Mr. Pariente’s client was facing life in prison due to a brutal kidnapping of two victims at gunpoint, battery with a deadly weapon (pistol whipping), and a slew of 10 other serious and violent felonies. The District Court Judge improperly increased his client’s bail. Mr. Pariente filed a petition for writ of mandamus with the Nevada Supreme Court who agreed with him that the increase in bail was improper and forced the District Court Judge to set bail to the amount before he improperly increased his client’s bail. The case became a published opinion and is now routinely cited by other lawyers who cite Mr.Pariente’s case for the authority that District Court Judges may not increase bail without “good cause.”
Mr. Pariente’s client is a successful businessman who was observed on a casino video walking up to a casino patron’s purse while the patron was playing a slot machine. His client was clearly seen taking the patron’s purse and placing it under his shirt. He was then seen taking the purse to the restroom where he was apprehended by casino security after the patron reported her purse missing to security who were quickly able to locate Mr. Pariente’s client and charged him with felony theft and other related felony offenses. Despite the fact that the entire crime was on video and despite that his client confessed to the crime, Mr. Pariente fought and obtained a negotiation resulting in dismissal of all charges agains this client.
Mr. Pariente’s client was pulled over after the Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper observed him on video committing a traffic violation. His client failed all the field sobriety tests, was arrested, and blood tested where his blood test results showed he was .161 BAC which is more than double the legal limit. Despite the overwhelming evidence, Mr. Pariente was able to pick apart key parts of the prosecutor’s case resulting in the judge finding his client “Not Guilty” of Driving Under the Influence.
Mr. Pariente’s client was in real trouble. The police obtained what they alleged were incriminating statements from his client admitting to the crimes he was charged. The police also had witnesses who claim that his client admitted to them he was going to rob someone with a gun and steal his car. Another witness was offered immunity to testify against his client and testify that he had seen his client rob the person who owned the card with a gun. Despite all this evidence pointing to Mr. Pariente’s client, Mr. Pariente got the case dismissed on a constitutional technicality
his was a case that Mr. Pariente fought for nearly three years. Mr. Pariente’s client is in the U.S. Armed Forces. A guilty plea finding would have resulted in his client being kicked out of the military because if convicted of battery domestic violence, he would have lost his right to possess a firearm. Obviously, carrying a firearm in the military is a necessary part of the job! And there’s no exception that allows a member of the armed forces to stay in the military if that person has a conviction for domestic violence. Mr. Pariente fought the case from the Las Vegas Municipal Court, did a writ of mandamus to the District Court, then filed a writ with the Nevada Supreme Court, and then took his client’s case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Finally, after putting up a long an drawn out fight, Mr. Pariente was able to get the result he wanted with a reduction to misdemeanor Disturbing the Peace. The City Attorney was previously unwilling to reduce the charges, but Mr. Pariente’s persistence paid off, and his client was able to continue to serve in the military.
Mr. Pariente’s client was accused of choking his wife and charged with Felony Strangulation. The police came to his client’s house and took photographs of the bruises around the neck of his client’s wife. The police then obtained a detailed statement from his client’s wife and their teenage children who witnessed the attack. Finally, the police obtained a full verbal and written confession from his client admitting to choking his wife just before they arrested him. Despite all this incriminating evidence, Mr. Pariente obtained a complete dismissal without his client having to plead guilty to anything or having to do any classes or pay any fine. Mr. Pariente convinced the DA to drop all charges against his client.
Again, here’s a case where it looked as if there was no hope. Mr. Pariente’s client was seen by a police officer smoking marijuana while driving. His client was at a stoplight in his car and the police officer in the next lane saw the client smoking a marijuana joint. His client didn’t have a medical marijuana card. The officer immediately pulled over the client and charged him with DUI and possession of marijuana found in the car. Mr. Pariente filed a motion to suppress and attempted to have all the evidence thrown out. The prosecutor ended up offering Mr. Pariente’s client a reduced charge of reckless driving – which is a traffic ticket. Thanks to Mr. Pariente’s hard work, his client was able to avoid what appeared to be a “slam dunk” easy win for the prosecution.
