The Clark County District Attorney (CCDA) prosecutes crimes throughout Clark County, Nevada. As the government's legal team, the CCDA strives either to:
- Win convictions against the defendants; and/or
- Place eligible defendants in court-approved rehab programs
Most criminal cases settle without a trial. CCDA's prosecutors -- called deputy district attorneys -- often agree to reduce or dismiss the charges.
Below our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys explain what the CCDA is and how it works:
- 1. What crimes does the CCDA have jurisdiction over?
- 2. Can a defendant contact the DA assigned to his case?
- 3. Where is the DA's office located?
- 4. Who is the elected DA?
- 5. How can I convince the DA to drop or reduce a charge?
The CCDA has jurisdiction over:
- All felony and gross misdemeanor cases anywhere in Clark County; and
- All misdemeanor cases only in unincorporated Clark County
Therefore, the CCDA has no jurisdiction over misdemeanor cases in incorporated areas. Local city attorneys -- which are separate from the CCDA -- prosecute these misdemeanor charges:
Incorporated city in Clark County
The prosecuting body that brings misdemeanors charges
North Las Vegas
And whereas the CCDA files charges in the local justice court, city attorneys file charges in the local municipal court:
Example: James is at Fremont Street downtown. There he solicits a prostitute, which is a misdemeanor. He also buys a gram of cocaine, which is a felony. A policeman witnesses this and arrests James.
Downtown Fremont Street is located in incorporated Las Vegas. Consequently, the Las Vegas City Attorney would prosecute the misdemeanor offense in Las Vegas Municipal Court. But the CCDA would prosecute the felony offense in Las Vegas Justice Court.
Therefore, one defendant can face prosecution in different courts for different charges arising out of the same incident.
Yes, but it is not recommended. Prosecutors do not have defendants' best interests in mind. And they can use anything defendants say against them.
Anyone facing criminal charges is advised to hire an attorney. Criminal defense lawyers know how to negotiate with prosecutors. And they are skilled in working out charge reductions or dismissals.
The Clark County District Attorney's office in the Regional Justice Center. This is in downtown Las Vegas:
200 Lewis Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101
The D.A.'s criminal division also has offices located across from the courthouse at:
301 East Clark Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101
The current Clark County District Attorney is Steven B. Wolfson, Esq. He oversees a staff of 170 county attorneys. And his office handles about 100,000 cases a year.
Steve Wolfson began his career in the Clark County D.A.'s office as a deputy district attorney. He then served as a federal prosecutor. Afterward, he practiced criminal defense in the private sector for 25 years.
Steve Wolfson was originally elected to be the D.A. in 2012. His current term expires in 2019.
Prosecutors have the burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, the best way to persuade the D.A. to reduce or drop a charge is to raise a reasonable doubt.
Criminal defense attorneys are experienced in thoroughly investigating cases. They search for every scrap of evidence favorable to the defendant. And they highlight how the state's evidence is too weak, inadequate, or unreliable to sustain a conviction.
Prosecutors are often willing to settle a case. That way, they get to avoid going to trial. But a good criminal defense attorney is often necessary to get the best plea bargain. Prosecutors are more willing to negotiate with defendants who are represented.
Call a Nevada criminal defense attorney...
Arrested in Nevada? Contact our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys for a FREE consultation. Call at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673). Or fill out the query form on this page.
The CCDA's office knows and respects us. And we have a long track record of getting charges reduced or dismissed.
We serve clients throughout Clark County, including Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, Laughlin, Searchlight, Moapa, Moapa Valley Bunkerville, and Goodsprings.
Are you a crime victim or witness? Go to the CCDA's Victim-Witness Assistance Center.