Former Nevada Lawmaker Pleads ‘No Contest’ to Charges in California

Sal FalcoEveryone deserves justice under the law. It is not just a good idea – it’s a right enshrined in our highest laws. No matter what the accusation or the circumstances, each person who stands accused is innocent until proven guilty and are allowed to have a fair trial to determine the consequences of the charges, if any.

A former Las Vegas legislator decided to plead no contest after a freeway chase and a fight with police in Southern California led to charges. This occurred exactly one year after his expulsion from the Nevada Assembly, which deemed him a threat to security. He was later arrested in Victorville, California, after leading police on a high-speed chase along Interstate 15.

The 42-year-old former legislator was charged with evading a peace officer and resisting arrest, to which he pleaded no contest, after charges of throwing a substance at a vehicle and willful harm to a police dog were dropped. Sentencing will occur on July 25.

According to a deputy district attorney, the deal had been a possibility since the case had begun, but it was only when the case went to trial that the defendant decided to act upon it. The lawyer for the defense was not available for comment.

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