This case was a prosecutor’s dream because it had everything a prosecutor could ask for to win a felony conviction in front of a jury. Prior to retaining Mr. Pariente, his client had made the huge mistake of confessing the crime on audio recording to the insurance adjusters and to the detectives. His client admitted that she had conspired to have her vehicle taken to Mexico where it would be abandoned. Even with all this evidence, Mr. Pariente was able to get the charge reduced to one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct (which was a slap on the wrist.) Disorderly conduct is the equivalent of jaywalking. Because disorderly conduct is not a “crime involving moral turpitude” such as fraud or theft, his client was able to keep her job
A client’s confession, eyewitnesses, pictures, and an accuser who is willing to testify. That’s what Mr. Pariente was facing when his client, a serviceman with 6 years in the U.S. Navy, took a bottle and viciously attacked a patron at a nightclub. (Another man – the co-defendant – who was assisting Mr. Pariente’s client was charged as an accessory and pleaded guilty to a more serious charge than Mr. Pariente’s client, even though Mr. Pariente’s client was the more guilty of the two and committed the actual offense!) Despite the fact that Mr. Pariente’s client and the co-defendant admitted their guilt to the detective what they had done, and despite the fact that eyewitnesses and the accuser all picked Mr. Pariente’s client out of a photo lineup, Mr. Pariente was able to work a sweetheart deal for his client where the felony charge was reduced to three counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and payment of restitution. Thanks to Mr. Pariente, his client was able to stay in the military. Had his client pleaded guilty to the felony, he would have been discharged from the military. Fortunately, he had Mr. Pariente on his side and that made all the difference!
Here’s a case that had it all. Mr. Pariente’s client was charged with forging 29 documents and using them to commit fraud. Mr. Pariente’s client even gave a full taped confession. The prosecutors and the detectives thought they had a 100% chance of a conviction and a solid case. Mr. Pariente rejected the prosecutor’s offer of pleading guilty to one felony count of forgery and dismissing the other 28 counts of counts of forgery. Mr. Pariente fought hard and the prosecutors caved in and dismissed all 29 counts of felony forgery.
Video taped evidence of a crime can be the most compelling and the strongest evidence a DA can have in a criminal prosecution. And that’s what happened here. Mr. Pariente’s client was dealer at a casino. Cameras recorded all the alleged thefts that the casino accused his client of committing. Mr. Pariente’s client even signed a handwritten confession admitting to the thefts from the casino. Mr. Pariente went to work challenging every piece of evidence the DA had against his client. Mr. Pariente was able to obtain a great deal for his client – dismissal of all charges if his client had no new arrests for a six month period. Mr. Pariente’s client enthusiastically accepted the offer and was able to keep his Sheriff’s card which was crucial for him to continue to work for casinos.
Mr. Pariente’s client was charged with “Felony Theft by Check”, accused of owing $700,000 to various casinos. Other lawyers told his client that there was nothing that could be done and that he would have to pay the money demanded by the District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Pariente challenged the District Attorney’s evidence against his client and convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the case with prejudice due to a technicality. The charges were dropped and Mr. Pariente’s client did not have to pay of the $700,000 back.
It appeared there was no hope for Mr. Pariente’s client. His client is a successful medical doctor who was arrested at a nightclub with cocaine in his pocket that security guards found when he was attempting to enter a nightclub. After his client’s arrest, he admitted that the substance was cocaine and it in fact tested positive for cocaine and was subsequently charged for Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance. Undeterred, Mr. Pariente launched an all out attack on the State’s case resulting in a dismissal whereby his client would pay a small fine, complete an online class, and then his case would be dismissed. After his case was dismissed, Mr. Pariente sealed his client’s arrest meaning that it would be as if the arrest never happened and his client was allowed to continue to practice as a medical doctor.
This was a case entirely captured on the Nevada Trooper’s dashboard camera. Mr. Pariente’s client was observed driving and was subsequently pulled over for a traffic violation. The Trooper administered field sobriety tests to Mr. Pariente’s client and claimed that Mr. Pariente’s client failed the tests. On cross-examination, Mr. Pariente, who completed the same field sobriety test course just as the Trooper, was able to convince the judge that the Trooper administered the field sobriety tests incorrectly and therefore the results were compromised meaning the Trooper did not have probable cause to arrest his client. Even though his client blew a .132 and a .136 at the jail, Mr. Pariente convinced the judge that because there was no probable cause for the arrest, the result were inadmissible. The judge agreed and found Mr. Pariente’s client “not guilty.
This was a particularly tough set of facts for Mr. Pariente’s client. She was observed by the police weaving all over the road. When she was pulled over, the police officer observed her three children in the backseat of her car. The police officer according to his police report, indicated that when he told her how dangerous it was to have her kids in the car while driving that she responded, “Huh? My kids are in my car?” Apparently she was so intoxicated she didn’t realize her children were in the same car she’d just been pulled over driving! She had a high level of alcohol and prescription drugs in her car. After years of fighting the case, Mr. Pariente was able to get her case successfully reduced to a reckless driving.
