Recent "Legal Victories" in Nevada Criminal Cases
Litigated by Las Vegas Defense Group, L.L.C.

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Battery Domestic Violence Trial: Bench Verdict of "Not Guilty"

State v. D.B. (Pahrump Justice Court, 2016)

Our client was charged with misdemeanor battery domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend. At trial, Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Amber Fuhriman pointed to the evidence to argue that the ex-girlfriend was in fact the initial aggressor. The judge agreed there was insufficient evidence to prove that our client was guilty and acquitted our client.

Bad Check charge dismissed

State v. E.L. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2016)

An arrest warrant was issued for our client after he mistakenly cashed the same check twice (once at a casino). Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Adam Solinger persuaded the judge to grant him an "OR walk-through," which allowed our client to get fingerprinted and photographed without having to be jailed like during a typical arrest. Then Adam negotiated a deal where the entire case was dismissed upon our client paying restitution to the casino.

Murder Trial: Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty"

People v. H.S. (Los Angeles Superior Court, 2016)

Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Michael Becker traveled to Los Angeles to defend a California client accused of murder. Michael Becker argued to the jury that our client's accomplice...who had been granted immunity...was not credible and that he likely committed the homicide. The jury came back in only 37 minutes to find our client "not guilty" of murder. 

Multiple Animal Cruelty charges dismissed

State v. R.S. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2016)

Our client was facing a dozen animal cruelty-related charges. Our Las Vegas Defense Group attorneys negotiated a deal where our client paid only $450 in exchange for all charges being dismissed without a conviction.

Drug Possession and Paraphernalia charges dismissed

State v. K.M. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2016)

Our client was facing a misdemeanor drug possession charge and a misdemeanor paraphernalia possession charge. Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Daniel Page negotiated a deal where both charges were dismissed with no conviction after our client completed short-term "Lower Level Drug Counseling."

Battery Domestic Violence charge to be dismissed

State v. P.D. (Reno Justice Court, 2016)

Our client was charged with battery domestic violence against his wife. Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Adam Solinger negotiated a deal where the entire charge will be dismissed with no conviction as long as our client completes "Veteran's Court," a one-year rehabilitation program.

DUI charge dismissed

State v. I.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2016)

Our client was charged with driving under the influence. Upon review of the file, Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Amber Fuhriman found that the warrant was not valid: The officers had obtained a warrant for our client's brother, not our client, but then drew our client's blood. Amber Fuhriman filed a motion to suppress the blood evidence, which the court granted. The D.A. then dismissed the DUI charges completely with no conviction and no penalties.

Early Termination of Probation granted on Statutory Rape charge

State v. J.R. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2016)

Our client, who is a lawful permanent resident, had been serving probation for a past criminal case. Suddenly ICE arrested him and attempted to deport him because his case involved allegations of statutory rape, which is a deportable offense. Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Amber Fuhriman asked the criminal court judge to end his probation right away (a year-and-a-half early), which the judge agreed to over State's objection. This early termination of probation allowed our client to have his plea reduced to the non-deportable offense of "conspiracy to commit a crime" (in accordance with the terms of his earlier plea deal). Therefore, our client was able to avoid removal altogether, stay out of custody, remain a lawful U.S. resident, and maintain eligibility to become a U.S. citizen in only two years.

Shoplifting charge dismissed

State v. N.A. (Las Vegas Municipal Court, 2016)

Our non-citizen client was accused of petty larceny, which threatened his resident status. Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Amber Fuhriman persuaded the prosecutor to dismiss the charge once our client paid a small fine, attended a class, and avoided further run-ins with the law for 6 months. Our client was able to remain in the U.S.

Obstruction and Disorderly Conduct charges dismissed

State v. M.Y. (Las Vegas Municipal Court, 2016)

Following an alleged argument with a cop on Fremont Street, our client was charged with misdemeanor obstruction and disorderly conduct. Both charges were completely dismissed after our client paid a small fine, took an impulse-control class, and avoided arrest for a year.

Assault charge dismissed

State v. J.M. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2016)

Our client was charged with assault after allegedly fighting with casino security. Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Amber Fuhriman negotiated a full dismissal of the charge in exchange for our client paying a fine.

Obstruction and Disturbing the Peace charges dismissed

Las Vegas v. K.M. (Las Vegas Municipal Court, 2016)

Our client was charged with two misdemeanors--obstruction of a peace officer and disturbing the peace--after an altercation in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Amber Fuhriman negotiated a deal where the court dismissed both charges after our client paid a small fine and avoided arrest for 6 months.

Cocaine possession charge dismissed

Nevada v. S.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2016)

Our client was charged with felony cocaine possession. Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Daniel Page worked out a deal where the case was dismissed with no conviction once our client paid a fine of $1,003.

