Misdemeanor Criminal Defense
Nevada law states that a misdemeanor is a crime which is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. A misdemeanor charge can be as simple as a traffic ticket or as serious as battery or domestic violence. While a misdemeanor criminal charge may technically be less severe than a felony charge, this does not mean that a conviction won’t follow you around for the rest of your life.
Some misdemeanors even have mandatory jail time imposed, if you are convicted. Other misdemeanors may carry only a fine. To help minimize the potential fines or jail time you face, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced Las Vegas, NV criminal defense attorney to defend your rights.
Along with many other criminal charges, DUI can either be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the severity of the crime and any aggravating factors. When you are convicted of DUI in Nevada and it is your first offense, there are minimum penalties that the court has to impose. A knowledgeable DUI attorney can fight on your behalf for the minimum sentence allowed in your case. The minimum and maximum sentencing ranges for a first offense DUI in Las Vegas, Nevada, are:
- Incarceration: The court is required to impose upon a first time DUI offender a minimum of 48 hours and a maximum of six months in jail. The judge does have the discretion to enforce a sentence of ninety-six hours of community service, as an alternative to actual jail time.
- Fines: The court must impose fines totaling at least $400 and a maximum of $1,000. This does not include court costs.
- Suspension of Driver’s License: The Department of Motor Vehicles must enforce a ninety-day suspension of your driver’s license upon conviction of a first DUI. After forty-five days have passed, a driver may be eligible to obtain a restricted driver’s license, which will allow them to drive for employment for the remainder of the suspension period.
- DUI Education: Every person convicted for a first DUI must enroll in and complete a state approved traffic safety school program. This is an eight-hour education program which costs each student about $150.
- Alcohol Addiction Treatment: Depending on the judge issuing the order and the negotiating skills of your Las Vegas DUI lawyer, you may or may not be required to enter, complete, and pay for an alcohol addiction treatment program, after being convicted of DUI.
Estate and Financial Planning
Having a legally valid estate plan in place for when you die is one of the most caring things you can do for your family members and loved ones. Choosing which estate planning options are ideal for you can be a challenging and legally complicated task. You will need to find an experienced estate planning attorney in Las Vegas, NV to guide you throughout the process of estate planning. Always consult with your Nevada estate planning lawyer before making any changes to your estate planning documents.
A knowledgeable estate and financial planning attorney can explain the various options available to you and help you to fulfill the future needs of all your loved ones. Whether you wish to revise your existing will or make an entirely new estate plan, it is always the best plan to contact a competent Nevada estate planning attorney to get started on the right estate plan for you.
Felony Criminal Defense
All criminal charges should be taken seriously. However, a felony charge can carry truly devastating consequences and is never to be taken lightly. A felony charge, in Nevada, is any criminal charge that has a penalty of at least one year in prison. Many felony charges can be negotiated by your criminal defense attorney so that there is no prison time attached. However, they are still considered felonies because if you had been found guilty at trial, you could have been sentenced to at least one year in prison. Common felony charges include drug possession, felony battery, felony domestic violence, felony DUI, hit and run, robbery, murder, and theft related crimes that involve have a high financial cost.
Felonies can also be companion charges, meaning you can be charged with two or more felonies for the same criminal act. An example of companion felony charges would be charges of unlawful possession of firearms, conspiracies, and grand larceny in a burglary situation. When it comes to companion felonies, the risk of losing at trial is greater because the judge can sentence you separately for each charge, if you are found guilty, even though they all came from the same act. Fortunately, if your Las Vegas criminal defense attorney can prove that there is a flaw with the underlying charge, the companion charge may also be found defective.
Why Hire An Attorney?
Because it is Probably Better to Avoid Problems in the First Place Rather than Try to Fix Them Once They Arise.
You may have heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, hiring a lawyer in many instances will help you avoid potential legal headaches down the road. Do you really understand the fine print of that contract you are signing? A lawyer will.
A Good Lawyer Can Strike Up a Good Settlement Offer or Plea Bargain, if Necessary.
An experienced lawyer probably has seen cases similar to yours or at least knows enough to make a calculated guess about how it might resolve at trial. Sometimes a settlement is the best choice, while other times it makes more sense to see your case through to trial. An attorney also can help negotiate a fair settlement with the opposing party.
The Other Party has Legal Representation.
Non-attorneys are generally at a disadvantage when squaring off against opposing counsel or doing business with another party that has legal counsel. As explained above, the law is complicated and an attorney representing your adversary (or even a non-adversarial party entering into a legal agreement with you) will take advantage of this inequity.
Lawyers Often Provide a Free Initial Consultation.
Since many attorneys will meet with you for free during a face-to-face consultation, there is really no harm in talking with one. Not only will a free consultation give you an idea of the type of case you have, it will help you decide whether you actually need to hire a lawyer.
The Law is Complicated.
If you are not a lawyer you probably have no business acting like one in certain instances. Even experienced lawyers typically do not represent themselves in court. A solid case can quickly unravel without the help of a trained and emotionally detached attorney. Similarly, failing to hire a lawyer when starting a business, reviewing a contract or embarking on other endeavors with potential legal ramifications can result in otherwise avoidable pitfalls.
Not Having a Lawyer May Actually Cost You More.
What is at stake? A criminal case may determine whether or not you spend time behind bars, while a civil case could hurt you financially. Besides, many civil attorneys don’t collect a dime unless they win your case. Also, you may be able to claim legal fees as a plaintiff in a civil case, so hiring a lawyer can actually save or make you money.
Lawyers Know How to Challenge (and Sometimes Suppress) Evidence.
You may not even know that a key piece of evidence against you was improperly obtained or that the testimony of a witness contradicts an earlier statement. And did the crime lab properly handle the evidence every step of the way? Your attorney will find out.
Attorneys Understand How to Properly File Court Documents and Handle Other Legal Procedures.
If you’re not an attorney, you may struggle with the deadlines and protocol for properly filling out and filing certain legal documents. One late or incorrect filing could derail your case, delay a given legal procedure or worse – have the case thrown out altogether (and not in your favor).
Because You Don’t Know any Expert Witnesses or Private Detectives.
Attorneys depend on an extended network of professionals to help their clients’ cases. Most non-attorneys do not personally know the types of professionals who can help with discovery or challenge evidence or testimony by the opposing party.
You’re Not Sure How to Plead — or What a ‘Pleading’ Is?
Pleading guilty is not the only choice, even if there is evidence pointing directly at you. An attorney who understands the law will be best situated to explain your options and can help you avoid potentially severe penalties even before a criminal trial begins.
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