Mr. Pariente’s client was arrested after breaking into a house with a gun, pistol whipping two of the people in the house in front of five eyewitnesses, kidnapping one of the residents at gunpoint and taking her to his vehicle where he allegedly placed the gun in her mouth and played Russian roulette. If convicted, Mr. Pariente’s client would have received a minimum 10 years to life in prison. The evidence against Mr. Pariente’s client was overwhelming, to say the least. But that didn’t stop Mr. Pariente. Mr. Pariente was able to convince the prosecutor and judge to agree to a low bond resulting in his client’s immediate release from custody. After getting his client out of jail, Mr. Pariente waged an all out battle for his client resulting in a great deal for his client – all the charges were reduced to misdemeanor charges with three years of probation and absolutely no jail or prison time.
This was the third time Mr. Pariente’s client was arrested and charged with driving under the influence within the past 7 years. Because his client had 2 prior DUI convictions within the past 7 years, the DA charged his client with Felony DUI. The evidence looked bad – Mr. Pariente’s client was observed throwing a beer bottle out of a window while driving. The police pulled his client over, determined he failed the field sobriety tests, and took a blood test from him which showed he had a .18 blood alcohol level which is well over the maximum of .08 allowed by law. Undaunted by the overwhelming evidence, Mr. Pariente waged an all out attack on the charges and convinced the judge to dismiss all charges against his client
This was a case with horrible injuries and pictures showing a blood covered victim who had been brutally attacked by 4 defendants which included Mr. Pariente’s client. There were independent witnesses who saw the attack and were willing to testify against Mr. Pariente’s client. Mr. Pariente’s client also admitted to the police that he had in fact punched and kicked the victim to the point where the victim nearly died and had to be hospitalized for weeks. All the other co-defendants pleaded guilty in front of a tough District Court judge and were either put on probation or given jail time. Mr. Pariente wasn’t about to plead his client guilty in front of that judge because he knew the judge would give his client jail time because his client had a prior felony gun conviction. Mr. Pariente fought hard and got a great deal for his client – pay a $500 fine, complete an online class, and have only a misdemeanor battery conviction – a charge much less serious than any of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty to. Once again, Mr. Pariente’s hard work paid off for his client.
Here’s another seemingly impossible case where Mr. Pariente was able to make a miracle happen. Mr. Pariente’s client had an altercation with another individual. Mr. Pariente’s client pointed his AK-47 machine gun directly at this individual and threatened to kill him. Mr. Pariente’s client also had a criminal history of violence, and the alleged victim had no criminal history. The alleged victim even showed up to the preliminary hearing ready and willing to testify against Mr. Pariente’s client. Nevertheless, Mr. Pariente fought hard for his client and worked out a great deal where he got his client’s case reduced to misdemeanors, an online class, a small fine, and closed the case out without his client having to spend a single day in jail.
Here was another case where a client of Mr. Pariente’s had been represented by a previous lawyer who told him there was no hope and he had to plead guilty to a felony and hope the judge would give probation. This case involved a frantic 911 call. The police arrived and took pictures of the woman who accused Mr. Pariente’s clients of all sorts of horrendous things. She told police and the prosecutor she wanted to testify against Mr. Pariente’s client. Mr. Pariente’s client also made some statements which were going to be used against him. Mr. Pariente’s client decided to fire his previous lawyer and hire Mr. Pariente which turned out to be the smart thing because Mr. Pariente got all the charges dropped and sealed his clients record so there would be no evidence that his client had ever even been arrested for these very serious crimes.
This was one of those seemingly impossible cases. Mr. Pariente’s client was charged with really serious crimes which carry a sentence of 20 years minimum to life in prison. His client was accused of breaking in his girlfriend’s house, beating her into submission, breaking her jaw, and raping her repeatedly. The woman was rushed to the hospital and told the police and the hospital staff what had happened. The woman accusing him was very willing to cooperate with the police and the prosecutor and she even made it clear that she wanted to testify against Mr. Pariente’s client. This was a very difficult case for Mr. Pariente’s client because the evidence was overwhelming which included graphic pictures of the injuries and hospital witnesses. Even so, Mr. Pariente convinced the prosecutor to drop all charges except for the coercion and then agree to reduce the whole case to a gross misdemeanor with probation! This means that his client would not even have a felony on his record at the end of his probation. Even though his client had similar prior convictions in his past, Mr. Pariente was still able to get the prosecutor to agree to probation. Additionally, since Mr. Pariente’s client was incarcerated, he convinced the prosecutor to allow his client to be released on to probation five months before sentencing.