Engaging in Business without a License charge dismissed

Nevada v. G.G. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2016)

Our client, a contractor, was charged with engaging in business without a license for allegedly not using union workers. Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Adam Solinger persuaded the D.A. to drop the charge in exchange for our client paying a small fine and abiding by a judicial order to avoid arrest for 6 months.

Breach of Peace charge dismissed

Las Vegas v. D.L. (Las Vegas Municipal Court, 2016)

Our client was roped into an altercation on Fremont Street and charged with breach of peace. Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Amber Fuhriman negotiated a case dismissal in exchange for our client successfully avoiding another arrest and staying away from Fremont Street for one year.

Appeal for Sexual Assault with a Child under 14: Convictions reversed & New Trial ordered

State v. D.B (Nevada Supreme Court, 2015)

Our client was convicted in Clark County District Court of two counts of sexual assault with a child under 14. We appealed, arguing that the judge committed a "structural error" by failing to swear in the jury pool prior to jury selection. The Nevada Supreme Court agreed with us and reversed our client's rape convictions.

Battery Domestic Violence Trial: Bench Verdict of "Not Guilty"

State v. R.S. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2015)

Our client was accused of battering his female roommate. Our firm used creative trial strategies (such as reserving his opening argument until mid-trial) to maximize the impact of his argument. And during cross-examination, we impeached the credibilities of both the "victim" and the police officer regarding missing evidence and inconsistencies between the alleged abuse and injuries. In the end, the judge returned an acquittal.

Solicitation of Prostitution charge dismissed

State v. S.N. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2015)

Two undercover agents approached Client in a casino and charged her with solicitation of prostitution. Las Vegas Defense Group persuaded the D.A. to dismiss all charges in exchange for Client paying a small fine and taking an online AIDS awareness class.

Solicitation of Prostitution charge dismissed

State v. C.M. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2015)

Client was allegedly intoxicated in a casino when an woman approached him offering him a good time for a price. When Client allegedly headed to the ATM machine, he was handcuffed. Las Vegas Defense Group got the entire case dismissed in return for Client paying a small fine, completing a few hours of counseling, and taking an online AIDS awareness class.

Child Rape Trial: Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty" on all five counts

State v. J.A. (Fifth Judicial District Court, 2014)

Our client was charged in Pahrump, Nevada, with five counts of sexual assault by two separate minor accusers where our client faced 175 years to life in prison. During trial, Las Vegas Defense Group attorneys Michael Becker and Daniel Page called into question the purported victims' credibility by pointing out that they did not make their accusations until years after the alleged incident occurred. They also called our client's wife to the stand to testify as to the goodness of his character. And they cross-examined a sheriff's deputy, who conceded that one of the victims recanted her story. The jury did not deliberate long before returning an acquittal on all charges.

Temporary Protection Order Violation Hearing: Client found not in Violation

State v. A.M. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2014)

The alleged victim in this case accused our client of sexual assault and took out a temporary protection order (TPO) against him. Our firm undermined the victim's credibility by pointing out that she did not report the alleged rape until several months after the alleged incident, that she met with our client several times in the interim, and that she never screamed or protested.

Temporary Protection Order Violation Hearing: Client found not in Violation

State v. R.M. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2014)

Our client was accused of violating a temporary protection order (TPO) that the alleged victims had against the activist group Anonymous. Our firm showed that there was no way to prove that client was part of Anonymous.

Battery Trial: Charge dismissed

State v. R.S. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2014)

Our client was accused of beating up a masseuse in a hotel room. Our firm destroyed the masseuse's credibility during cross-examination: He established that she lied about her finances and that she did not have a license to be a massage therapist. The judge dismissed the charges.

Felony Battery Domestic Violence charge dismissed after preliminary hearing

State v. R.K. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2014)

Client was charged with two counts of felony battery domestic violence and one count of battery domestic violence with strangulation for allegedly having "rough sex" with the victim. At preliminary hearing, Las Vegas Defense Group convinced the judge to drop one of the counts of felony battery domestic violence, greatly reducing his potential sentence.

Urinating in public charge dismissed

State v. J.G. and C.S. (Las Vegas Municipal Court, 2014)

Clients were cited after relieving themselves in a parking lot. Urinating in public carries up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $1,000, but Las Vegas Defense Group persuaded the city attorney to dismiss the charges altogether once our clients paid a small fine. And because the charge was dismissed, they are eligible to seal their records right away.

