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Due Process: Sealing Criminal Records in Nevada (Opinion)

As a criminal attorney, I often get questions about criminal histories and how to get criminal records sealed or expunged. This has become especially true in light of the recent decriminalization trend regarding cannabis. First, let’s explain what it means to “seal your criminal record”. Sealing your records only removes them from public access, it …

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What is Due Process?

What is Due Process? In the field of law, this legal term is simply defined as “notice and opportunity to be heard”. This term and the legal philosophy behind it means that any person involved on one end or the other of a legal proceeding is allowed, by right, their “day in court”. As Americans, …

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Society, Not Just Sheriff’s Office, Must Address Jail Deaths: Henry Sotelo

Recently the Reno Gazette-Journal has been reporting on a rise in deaths at the Washoe County jail under Sheriff Chuck Allen. Since I have one of the legal defender contracts with Reno Municipal Court, I find myself representing defendants currently incarcerated in Washoe County jail frequently and as a result am very familiar with the jail. The …

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Sotelo: Reno Should Expand Specialty Courts

Like most cities in America, sections of Reno struggle with issues of substance abuse and homelessness, and experience related criminal behavior as a result. To face these challenges as a community, we must expand our municipal Drug, Alcohol, Homelessness, and Mental Health Specialty Courts. These problem-solving courts implement intense treatment and rehabilitation programs as alternatives …

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