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People in Nevada can apply for a temporary protective order, or TPO, when they feel threatened, harassed, or stalked by someone else.  When the Court grants a temporary protective order, the victim will receive a Court order for protection that lasts approximately one month.  Then, there will be a hearing to determine if the protection order should be extended for a year.  Carlson & Work can represent you at your TPO hearing. 

Have a Skilled Attorney By Your Side

At Carlson & Work, we have experience successfully representing the applicant and the adverse party in a TPO hearing. These matters typically involve people who are romantically dating or in a domestic relationship that existed in the past. These relationships also extend to those who are dating, neighbors, employees, and roommates.


The Experience You Need

We have successfully represented hundreds of individuals in TPO matters and more time than not, we have successfully obtained the results they need. The impacts of a TPO being substantiated can have a significant impact upon your life including:

  • Impact on child support
  • Background investigations
  • Criminal investigation 
  • Child custody implications
  • Family law implications

If you need a TPO attorney by your side during a Temporary Protection Order for stalking, aggravated stalking or harassment, then contact an experienced TPO attorney at Carlson & Work today.


DUI Defense Attorney in Reno, NV

Have you been charged with a DUI? Get Expert Advice from a DUI Defense Attorney in Reno, NV

Understanding your rights and having the right DUI attorney in your corner when charged with a DUI or DWI in Reno is critical. That is why we have put this resource together for you to evaluate.

Why You Should Consider Taking Your DUI to Trial 

First, let me start by saying I have tried over three-hundred DUI cases at trial. As a former City Attorney, I was tasked with prosecuting DUI charges, daily. What I was routinely surprised by was how often defense attorneys would plead their clients… without knowing if I had my case ready for trial. 

DUI convictions require a massive amount of evidence.

What people (and even some attorneys) fail to understand is the massive undertaking required to properly and effectively convict an individual at trial. In Reno, there are two main prosecutorial agencies: (1) The Reno City Attorney’s Office and (2) The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office. To be frank, I have a massive amount of respect for both of these agencies. I worked for the City Attorney’s Office as a newly minted attorney and the experience was priceless. It was that experience which showed me what was necessary and required to obtain a DUI conviction in Reno, NV. Let me tell you, it’s a lot. Below, please take a look at the typical DUI timeline that a prosecutor will need to go over and substantiate to obtain a DUI conviction.

The Traffic Stop

The traffic officer who initiated the stop must be available on the date of trial. They will need to testify as to what the basis for the stop and what observations he recalls having. These include whether you had red watery eyes, a smell of alcohol on your breath, and lastly whether your speech was slurred.  These observations must be correctly recalled by the initiating officer to move to the next phases of the investigation.  Depending on whether the initiating officer is certified as a DUI specialist determines whether or not there would’ve been the need for an additional officer called to scene.

DUI Specialist

In most cases, a DUI specialist is required.  These are police officers who have been specifically trained to conduct a DUI investigation. The DUI officer is called to scene to perform the DUI field testing. Commonly, these include a walk and turn test, breath testing, horizontal eye tests, and general observations. Ultimately, the DUI specialist determines whether or not there is a basis for an arrest.  Should the DUI specialist fail to appear in court, there is an opportunity to have the case reduced or dismissed.

Blood or Breath Testing

In the event blood or breath is taken after the arrest, the specialist who assisted in the DUI investigation and arrest must be available in court. They must be certified and cross-examined as to their training, experience and any recollection they may have of the case. Should they fail to specifically recall the events or experience, the DUI conviction may be reduced.

dui-lawsWhat This Means at Trial for a DUI Charge

Ultimately, what this means, is the prosecutor has a much tougher job than most realize. In a way, all their stars must line up at trial if they wish to obtain a prosecution. You need to hire a Reno DUI attorney who understands exactly what is required to obtain the best outcome for your case. Call Work Law today, we focus on DUI, Criminal Defense and Family Law in Reno, NV.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Reno, NV you need an experienced DUI Defense Attorney. Call Work Law today.

Get the best defense when charged with a DUI or DWI in Reno, NV

DUI: Driving under the influence. DWI: Driving while impaired (intoxicated).

To many people, this may seem like driving after having any alcoholic beverage is grounds for a DUI. However, this is not the case. In the state of Nevada, a DUI is upheld by illegal BAC (blood alcohol concentration) percentage. This means, although you may have had a drink or two, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are guilty of a DUI. In Nevada, you must have a BAC of .08 or higher, in order to be deemed legally intoxicated. (NRS 484C.020) The arresting officer must prove probable cause in order to make the traffic stop. This could be a broken tail light, erratic driving, swerving or any other behavior the officer deems to be unconventional. If you are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, this is not just a traffic violation. It is a criminal offense.

DUIMany people often have the misconception that a DUI is limited to only alcohol. However, a DUI applies to any of the following drugs: amphetamines; cocaine; heroin; methamphetamine; Lysergic acid diethylamide; phencyclidine; and marijuana. (NRS 484C.110)

PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE URINE (nanograms/ml) BLOOD (nanograms/ml)
(a) Amphetamine 500 100
(b) Cocaine 150 50
(c) Cocaine metabolite 150 50
(d) Heroin 2000 50
(e) Heroin metabolite:
(1) Morphine 2000 50
(2) 6-monoacetyl morphine 10 10
(f) Lysergic acid diethylamide 25 10
(g) Marijuana Only blood 2
(h) Marijuana metabolite Only blood 5
(i) Methamphetamine 500 100
(j) Phencyclidine 25 10


In Nevada, a field sobriety test is actually not mandatory. It is an optional test, which you are allowed to deny. However, failing to undergo a field sobriety test is grounds for probable cause, and the officer may administer a breath; blood; or urine sample; in order to determine the drivers state during the traffic stop.  In addition, in Nevada, when you receive a driver’s license, you give “implied consent”. What does this mean? This means, in Nevada if an officer asks for a breath, blood, or urine sample, you are obligated to do so.(NRS 484C.150, 484C.160)

If you refuse to undergo evidentiary testing, the officer will revoke your license and all of your driving privileges and may use “reasonable force” in order to have the test administered by a medical professional. You will then be unable to obtain a license/permit for a minimum of 1 year. This is dependent upon previous DUI and or evidentiary testing refusals in the defendant’s past. (NRS 484C.210) Not only does failure to undergo evidentiary testing carry some hefty consequences, but it can also be used as evidence in court.

If you have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, you will want the best representation in Reno. Work Law will work closely with the prosecutor to determine what evidence has been brought forth against you. Upon review of the evidence, Work Law will weigh the options in order to receive the best plea deal possible, or take the case to trial if need be. Mathew Work will use his prior knowledge and expertise in criminal prosecution, to ensure you have exceptional criminal representation in your defense.

Convicted of a DUI or DWI?

If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you need a former criminal prosecutor in your corner. DUI laws are incredibly complex. You have options. Don’t face life-changing charges alone.

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