Las Vegas Lewdness with a Child Trial:  Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty"

State v. L.G. (Clark County District Court, 2013)

Our client was tried for the Nevada crime of sexual assault and the Nevada crime of lewdness with a minor under fourteen, which both carry life sentences. Our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer Michael Becker convinced the jury that the police failed to conduct an adequate investigation such as doing DNA testing. Additionally, Michael Becker pointed out numerous inconsistencies in state witness testimony. The jury unanimously found our client "not guilty" on the lewdness count. As for the rape allegation, eleven of the twelve jurors found our client "not guilty," so the judge declared a mistrial on the sexual assault count.

The D.A. planned to retry the rape charge. Instead of putting our client through another trial, our Las Vegas defense team argued that double jeopardy prohibited the D.A. from retrying the case. Las Vegas Defense Group, L.L.C.,  also cited the U.S. Supreme Court case Ashe v. Swenson to support our position that collateral estoppel prevented prosecutors from retrying the case. The Clark County District Court denied our motion, so our firm wrote and filed an appellate writ. Then in a published opinion, the Nevada Supreme Court remanded the matter back to the District Court. The District Court thereafter granted our motion, and the case was dismissed in full. Very few attorneys have successfully won dismissals under Ashe v. Swenson.

Las Vegas Sexual Assault TrialHung Jury, followed by charge reduction

State v. A.N. (Clark County District Court, 2013)

Our client is Russian and was in Las Vegas for a convention. His female translator accused him of raping her in his hotel room, and there was physical evidence supporting her claims. He was charged with the Nevada crime of sexual assault and a variety of additional felony sex counts, and the D.A. offered a plea bargain which would have required several years in prison. At trial our Las Vegas defense team argued that his accuser was looking to stay in the United States and alter her immigration status by obtaining a U visa as a victim of crime.  The Jury came back hung 11-1 in favor of not guilty, and Las Vegas Defense Group, L.L.C., ultimately resolved the case for credit time served on a minor gross misdemeanor. Instead of spending his life in prison in a country where he did not speak the language, our client got to go home to his family.

Las Vegas Sexual Assault Trial:  Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty"

State v. A.H. (Clark County District Court, 2013)

Our client was accused of sexually assaulting a minor at a party.  Our Las Vegas defense team used evidence from Facebook postings to show that any sexual relations were consensual. The jury returned a not guilty verdict.

Felony Firearm Possession charge reduced to Misdemeanor Paraphernalia Possession

State v. S.C. and R.M. (Beatty Justice Court, 2013)

Clients were charged with a felony (prohibited person in possession of a firearm) as well as two misdemeanors (marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession). Las Vegas Defense Group persuaded the D.A. to drop the felony and marijuana charges. Clients just had to pay a small fine.

DUI 1st reduced to Reckless Driving

State v. M.J. (Las Vegas Justice Court 2013)

Client was charged with a first time DUI. Las Vegas Defense Group managed to delay the case until the prosecutor agreed to reduce the charge to a reckless driving. Unlike DUIs, reckless driving penalties do not increase with each successive conviction.

DUI 1st reduced to Reckless Driving

State v. A.O. (Las Vegas Justice Court 2013)

Client had a high blood alcohol content and was originally charged with first-time DUI. Las Vegas Defense Group successfully drew out the case and ultimately negotiated a charge reduction down to a reckless driving, which may be sealed from his record after only two years (DUIs stay on records for at least seven years).

Battery Domestic Violence trial: Case dismissed before trial

State v. S.H. (Sparks Municipal Court, 2013)

The client was charged with the Nevada crime of battery domestic violence for allegedly causing a firearm to be discharged during an argument with his wife. Las Vegas Defense Group convinced prosecutors that the victim's statements were inconsistent. The court dismissed the charge.

Las Vegas Battery Trial:  Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty"

State v. C.P. (Clark County District Court, 2012)

Our Las Vegas defense lawyers represented our client who was charged with the Nevada crime of battery with a deadly weapon and the Nevada crime of battery with substantial bodily harm.  Prosecutors accused him of starting a fight with a hotel security guard, who we argued was the aggressor in the altercation.  Shortly after closing arguments the jury returned "not guilty" verdicts on both felony counts.

Attempted Murder charge dismissed

State v. J.C. (Clark County District Court, 2012)

The client was charged with the Nevada crime of attempted murder and other felonies. The court dismissed the charges after the prosecution presented prejudicial evidence to the grand jury.

Prostitution charge dismissed

State v. J.M. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2012)

The client was charged with the Nevada crime of soliciting prostitution. The court dismissed the charge after the client completed an AIDS Awareness class.

Prostitution charge dismissed

State v. A.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2012)

The client was arrested for the Nevada crime of soliciting prostitution for propositioning an undercover cop. The judge dismissed the charge once the client completed an AIDS Awareness class and paid a $250 fine.

