Ballot Question 1: Marsy’s Law asks voters to expand crime victims’ rights

A sign in Tagalog indicating to “Vote Here” next to a sign prohibiting campaigning are posted at the Boulevard Mall voting booths on the first day of early voting, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. By Camalot Todd (contact) Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 | 2 a.m. Ballot Question 1, or Marsy’s Law, seeks to expand the state constitutional…

By Hayley Miller Track Palin, the eldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), was arrested Friday for the third time in less than three years on charges stemming from domestic violence incidents. In the latest case, he allegedly assaulted a female acquaintance in his home, according to law enforcement officials. Alaskan State Troopers…

Tyler Conway May 17, 2018 Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press Elissa Ennis, the ex-girlfriend of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, took the stand Thursday and admitted she lied to police and fabricated domestic violence claims. “I wanted to sue Reuben. It was a money scheme. It was all about money. I wanted to get him,”…

Many of my domestic violence clients have questions and concerns about witnesses being subpoenaed to their trial settings. More specifically, they have questions and concerns about the alleged “victim” being subpoenaed to their trial. Service of Trial Subpoena Chapter 174 of the Nevada Revised Statutes governs trial subpoenas. A subpoena to appear at a misdemeanor…

In our previous Blog, entitled What is “domestic violence”?, we provided you with an analysis on the many acts that can qualify as “domestic violence.”  Many of these acts do not involve a “battery” or touching at all.  In this Blog, we solely examine battery domestic violence charges, the most common domestic violence charge.  So…

Many of my clients believe that you must physically attack a spouse or partner to be liable for domestic violence.  This is a common misconception.  First, the alleged victim need not be a spouse or dating partner for domestic violence laws to apply.  See our prior Blog entitled Who can be liable for “domestic violence”…

The defining characteristic of what separates “domestic violence” from other crimes is the nature of the relationship between the accused and the “victim”.  A crime can only be enhanced to constitute “domestic violence” if the accused and the complainant are connected by any one of a number of domestic relationships i.e. marriage (including ex’s), dating…