Mr. Pariente’s client had previously been represented by another lawyer who told him to plead guilty. Mr. Pariente’s client fortunately didn’t listen to his previous lawyer and retained Mr. Pariente instead. Mr. Pariente’s client had been pulled over for DUI after being followed by a citizen driver who called 911 to report that Mr. Pariente’s client had bumped his car in to a parked vehicle and was weaving all over the road. The police pulled Mr. Pariente’s client and arrested him. He had a blood alcohol content of .19 which was more than double the legal limit. Despite all this evidence, Mr. Pariente was still able to get his client’s DUI charge reduced to a reckless driving.
Mr. Pariente’s client is a nurse who had her own home health care business. His client was accused of failing to properly care for an elderly patient living in her home. Despite gruesome photographs of the elderly person’s injuries, those facts didn’t get in the way of Mr. Pariente securing a phenomenal deal on behalf of his client. In fact, his client’s previous attorney told her to plead guilty to the charge. Mr. Pariente saw the facts in a different way. Soon Mr. Pariente was launching an all out war on the State’s case determined to not only save his client from a felony conviction, but also to keep her license as a nurse. His client as a registered nurse would not be allowed to plead guilty even to a misdemeanor charge because that would result in her losing her certification and license as a registered nurse in Nevada. Mr. Pariente made his client’s wishes a reality and obtained an agreement whereby his client would have to attend classes, pay a small fine, and the case would be totally dismissed! This just goes to show you that you should always get a second opinion when a lawyer who tells you to plead guilty even if you are in fact guilty. Remember, it’s not what you did but what the prosecutors prove that matters.
Mr. Pariente’s client was accused of domestic violence. The evidence against his client was overwhelming – a full confession, pictures, and all the witnesses were willing to testify against Mr. Pariente’s client. Despite all this proof against his client, Mr. Pariente fought hard for his client and obtained a dismissal for his client. Mr. Pariente secured a sweetheart deal for his client. All his client had to do was to not get arrested for 3 months and the case would be dismissed! No fine, no classes – just don’t get arrested for the next 3 months! His client complied and all charges against Mr. Pariente’s client were dropped!
Mr. Pariente and Mr. Watkins represented their client who was charged in Henderson, Nevada for Driving Under the Influence and convicted after a trial. Despite the fact that their client was visibly impaired and had a blood alcohol concentration of over .20, they reversed her conviction on appeal before the higher District Court resulting a favorable outcome of a reduced reckless driving charge when the case was remanded to the judge who originally found her guilty of the DUI. After one year after her reckless driving conviction instead of her overturned DUI conviction, she sealed her record and today has a clean criminal record.
This was a case where it seemed as if there was no hope. Mr. Pariente’s client could not plead guilty to a DUI because he would have lost his job. The facts were really bad – his client left a bar driving his car at a high rate of speed, slammed his car in to the back of another car, catching his own car on fire. His client then drove the car while it was on fire until a police officer pulled him over. His client’s blood alcohol level was .22 which was almost 3 times the legal limit. Despite all these charges and all the evidence the DA had against his client, Mr. Pariente was able to get his client’s DUI reduced to a reckless driving.
Mr. Pariente’s client is a stockbroker who was being hounded by the Clark County Bad Check Unit and the casinos. They wanted 100% restitution and 10% on top of the amount owed for the Bad Check Unit fees. Mr. Pariente was able to get his client’s case negotiated to just 25% of the total amount owed – and he got a one year plan for his client to pay the 25% back. At the end of the one year after his client has paid back only 25% of the amount owed, his client’s case will be dismissed.
Mr. Pariente’s client was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel room. Despite the alleged overwhelming evidence including DNA evidence against Mr. Pariente’s client, Mr. Pariente was able to convince the prosecutor to drop all charges without even having to go to court.
Mr. Pariente’s client was arrested as the only driver of a tractor trailer with over 9,000 pounds of marijuana in the cargo and charged with violating federal drug smuggling laws. Mr. Pariente’s client was facing a statutory minimum 10 years to life in prison. Mr. Pariente fought for his client and got the case dismissed.