Las Vegas Kidnapping Trial:  Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty"

State v. J.R. (Clark County District Court, 2011)

Our Las Vegas defense lawyers defended our client at trial on charges of allegedly conspiring with two other people to kidnap a senior citizen.  Our firm succeeded in demonstrating to the jury that our client was too intoxicated to understand his co-conspirators' intentions.  Therefore our client was found "not guilty" of the
Nevada crime of kidnapping which would've brought a possible life sentence.

Pahrump Sexual Misconduct Trial:  Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty"

State v. D.T. (Nye County District Court, 2011)

Our client was serving as a Nye County Sheriff's Deputy when he was accused of sexual misconduct with a female prisoner.  At his trial our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers showed the jury that the police failed to follow proper investigative procedures, such as medically examining the alleged victim.  Our lawyers also presented evidence that the alleged victim may have falsely accused our client in attempt to get a shorter jail sentence for herself.  The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning a "not guilty" verdict on both felony counts, which otherwise could have carried up to eight years in prison.

DUI reduced to reckless driving

State v. F.X. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Client's charge for the Nevada crime of DUI was reduced to Nevada crime of reckless driving once the client paid a fine and attended Nevada DUI School and a victim impact panel.

Petit Larceny charge dismissed

State v. J.P. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Our client was charged with the Nevada crime of petit larceny. The judge agreed to dismiss the charges completely after she paid a $250 fine.

Grand larceny reduced to petit larceny

State v. M.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Client was arrested for the Nevada crime of grand larceny after stealing groceries from a supermarket.  The court reduced the charge to petit larceny after the client attended petty larceny school and performed community service.

Petit Larceny charge dismissed

State v. B.S. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Client was accused of the Nevada crime of petit larceny. The charge was dropped after he paid a $500 fine and completed a petit larceny class.

Battery reduced to disorderly conduct

State v. J.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Client was arrested for battery for bumping into a cop.  The charge was reduced to the Nevada crime of disorderly conduct, and the client received credit for time served.

Grand larceny reduced to petit larceny

State v. A.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Client was charged with the Nevada crime of grand larceny after taking appliances from his rented home to reimburse himself for the security deposit that his landlord refused to return.  The charge was reduced to petit larceny once the client paid restitution in Nevada and performed thirty hours of community service.

Prostitution charge dismissed

State v. W.Y. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Our client was booked for the solicitation of prostitution.  Client then submitted to a charge of the Nevada crime of trespass, which was dismissed once he paid $250 to the court.

Trespass charge dismissed

State v. V.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Our client was arrested for the Nevada crime of trespass after questioning Wynn security's request that he leave the premises.  The case was dismissed after client paid $250.

DUI reduced to reckless driving

State v. A.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Client was arrested for the Nevada crime of DUI with a blood alcohol level at .125.  Through negotiation, the prosecution agreed to reduce the charge to the Nevada crime of reckless driving once the client attended Nevada DUI School and a victim impact panel, paid a fine, and performed community service.

Prostitution reduced to trespass

State v. T.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Client was arrested for Nevada crime of soliciting prostitution.  The court reduced the charge to the Nevada crime of trespass after client took an AIDS awareness class and paid a fine.

Possession of drug paraphernalia dismissed

State v. D.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Client was arrested for the Nevada crime of drug paraphernalia possession.  The case was dismissed after the client took a lower level drug counseling class and paid a fine.

Vehicular manslaughter reduced to reckless driving

State v. G.A. (North Las Vegas Municipal Court, 2011)

Client was involved in a car accident with a motorcyclist who died.  The initial charge of the Nevada crime of vehicular manslaughter was reduced down to the Nevada crime of reckless driving when the client paid a fine, performed community service, and completed Level II Traffic School.

Burglary and Home Invasion charges dismissed

State v. A.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2011)

Client had an altercation with his girlfriend which resulted in him being arrested for the Nevada crime of burglary, the Nevada crime of home invasion, and the Nevada crime of battery domestic violence.  As part of a plea bargain, client pleaded to domestic violence and the burglary and home invasion charges were dismissed.  The client needed to pay a fine, attend domestic violence counseling, and do community service.

Battery Domestic Violence trial:  Case dismissed before trial

State v. A.A. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2010)

Client was charged with the Nevada crime of battery domestic violence.  Our Nevada criminal defense lawyers refused to settle and took the case to trial, where the deputy district attorney conceded there was insufficient evidence to move forward.  The case was dismissed before trial.

Casino Marker charges dismissed

State v. S.Y. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2009)

Client had $50,000 in unpaid casino markers.  Our Nevada criminal defense attorneys negotiated a settlement where the client repaid only eighty percent.  Client's charges for the Nevada crime of casino markers were then dismissed.

 

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