Nevada Joins other States in Cracking down on Voter Fraud 

With the election right around the corner, Nevada’s Secretary of State is ramping up efforts to prevent voter fraud. One of the newest ways the state is doing this is by teaming with other states to compare voter registration records in an effort to catch people who vote in more than one state.

In all, half the states in the union currently participate in the Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which is designed to find multi-state voters. The program is a relatively new one, having begun in 2005 with Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska coming together to share records. Those four states initially shared approximately 9 million records, but the coalition now will collectively share more than 90 million records.

Thus far, the program has been extremely successful at catching multi-state voters. In 2012, more than 35,750 voters in North Carolina alone had exact matches for first name, last name, and date of birth with voters in another participating state. Even so, officials caution that not all of them indicate fraud. It’s possible for people to have the same first name, last name and date of birth, particularly if they have very common names. Clerical error could also result in the wrong person’s name being marked on voting records.

To determine fraud, officials will assess the likelihood of errors and will also look at whether people voted in person or via absentee ballot. When all the facts are considered, this could be a very effective tool at preventing duplicate voting, which is prohibited under Sections 293.780 and 293.810 of the Nevada Revised Statute.

North Las Vegas Police on the Lookout for High Speed Chase Suspect

Police have arrested a man who allegedly shot at officers during a high speed chase, and are now on the lookout for his accomplice. Christopher Young, 22, was arrested on several counts, including attempted murder and evading a police officer, and his being held at the Las Vegas Detention Center. His passenger escaped and has yet to be apprehended.The high speed chase ensued after a traffic officer who was on patrol in North Las Vegas heard gunshots and then saw a blue Saturn speeding away from the scene. The car then drove directly past the officer, at which time someone inside it fired several rounds at him. The officer followed the vehicle and attempted to stop it near the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Commerce Street.During the high speed chase that followed, rounds were fired at the pursuing officer several more times. It ended when the Saturn crashed into a utility pole in the 1200 block of West Alexander Road. Young was arrested at that time, but his passenger was unable to be located. The officer was not injured at all during the incident.

The suspect at large faces charges of evading a police officer, a violation of Section 484B.550 of the Nevada Revised Statute, in addition to other possible charges. This crime is a Class B felony punishable by one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to contact the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-9111 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. Callers may remain anonymous.

Bush of a hempPerformance-Based Testing being Considered for Driving under the Influence of Marijuana Charges 

Section 484C.110 of the Nevada Revised Statute currently sets the standard for violations of driving under the influence of marijuana. This law deems a person to be “per se intoxicated” if certain levels of marijuana are detected in the blood or urine. The Nevada Legislature is currently considering a change in the law that would allow for performance-based testing to take place instead, a move that many believe will more accurately portray impairment.The Subcommittee on the Medical use of Marijuana, which is part of the Advisory Commission of the Administration of Justice has voted 9-3 in favor of drafting such a law, which would be based on a similar statute in California. The effects-based approach has already been adopted by a total of 33 states.

The reason for the proposed change is the fact that THC, a primary chemical component of marijuana, does not operate in the same way as alcohol. People also process THC in different ways, and may develop a tolerance to it over time. THC remains in the body much longer, making it possible for false positive results to be obtained from blood or urine tests.

Supporters of the legislation claim it prevents people who are medical cannabis users from being unfairly targeted. This is because medical cannabis users could have high levels of THC in their systems, yet be fully functional. Even so, the bill is expected to face significant opposition from prosecutors and those in the law enforcement community when it is finally heard during the regular 2015 session.

Tough cowboy aiming two guns on white backgroundNevada Citizens Increasingly Exercising their Right to Openly Carry 

Nevada is an open carry state, which means no permit is needed in order for citizens to openly carry guns on their persons. Many people are unaware of this fact, but that could be changing thanks to a growing number of Nevada citizens who are electing to exercise their right to bear arms freely.

Dave Stilwell, a Las Vegas truck driver began openly carrying a few years back, at which time he estimated that “90 out of 100 people didn’t think it was legal.” Since that time, he’s openly visited casinos, nightclubs and other area businesses with his .45 caliber pistol plainly attached to his hip. This has sparked quite a few conversations, resulting in Stilwell being able to educate a good number of people on Nevada’s open carry law.

Ordinary citizens aren’t the only ones being educated. Las Vegas police officers are now required to take training on how to handle citizens who openly carry. This requirement is in response to an incident that happened in 2010 in which police unlawfully detained an individual, simply because he was exercising his Second Amendment rights.

More people than ever are concerned about self protection, which had led to a spike in gun sales over the past few years. Others are becoming fearful of a tyrannical government, and want to ensure they are able to defend themselves from bureaucratic overreach, which is something our Founding Fathers considered carefully when drafting the Constitution. As such, we are likely to see even more people exercising their Second Amendment rights in the near future.

What springs to mind when you think of trespassing? Chances are that you think of teenagers jumping fences. While this is an example of a transgression against NRS 207.200, the law against trespassing, other conditions apply.

Surprisingly, the majority of people who are arrested for trespass in Nevada are charged while at a casino. That’s because the definition of trespassing under NRS 207.200 encompasses entering property to annoy the owner and willfully staying on another’s property after having received a no trespassing warning.

It’s easy to be arrested and charged under NRS 207.200 in Nevada casinos. Frequently, this happens because casino security guards overreact. The accused person may not have broken any laws, but security personnel aren’t interested. The cops have been called, and they are more likely to listen to the security guard than the person they are detaining.

An individual may also be charged with trespassing under NRS 207.200 for returning to a property after they have been disinvited. Essentially, once casino personnel have asked someone to leave, they may have the right the keep the individual from returning at a later time.

Being arrested under NRS 207.200 can be embarrassing and infuriating, particularly when you don’t feel you were in the wrong. Contact the Potter Law Offices to have your case evaluated. The charges may be reduced or dismissed with the help of a criminal defense attorney.

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