Mike Castillo, Esq.
Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Michael V. Castillo practices appellate law, criminal defense, personal injury, and family law in Nevada. Just in the last couple of years, Mike was named to two prestigious attorney shortlists:

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The National Trial Lawyers named Mike Castillo as a Top 100 attorney in Nevada.

As a former extern with the Clark County District Attorney's Office, he learned firsthand  how “the other side” prosecutes cases. Now he's able to “think like a prosecutor” and anticipate their strategies. Even Nevada's police rely on Mike to defend them when their officers get into trouble... the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers (NAPSO) is one of Las Vegas Defense Group's standing clients.

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The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys named Mike Castillo as a Top 10 attorney in Nevada.

As a criminal defense attorney, Mike has experience in motion practice at the trial and appellate levels in both criminal and juvenile courts.  Mike has represented clients in numerous matters including Traffic Tickets, DUI, Battery Domestic Violence, Shoplifting and Drug Crimes. He received advance training on how to fight sexual assault cases (Savannah, GA, Oct. 2013). Mike has also first or second-chaired numerous jury trials including a murder trial and an attempted murder trial. Mike has also successfully represented clients in post conviction appeals in front of the Nevada Supreme Court and has two published opinions to date (State v. Gonzalez, 298 P. 3d 448; 129 Nev. Adv. Op. 22 (2013) and Barral v. State, 131 Nev. Adv. Op. 52 (2015)).

AT-A-GLANCE

  • Graduated magna cum laude from UNLV Law School
  • Experienced in personal injury, family law and criminal defense
  • Lead associate defense counsel for the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers (NAPSO). 
  • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Received advanced training on fighting sex crime charges
  • Former extern with Clark County District Attorney's Office
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Super Lawyers rated Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Michael Castillo as a Rising Star in criminal defense.

Mike tirelessly investigates the evidence in each criminal defense, personal injury, and family law case. He is always ready to go to trial. However, usually this preparation and tenacity allows him to secure favorable resolutions with opposing counsel that spare his clients the stress of trial.

Prior to graduating magna cum laude from the Boyd School of Law at UNLV, Mike gained practical experience by clerking in the Henderson firm of Rands, South & Gardner as well as externing with the D.A's office. Hailing from the Midwest, he received his B.A. in Education from The University of Michigan and preceded his legal  career by teaching Social Studies and English in Detroit and Las Vegas.

Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Mike Castillo represents clients throughout Nevada with a focus on Clark County. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NADCL), the American Bar Association and the Clark County Bar Association. He lives in the Summerlin area with his wife.

Sample Case Results

  • State of NV v. Linda C.
    Date: March 21, 2017
    Description: Client was convicted at trial in Las Vegas of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, battery domestic violence with a deadly weapon, stalking and bribery. Las Vegas Defense Group appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court that the judge made several mistakes that prejudiced the jury against our client. The Nevada Supreme Court agreed and reversed the convictions. Now our client may have a fair trial.
    Outcome: ATTEMPTED MURDER CONVICTION REVERSED; NEW TRIAL ORDERED.
  • State of NV v. Dustin B.
    Date: July 23, 2015
    Description: Client was convicted at trial in Las Vegas of two counts of raping a child under 14. On appeal, he and attorney Michael Becker pointed out that the trial judge failed to administer the oath to the jury pool prior to voir dire (jury selection). The Nevada Supreme Court ruled that this serious error voided the verdict, and the Court reversed the convictions to make way for a new trial.
    Outcome: RAPE CONVICTIONS REVERSED; NEW TRIAL ORDERED.
  • State of NV v. Leopoldo G.
    Date:  November 7, 2013
    Description:  Client was accused of sexual assault and lewdness with a minor under fourteen, which could have put him in prison for life.  After trial, the jury came back with a not guilty verdict for lewdness and a hung jury on rape. Then Mr. Castillo filed a motion with the District Court arguing that double jeopardy prevented the D.A. from retrying the rape charge. After the court rejected the motion, he filed a writ with the Nevada Supreme Court, which ultimately resulted in the rape charge being dismissed
    Outcome:  NOT GUILTY VERDICT & CHARGE DISMISSAL.
  • State of NV v. Andry N.
    Date: May 24, 2013
    Description: Our client was accused of sexual assault in a hotel room. Both our client and the accuser were Russian. At trial Las Vegas Defense Group, L.L.C., argued that the accuser falsely accused our client in order to get a U visa as a victim of a crime, allowing her to stay in the U.S. The jury was hung (11-1 for "not guilty"), and the D.A. agreed to reduce the charge to a gross misdemeanor. Instead of spending decades in prison, our client was able to go back to his home in Russia right away.
    Outcome: HUNG JURY & CHARGE REDUCTION
  • State of NV v. Aaron H.
    Date: January 7, 2013
    Description: Client was charged with rape. Las Vegas Defense Group presented evidence to the jury that the alleged victim consented to the charges.
    Outcome: NOT GUILTY VERDICT
  • State of NV v. Linda C.
    Date: August 23, 2012
    Description: Client faced a charge for the Nevada crime of attempted murder and other serious felonies. Las Vegas Defense Group argued that the prosecution failed to inform the grand jury not to consider prejudicial evidence when deliberating over the charges.
    Outcome: CHARGE DISMISSED
  • State of NV v. Tyson H.
    Date: August 30, 2012
    Description: Client faced a charge for the Nevada crime of battery domestic violence as a misdemeanor.  Las Vegas Defense Group brokered a deal where Tyson H. would pay a $345 fine, perform 48 hours of community service, and take 13 weeks of anger management counseling in return for the judge dropping the charges.
    Outcome: CHARGE DISMISSED
  • State of NV v. Erica T.
    Date: July 26, 2012
    Description: Client was charged with the Nevada crime of battery domestic violence as a misdemeanor.
    Outcome: CHARGE DISMISSED
  • State of NV v. Christian P.
    Date: March 26, 2012
    Description: Client was charged with the Nevada crime of battery with a deadly weapon and the Nevada crime of battery with substantial bodily harm. At trial Las Vegas Defense Group made the argument to the jury that Christian P. did not start the fight.
    Outcome: NOT GUILTY VERDICTS
  • State of NV v. John R.
    Date: November 21, 2011
    Description: Client faced a life sentence on charges of conspiring to commit the Nevada crime of kidnapping. Las Vegas Defense Group made the argument to the jury that John R. wasn't sober enough to realize the co-conspirators' intentions.
    Outcome: NOT GUILTY VERDICT

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