Attempted Murder Charge for Hitting Jail Guard with Baseball Bat

September 17, 2013

Last week a twenty-five-year old man allegedly entered the Clark County Detention Center and struck an officer with a baseball bat. The man was reportedly a victim of a robbery earlier in September, and he was angry at police for not sufficiently investigating his case. The man faces charges for battery with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, and the Nevada crime of burglary.

Las Vegas Criminal Defense

The Nevada crime of burglary occurs when someone enters a structure, plane, or vehicle with the intent to commit battery, assault, or a felony inside. It is *not* burglary if the person does not form the intent to commit the crime until after he/she enters the structure, plane or vehicle. Note that a person may be convicted of burglary without "breaking and entering."

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