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Former Officer Acquitted of All charges in Pahrump Sexual Assault Case

Posted by Neil Shouse | Dec 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

The firm of Las Vegas Defense Group recently won a resounding victory in a high-profile sexual assault case involving a former Nye County Sheriff's deputy. Charges for the Nevada crime of sexual assault and the Nevada crime of kidnapping were dismissed before trial, and a jury thereafter fully acquitted the defendant on charges of sexual misconduct with a prisoner and oppression under color of state law. The case stems from 2008 allegations against a former police officer accused of sexually fondling an inmate. The defendant faced up to eight years in prison.

During the two-day trial, Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Michael Becker cross-examined the Nye County Sheriff Office lead detective, whose testimony demonstrated that the state neglected to follow proper protocol when investigating the purported victim's claims. Michael Becker explained to the jury during closing arguments, “Law enforcement also has an obligation to look for evidence that might exonerate people. [The Detective] wholly failed in that obligation.” The jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” after less than an hour of deliberation.

After the defendant was acquitted, Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Michael Becker told the Pahrump Valley Times, “We are grateful, and especially now, [the defendant] can go on about trying to move forward with his life and that's the thing we're most grateful for.” Michael Becker has nearly two decades of criminal defense experience as well as dozens of successful trials under his belt. Also assisting at trial was Las Vegas Defense Group associate attorney Daniel Young.

To read about another LVDG victory, see our article, Las Vegas Defense Group Attorney Victorious in Gross Vehicular Manslaughter Trial in Victorville.

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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