Nearly 40 million tourists visit Las Vegas each year. They come from all over the world, mostly for conventions, recreation and adult fun. They tend to drink, party, gamble and hook up. It is not surprising, then, that some of these tourists get into trouble during their stay. They return home with a criminal charge hanging over them.
What happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas.
As Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers, we defend out of town visitors against a variety of criminal charges, but most often DUI, solicitation for prostitution, failure to pay casino markers, trespass, assault and battery domestic violence. If you got cited or arrested during your stay here, we would be glad to discuss the situation over the phone and advise you on the best way of getting the problem solved.
Should I Hire a Las Vegas Lawyer or a Local Attorney Back Home?
Generally speaking, only Nevada lawyers are licensed to represent clients as to Nevada criminal cases. So if you are from out of state, you can consult a local lawyer back home for advice. But you will most likely have to look to a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer for representation.
Moreover, it is critical that your attorney is versed in Nevada law and with the Las Vegas courts and legal system. A local Las Vegas attorney with experience litigating criminal cases here is going to be your most effective advocate.
Do I Have to Return to Las Vegas for the Court Proceedings?
This depends on whether the case is a Nevada felony or a misdemeanor. If you get charged with a felony, you will have to return and be present at each court proceeding. If the charge is a misdemeanor, then generally your Las Vegas criminal lawyer can appear in court on your behalf. In this case, you most likely will not have to return unless your case goes to trial.
Most cases involving Las Vegas DUI, trespass, simple battery and solicitation are misdemeanors. More serious crimes such as robbery or narcotics sales are felonies. It should say on your citation or promise to appear what the level of the charge is. If not, contact us and we can advise you.
Can I Get the Charge Dismissed?
It may be possible to get a Las Vegas criminal charge reduced or dismissed, especially if you have no prior record and the circumstances are not that egregious. Our job is to advocate for you -- to investigate the matter, to locate witnesses and evidence favorable to you, and to press your side of the story to the judge and prosecutor. If we do this effectively, it can often mean keeping your record clear.
Call for help
Call our Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) to discuss your case for free. We may be able to handle your case without you ever having to come to court.