How can I lower my bail amount?

How can I lower my bail amount?

How can I lower my bail? We all hear on the news about how this person had their bail set at this amount, and that person had their bail set at that amount. How does a Judge come to a conclusion about what bail to set? Can you get bail lowered from the original amount...

5 Things You Need To Know When Pulled Over For DUI

5 Things You Need To Know When Pulled Over For DUI

Choosing Between The Breath Or Blood Tests If you are stopped for driving under the influence of alcohol, you may be given the option of a breath or blood test. The breathalyzer will give an instant response, and if you are over the 0.08 legal limit, the police will...

Tesla’s Autopilot and Texting laws

Tesla’s Autopilot and Texting laws

Texting while on Autopilot   While doing some research on a case I found an interesting statute here in Nevada. In Nevada it is illegal to use your handheld device while operating a motor vehicle as it is in most states but we have found a neat little clause that...

Will sealing your criminal history help you with immigration?

Will sealing your criminal history help you with immigration?

Hi, this is attorney Michael Pariente with the Pariente Law firm P.C., John G. Watkins, of counsel. I'm a criminal defense lawyer here in Las Vegas and I've been practicing law for 18 years. Today I'd like to talk to you about a question that I've been getting asked a...

Should You Take A Breath Or Blood Test In A DUI?

Should You Take A Breath Or Blood Test In A DUI?

If you're stopped for driving under the influence of alcohol, should you take a blood test or a breath test? That's a complicated question, and I'm going to explain my hopefully less complicated answer. If you take a breath test, the police will know immediately if...

Your Rights When Stopped By The Police

Your Rights When Stopped By The Police

The Right To Remain Silent How you act when confronted by the police can have a huge effect on the outcome of your case. Like they say on TV, you really do have the right to remain silent, and what you say can AND WILL be used against you in court. If interacting with...

Utah v. Strieff – Cops can search you without a warrant now

Utah v. Strieff – Cops can search you without a warrant now

Picture this, you’re walking down the street one day, minding your own business. You’ve done NOTHING wrong. You haven’t been accused of anything wrong, you haven’t broken any laws. Now, here comes John Q. Law out of the blue and he tells you to stop. Once you stop he...

Arrested For Drugs At Vegas EDC 2016?

Arrested For Drugs At Vegas EDC 2016?

Arrested For Drugs At Vegas EDC 2016? EDC is a busy time for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). This is the time of year when 250,000 EDC fans descend upon Las Vegas for the Electric Daisy Carnival. Unfortunately for many EDC-goers, LVMPD officers don’t...

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Possession of a Controlled Substance

What Are Controlled Substances?   A “substance” is a drug classified as being “controlled” by federal or state governments when the use of the drug is only available through regulated means. The federal government has made a list of the various types of drugs...

Domestic Violence in Las Vegas

Domestic Violence in Las Vegas

One of the most emotionally stressful types of cases to deal with is domestic violence. Domestic violence occurs when a violent crime is committed by a person who shares a “domestic” relationship with another. Nevada domestic battery laws apply to the following...

What is the Age of Consent in Nevada?

What is the Age of Consent in Nevada?

The legal age of consent in Nevada is 16. (NRS 200.368) Minors in Nevada can't legally consent to any type of sexual activity unless they are 16 years old. If the minor is a student and the sexual partner is a teacher or figure of authority, the age of consent is...

Bench Warrant vs. Arrest Warrant

Bench Warrant vs. Arrest Warrant

Finding out there is a warrant for your arrest can leave a person scared, or even paranoid about getting arrested at any time. Once you are informed of any warrant for your arrest, the best thing to do is find out as much information you can about your options! In...

Theft vs. Embezzlement

Theft vs. Embezzlement

One of the many confusing aspects of criminal law is distinguishing criminal behaviors that appear to be similar to one another. Understanding the differences between crimes is essential to understanding the relevant consequences, and legal punishments that a party...

Fighting the Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Guidelines

Fighting the Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Guidelines

Federal Safety Valve Eligibility 18 USC 3553 Welcome to the Pariente Law Firm P.C. with John G Walkins of counsel. My name is Michael Pariente, and I am a criminal defense lawyer here in Las Vegas. I have been practicing law for over 17 years and have significant...

Can Hotel Security Search Me to Enter a Pool in Las Vegas?

Can Hotel Security Search Me to Enter a Pool in Las Vegas?

Can Hotel Guards SEARCH Me at a Vegas Pool? Sometimes when you enter a business you may see a sign posted on the door saying "we reserve the right to refuse service." What exactly does that mean? When entering a private venue, they have every right to refuse you...

Apple v. FBI and the U.S. Government

Apple v. FBI and the U.S. Government

APPLE VERSUS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: ROUND TWO Apple is refusing to comply with an order from United States Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym. What does this mean for Apple? What options do they have? Criminal Defense Attorney Michael D. Pariente discusses Apple's options...

Casino Markers That Are Older Than 6 Months

Casino Markers That Are Older Than 6 Months

The "Stale Casino Marker" Defense Today I'd like to talk about the specific defense-related to casino marker prosecutions. Let's say that you write a casino marker to one of the casinos here in Las Vegas in February 2015 and that casino doesn't deposit your market...

Vegas Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Attorney

Vegas Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Attorney

Hi, this is Michael Pariente from Pariente Law Firm, P.C. here at the Howard Hughes Center in my conference room. I’m a criminal defense attorney here in Las Vegas. I’ve practiced law for the past 17 years. Today, I’d like to talk to you about prosecution for Computer...

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