Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Can you be arrested for DUI in Nevada using these vehicles?

It depends on the vehicle, but driving under the influence in Nevada is usually limited to motor vehicles or recreational vehicles designed to be mounted or drawn by a motor vehicle. What a “vehicle” is defined in detail by NRS482.135:

“vehicle” means every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a public highway. The term does not include:
  1. Devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks;
  2. Mobile homes or commercial coaches as defined in chapter 489 of NRS; or
  3. Electric personal assistive mobility devices.

This means that human-powered vehicles like bicycles, unicycles, skateboards, rollerskates and other similar devices is not under the term “vehicle” as within the ambit of DUI. The same applies to motorized wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and other devices designed to assist disabled persons, but there may be some exceptions. Trains and other vehicles that use railways are also not covered by DUI since train operators aren’t strictly drivers, but they will most likely lose their certification and may face other charges.
Another typical DUI case is DUI/DWI boating.

Specific vehicles

Segways – These two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicles are designed for personal transport. While Segways do have a motor installed, which is enough to reclassify a device or vehicle into a motorized vehicle in most cases, it only has a maximum speed of 12.5 mph, which falls under electric personal assistive mobility devices. This is not enough to classify it as a motor vehicle in DUI cases, except if it’s speed goes above 15 mph, then that should be enough to turn it into a motor vehicle.

Electric bicycles – According to NRS 483.067, electric bicycles falls under “bicycles” as long as it:
  • Has fully operable pedals;
  • Electric engine does not produce more than 1 gross horsepower and 750 watts final output;
  • Has a maximum speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on a flat surface.

If the vehicle does not fulfill all of these conditions, it may be classified as a moped. In other words, you probably won’t be charged with DUI, but may face other charges.

Riding mowers – Motorized lawnmowers that are designed to be driven are classified as a motorized vehicle in Nevada. Yes, you can be charged with DUI.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

It is all Goodman.

Accidents and crimes are always unexpected and sometimes unavoidable. Due to this, new law firms began rising out of nowhere. It is best to find yourself with a great team that knows how to respond in every scenario – that is, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need a lawyer. Your case depends on the lawyer you choose so make sure that the law firm you would hire is better than the rest. Since there are a lot of new firms, it is a good idea to know what you want in a law firm.

Give a background check of the law firm that you are about to choose. Make sure that they have a positive record in winning the cases of their clients. Of course, some losses and problems are inevitable. Almost everything related to law is complicated and hard, so be sure to leave enough space for a realistic expectation. Lawyers are hard working professionals that work wholeheartedly for each client.

Once you’re settled with a law firm, be sure to know the character and skills that you want your lawyer to have. Different cases calls for different set of characteristics. A criminal defense attorney for instance is different from an environmental lawyer. Some of the characteristics that a client looks for a lawyer are the following:

·         Public Speaking – Law practice requires a lot of speaking both privately and publicly. This skill plays an important role and majorly affects the direction of the case.

·         Logical Thinking – Lawyers make assumptions from the information that is presented to them. From there, a lawyer must be able to make reasonable and smart calls.

·         Perseverance – With a lot of effort and time given to a case, a lawyer must be able to withstand the pressure without breaking down.

·         Punctuality – Every second matters in all cases, regardless of what it is. A lawyer that puts enough time in a case and gets the results without delay is a lawyer to look for.

·         Research Ethics – Credibility is one of the foundations of a lawyer’s profession. Every detail gathered should be factual and relevant to the case.

·         Caring – Whatever the case is, a lawyer must always show concern to its client. Their heart should always be a part of every decision they make.

·         Innovativeness – Situations during cases can get tricky, a lawyer that knows how to be creative can find solutions to these things no matter what.

·         Writing Skills – This profession commits to a lot of paperwork as well. Lawyers should not only be good in speaking and thinking but writing as well. Written arguments and documentations can affect the case in many ways.

Once you’ve settled for a lawyer, it is time to discuss everything you need to discuss. Cooperate completely and try to be a good client, after all you are the one that needs help. Make sure that no detail is left behind because it can cause a ripple effect during the movement of the case. Trust and confidence is vital for a good relationship between a lawyer and the client. At Goodman Law Group, all their criminal defense lawyers will provide you excellent and extraordinary service and consultation. All the questions you have in your mind will be answered with confidence and assurance; hence, worrying is the last thing to do. The best criminal defense lawyers in Las Vegas are here in Goodman Law Group. With them, there is nothing to worry about because it’s all Goodman