Nevada Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, D-Las Vegas, was convicted of DUI Monday after a half-day trial before “Drunk Judge” Carson City Justice of the Peace John Tatro

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo drunk DUIAssemblyman Richard Carrillo, D-Las Vegas, was convicted of DUI Monday after a half-day trial.

But Carson City Justice of the Peace John Tatro declined the prosecution request to order jail time for the three-term assemblyman and imposed the minimum $800 in fines.

Carrillo also was convicted of being in possession of a firearm while intoxicated, also a misdemeanor. A .22-caliber pistol was found in his pocket when he was arrested.

He will have to perform 48 hours of community service — reduced to 42 hours because he was in the Carson City jail six hours before bailing out following the Feb. 27 arrest.

The sentence also bars him from having a firearm for at least one year.

His lawyer Larry Dunn said after the verdict that he is recommending his client appeal to district court.

“I don’t think the decision was valid,” Dunn said.

Carrillo has 10 days to make that decision.

Testimony included that from Michael Lawrence of Capitol Patrol who first found Carrillo asleep in a planter box on Plaza Street just a half block from Jimmy G’s where he had been drinking. Lawrence said he specifically told Carrillo not to go to his car and try to drive.

But just 15 minutes later, Lawrence testified he found Carrillo asleep in the driver’s seat of his white Miata sports car in a parking space outside the bar. That prompted him to call sheriff’s deputies.

Carson City Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Chaney said when he arrived, the car’s engine was running and Carrillo, with one hand on the gear-shift, was asleep in the driver’s seat.

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Richard Carrillo convicted of DUI in Carson City by judge Tatro who himself has ~3 DUIs

Dunn told Tatro that Carrillo obviously had no intention of driving the vehicle. He said his client was asleep in a legally parked vehicle with its lights off.

“He tells the officer he’s in the vehicle to stay warm. There was no attempt to operate the vehicle.”

Dunn said Carrillo even told the deputy he had some one coming to give him a ride.

But Tatro agreed with prosecutor Amy Steelman that Carrillo was in physical control of the vehicle. She argued that a person doesn’t have to actually be driving a vehicle to violate the DUI law, that being in “actual physical control” of the car violates the law designed to prevent people in control of a vehicle from driving. She pointed to the fact the engine was running and Carrillo was in the driver’s seat with his hand on the gearshift.

“You had the opportunity not to get in the car, not to get into the driver’s seat,” said Tatro.

He imposed the minimum $500 fine plus a $140 administrative fee, $100 specialty court fee and a $60 chemical testing fee for a total of $800 — the minimum fines for a first-time DUI. But he agreed to stay imposition of the sentence until Carrillo decides whether to appeal.

Dunn challenged evidence in the case as hearsay including the Washoe County crime lab testing that set Carrillo’s blood alcohol at 0.10 percent — two-tenths higher than the 0.08 percent where some one is considered legally intoxicated.

Tatro rejected those challenges.

DUI trial for Nevada assemblyman is pushed back to July by “Judge” Tatro (A judge with 3 DUIs)

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo drunk DUICARSON CITY — A Carson City judge set a late July trial date for a Nevada assemblyman who was charged with driving under the influence and possessing a firearm while intoxicated after being found asleep in his parked car near the Capitol while the Legislature was in session.
Judge John Tatro declined defense attorneys’ request to dismiss the case against Democratic Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, and instead scheduled a half-day trial for July 27.

Deputies say the Las Vegas lawmaker was found asleep in the driver’s seat of his idling car early the morning of Feb. 27, after reportedly leaving a bar near the Capitol. The arresting officer wrote that Carrillo had his hand on the gear shift and his foot apparently on the pedal, and had a loaded .22-caliber pistol in his front pocket.

Tests later revealed that Carrillo’s blood alcohol content was 0.10 percent at the time of arrest, which is above the legal driving limit of 0.08.

Carrillo’s attorney, Larry Dunn, requested at a hearing Wednesday that the trial be postponed because a private security company’s dash camera video of the incident came to his attention just this week.

“We don’t like trial by ambush,” Dunn said.

Carson City Deputy District Attorney Amy Steelman defended the department’s actions, and said her office only became aware of the video last week after an employee for the security company remembered using his dash cam the night of the arrest.

