Se habla español. Las Vegas immigration and criminal defense attorney Alexander Vail brings to Las Vegas Defense Group invaluable insight from behind enemy lines: During his prior clerkship with the Clark County District Attorney's Office's Appeals Unit, he learned firsthand how the state builds cases against defendants. Now Alexander uses this insider information to craft a proactive defense and stay one step ahead of the D.A.
An Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, Alexander earned magna cum laude honors from the University of Miami School of Law. There he earned placement in Order of the Coif, served as student attorney at removal proceedings in the Immigration Clinic, and was first in his class several times, including in immigration law. Following prestigious externships with the Broward County Public Defender's Office and an Eleventh Court of Appeals judge, Alexander was selected as an attorney advisor for the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, Executive Office for Immigration Review, of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Alexander has extensive experience in all stages of criminal and immigration cases, at both the trial and appellate levels. He is a tireless researcher and writer as well as a skilled negotiator and litigator. Las Vegas Defense Group is proud to have Alexander as part of its team. He brings an insatiable passion for safeguarding the rights and championing the cause of his immigration and criminal defense clients. Alexander is also licensed to practice law in Florida.
Felony drug case dismissed; deportation avoided
In re. A.A. (2018)
The client was charged as an alien deportable for being convicted of an aggravated felony drug offense. Alex argued that the Department of Homeland Security did not meet its burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that the client is deportable under section 237(a)(2)(A)(iii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for two reasons:
- First, that the DHS cannot even prove that the client is an “alien” subject to the provisions of section 237 of the Act because the client automatically acquired United States citizenship pursuant to section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
- Second, that the DHS cannot prove by clear and convincing evidence that Respondent's conviction for possession of controlled substance with intent to sell in violation of NRS 453.337 is a conviction for an aggravated felony as that term is defined in section 101(a)(43)(B) of the Act because NRS 453.337 is an overbroad and indivisible statute that proscribes offenses outside the scope of section 101(a)(43)(B) of the Act.
The immigration judge presiding over the case (arguably, the harshest and most conservative of the four judges here at the Las Vegas Immigration Court) issued a decision dismissing the aggravated felony drug charge and terminating proceedings.
The client no longer faces deportation.
Green card granted
In re. R.G. (2018)
Our client had a visa and wished to adjust status to legal permanent resident. Alex completed his application, and within two and a half months his green card was granted.
In re. J.Z. (2018)
Alex walked our client through the naturalization process, including attending his naturalization interview with him. Our client was recommended for citizenship at the end of the interview and recently took his oath of citizenship.
Felony drug charge dismissed
State v. E.S. (Las Vegas Justice Court, 2017)
Our client was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. Alex negotiated a deal where our client paid a $500 fine and completed a drug evaluation in exchange for the charge being totally dismissed (meaning there is no drug conviction on Client's record).
Green card granted
In re. A.H. (2017)
Alex helped our client adjust status to legal permanent resident and attended her marriage interview.