ASK A LAWYER A Las Vegas Review-Journal weekly column by Marc Saggese

Should The Boston Marathon Bomber be Sentenced to Death?

April 28, 2015 | Original Article

Boston Marathon

How does a state sentence a terrorist to death when that state no longer has the death penalty? The state of Massachusetts is one of 18 states that does not have the death penalty, which they eliminated in 1984. So, you may ask - How can 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be sentenced to death if the murders occurred in Boston, Massachusetts?

The answer is that the state of Massachusetts is not prosecuting Tsarnaev, the federal government is prosecuting him. The United States government reinstated the death penalty in 1988, so no matter what the law is in your particular state, the death penalty may be imposed if the criminal conduct in question constituted a violation of federal law.

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Ninth Circuit Takes New Look at Duty to Warn in Match Gone Bad

April 28, 2015 | Original Article

Ninth Circuit

It has been seven years since Mary Kay Beckman was brutally stabbed and left for dead by a man she met on, and the courts still have not decided whether the dating website had a duty to warn her it had paired her with a violent maniac.

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DUI Checkpoints – Are They Legal and What are Your Rights?

December 30, 2014 | Original Article

DUI Checkpoint

They go by a number of different names: DUI checkpoints, administrative roadblocks, mobile checkpoints, or as they are referred to by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, sobriety checkpoints. No matter the title, they all have the same effect: to allow the police to stop your vehicle for no articulable reason, ask for your license and registration, and ask you questions such as, "Where are coming from?" "Where are you going?" and — most importantly — "Have you been drinking?"

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Everything You Need to Know About Car Insurance

December 5, 2014 | Original Article

Car Insurance

As a lawyer, I am often asked, "What type of automobile insurance should I have?" Although the law requires a minimum level of insurance, it is very important to have the proper combination of insurance to truly protect you and your loved ones.

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What To Do if You’re in a Car Accident

October 16, 2014 | Original Article

Car Accident

We have all heard the stories about how the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) won’t show up at the scene of your automobile accident, even if you call 911 and request them to appear. I am sure many of you, just like me, initially thought – that can’t be true! It evokes thoughts of lawlessness, chicanery and the eventual decline and fall of the Las Vegan Empire.

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The Importance of Having a Will

September 20, 2014 | Original Article

Last Will and Testament

Have you ever thought about getting a will? Maybe you aren’t sure if you even need one. Perhaps you think that you don’t have enough assets for it to even matter. However, if you want any say as to who gets what after you are gone, you may want to consider creating a will.

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Drinking and Driving in Nevada

September 8, 2014 | Original Article


In this article, we will focus on Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and the Nevada laws and rules associated with alcohol only. A thorough discussion of driving under the influence of drugs.

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Texting and Driving

August 30, 2014 | Original Article

Texting and Driving

The law permeates everything. Whether it be crossing the street, using your cell phone, or driving your car, everything has a law associated with it. That is why it is undeniably helpful to know...

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