“This is one of those fluke situations where lines got crossed,” she said.

The video could serve to exonerate Carrillo, Dunn said, because it suggests Carrillo was in his car to stay warm and was waiting for a ride.

Administrators at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles have already reversed the suspension of Carrillo’s driver’s license. They determined that officers didn’t have reason to believe Carrillo was in actual physical control of his vehicle while he was intoxicated, according to Carrillo’s attorney, Karena Dunn.

Carrillo, a third-term Democrat who was at the hearing Wednesday, declined to comment further on the case.

Nevada Assemblyman Richard Carrillo (Dem) from Las Vegas arrested on DUI charge in Carson Shitty

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo drunk DUICARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) — According to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Assemblyman Richard Carrillo was arrested for DUI and Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated.

According to the Carson City Sheriff’s arrest record, the reporting officer was sent to North Carson Street early Friday morning — at about 3 a.m. — on a call of a person who had left a bar and was asleep in the driver seat of their vehicle.

The report goes on to say the officer went to the area and observed a white Mazda Miata parked in a parking space on Proctor near North Carson Street. The officer says the car appeared to be running and a Hispanic male adult was asleep in the driver seat. The driver seat was not reclined and the driver had his hand on the gear shift. His foot appeared to be on the pedals. On the ground next to the driver side door, the officer says he found vomit.

The report says the officer began engaging the driver and later identified him as Assemblyman Carrillo, the only person in the vehicle. Carrillo reportedly told the responding officer “he had a few” when asked if he’d been drinking. Carrilllo was then asked to step out of the vehicle, which he did.

The reporting officer says Carrillo was then asked to participate in a series of sobriety tests. The Assemblyman reportedly refused the Preliminary Breath Test (PBT). The responding officer then determined Carrillo was unfit to drive and was placed under arrest. During the arrest, it was determined that Carrillo also had a concealed weapon on his person — the responding officer says the weapon was then confiscated and secured.

Upon arriving at the Carson City Jail, Carrillo agreed to a blood test to determine his alcohol level, according to the report.

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office says Carrillo has since been released on bail.

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You Drink, You Drive, You Lose – UMC, 12/9/2011

On December 9, 2011, Richard had the privilege and the honor to attend and speak at You Drink, You Drive, You Lose.  UMC hosts this annual event to bring awareness to the dangers of drinking and driving.  As a husband, father, grandfather and friend, Richard feels that this kind of program  can help prevent tragedies from happening to his family and friends, as well as the community as a whole.

Nevadagate by Guy Felton – Ombudsman for Nevada

Nevadagate a youtube series exposing Nevada government corruption  by GuyFelton – Ombudsman for Nevada.  These youtube videos dig into an array of Nevada government corruption, conspiracies and cover-ups. Guy Felton has helped the Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement in his protesting efforts and his unique abilities to convey corruption in our youtube videos and his new series called Nevadagate. Please see Guy’s work below and visit his website

Guy Felton is WAS running for U. S. Congress in 2011. Hooray! In this video, Guy discusses the controversy and conspiracy  surrounding the former University of Nevada Reno (“UNR”) President Milton Glick who allegedly died of stroke at 73 – but was it really a suicide or murder?

Uploaded on May 28, 2011

Guy’s background includes: Marine Corps Reservist, Intelligence Operative, Police Officer, Classroom Teacher, Head of Negotiations for Nevada State Education Association (now having 27,000 members), Newspaper Columnist, Newspaper Photographer, Executive Jobsearch Consultant (Listed in “Who’s Who in America”), Volunteer Ombudsman for the People of Nevada (the latter resulting in being wrongfully arrested and jailed three times for legally challenging corrupt public officials in Washoe County including Commissioners Humke, Weber, and Larkin ~ as well as Washoe Manager Katy Simon, and Deputy D.A. Melanie Foster.)

Guy Felton’s youtube “Nevadagate” series on Nevada Corruption


Nevada government is permeated with a culture of corruption. Members of the state legislature meet for only 4 months every other year. This does not permit anything close to proper administration of the public affairs of Nevada’s 2.7-million residents.  Members of the upcoming 2013 legislative session are asked to answer tough-but-fair questions which might force changes for the better.
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