This was a case that Mr. Pariente fought for nearly three years. Mr. Pariente’s client is in the U.S. Armed Forces. A guilty plea finding would have resulted in his client being kicked out of the military because if convicted of battery domestic violence, he would have lost his right to possess a firearm. Obviously, carrying a firearm in the military is a necessary part of the job! And there’s no exception that allows a member of the armed forces to stay in the military if that person has a conviction for domestic violence. Mr. Pariente fought the case from the Las Vegas Municipal Court, did a writ of mandamus to the District Court, then filed a writ with the Nevada Supreme Court, and then took his client’s case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Finally, after putting up a long an drawn out fight, Mr. Pariente was able to get the result he wanted with a reduction to misdemeanor Disturbing the Peace. The City Attorney was previously unwilling to reduce the charges, but Mr. Pariente’s persistence paid off, and his client was able to continue to serve in the military.
This case looked really bad for Mr. Pariente’s client. His client couldn’t take anything on his record due to his high ranking position in the U.S. Armed Forces. The police had dozens of photographs of his client’s accuser. She gave a chilling statement detailing how his client savagely strangled her and beat her and told the police she wanted to testify against Mr. Pariente’s client. The photographs showed her body covered in head to toe with bruises. The prosecutor described the cases as one of the worst he’d seen and expressed no desire to plea bargain or reduce the charges in any way. That didn’t stop Mr. Pariente. He fought the case and got his client’s charges completely dropped.
This was a case where the entire crime was on a clear video. Mr. Pariente’s client was in a restaurant and clearly seen causing the injury to his wife whose injuries resulted in a cut forehead that required medical attention. There was no disputing what was on the video. But Mr. Pariente refused the prosecutor’s offer of pleading guilty to domestic violence. Mr. Pariente’s client is in the military and could not afford to plead guilty to a crime of violence because it would end his career. He retained Mr. Pariente who ended up getting the entire case dismissed without his client having to do any classes, pay a fine, or community service – nothing. Thanks to Mr. Pariente, his client was able to move on with a clean record and keep his career in the Armed Forces.
Mr. Pariente’s client had a history of exposing himself for 20 years. His client had prior felonies and even did time in the past long before he retained Mr. Pariente. His client picked up these two new charges within only a few months of each other and the evidence was strong because the police caught his client in the acts for which he was prosecuted. The prosecutor wanted a harsh prison sentence. At the time, Mr. Pariente’s client was being represented by another attorney who advised him to plead to several years in prison. Dissatisfied with this advice, Mr. Pariente’s client fired his previous lawyer and wisely retained Mr. Pariente instead. After wearing down the prosecutor with hard-hitting legal motions, the same prosecutor who told his client’s prior lawyer that he would not agree to probation, agreed to probation. Thanks to Mr. Pariente’s hard work, the prosecutor agreed to offer probation on both counts despite the fact that his client had a rap sheet over three pages long for numerous similar priors and various felonies.
Mr. Pariente’s client was arrested and charged with possessing several pills containing hydrocodone and did not have a prescription for these pills. The facts were undisputed and it appeared his client was caught red-handed. The police had apprehended her and found the drugs in her purse and charged her with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance. Mr. Pariente did not let his client’s seemingly hopeless case get in the way of a vigorous defense he raised on her behalf. After taking on the State’s case, he secured an agreement in which his client would have to pay a fine, complete a course online, have no new arrests for six months, and the case would be completely dismissed. That’s right – with what started off as a felony charge with what seemed like no way out, Mr. Pariente was able to negotiate a great deal on his client’s behalf
Mr. Pariente’s client was a tourist who was at a casino and drank a little more than he probably should have. The next thing his client knew was that he was in a fist fight with a security officer at the casino. The security officer claimed that Mr. Pariente’s client had punched him and there were independent witnesses who backed up the security officer’s story who were willing to testify that Mr. Pariente’s client was drunk and punched the security guard. Despite all the evidence the State had against his client, Mr. Pariente wasn’t about to recommend that his client plead guilty and have conviction for assault – a crime of violence – on his record. Mr. Pariente launched a powerful defense of his client and was ready to take on all the evidence the DA’s office had. Mr. Pariente’s efforts paid off – he got a great deal for his client where his client would pay a small fine and the entire case would be dismissed meaning that nothing would every appear on his client’s record!
Please note: every case is different. These positive outcomes mentioned above do not guarantee, warrant or predict the outcome of your case.