Being arrested is one of the most frightening things you can experience. The potential consequences are hard to ignore and can make the situation seem completely overwhelming. For this reason, it is vital that you take immediate action by contacting a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer. Do not discuss the matter with police or investigators before retaining the services of a qualified attorney; doing so may lead to statements being misconstrued and used to incriminate you. Exercise your right to remain silent and your right to legal counsel.
If you have recently been arrested, this may be your first time in the Nevada legal system. Whether this is your first offense or you have been arrested before, our explanation of the Nevada criminal codes can prove helpful to you. We are extremely knowledgeable in this area and want to share that knowledge with you.
Below, we have provided information on criminal law in the state of Nevada:
In Las Vegas, the criminal process begins with an arrest or an investigation that will ultimately lead to the arrest. If you are arrested, there is the possibility of being released on bail until your next hearing—unless you are labeled as a danger to the surrounding community.
The first hearing you attend is the arraignment hearing, which is when the Judge formally reads your charges to you and you are asked how you plea. If you plead guilty, then you will face sentencing. If you plead not guilty, then your criminal case will move into the pretrial phase and preliminary hearing(s). If your case is not dismissed, then it will proceed to trial.
We at Okabe & Haushalter are ready to delve into your case by locating evidence or information that may be used in your defense. Our firm can conduct a thorough review of the evidence the prosecution plans to use against you and search for any factors that may cause it to be considered invalid or inadmissible. Even if charges have not yet been filed, retaining our services while you are under investigation can sometimes lead to the entire matter being dropped. We can attempt to have any charges against you dismissed or reduced and can represent you aggressively in court. As needed, we will negotiate in pursuit of reduced penalties.
Do not hesitate to contact a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney immediately!