First Time Offenders
When an individual is charged with a crime for the first time, it can be a stressful and intimidating feeling. The fear of being convicted of a crime and sent off to jail is usually in the forefront of the thoughts of first time offenders. In order to take control over your situation, it is vital that you consult with an accomplished criminal defense attorney who has years of experience representing first time offenders in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Defense Attorney for First Time Offenders
Michael Pariente of Pariente Law Firm, P.C. is an aggressive criminal defense attorney who represents first time offenders in and around Clark County, Las Vegas, Henderson, Paradise, and Boulder City. Pariente is a former prosecutor who now works exclusively as a defense attorney, providing viable defense options for clients like you.
If you have been charged with a crime for the first time, don’t hesitate to call Pariente Law Firm, P.C.. Michael Pariente is willing to work around the clock to ensure that you are given a fair opportunity to tell your side of the story, and get the best outcome possible. Call him today at (702) 966-5310.
Information for First Time Offenders in Las Vegas
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- Providing Viable Legal Options for First Time Offenders in Las Vegas
In most cases, first time offenses are nonviolent crimes that result in misdemeanor or lower level felony charges. Some of the most common offenses that first time offenders are arrested for in Las Vegas include DUI, possession of a controlled substance, and solicitation of prostitution.
An individual can be charged with a first DUI if he or she is operates a vehicle while his or her mental or physical faculties are impaired due to the consumption of drugs or alcohol. For a first time offense, an individual can face up to six months in jail, be ordered to pay a fine of up to $1,000, serve a driver’s license suspension, forced to enroll in a mandatory DUI course, and other appropriate penalties.
If a first time offender is found to be in possession of an illegal drug, depending on the drug and the amount, he or she can be charged with this offense and sentenced to between one and four years behind bars, and/or ordered to pay a fine of up to $5,000.
If an individual requests another person to participate in any sexual activity, in exchange for money or any other form of compensation, he or she can be charged with solicitation of prostitution. This offense is punishable by up to six months in jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
If an individual is charged with an offense for the first time, his or her defense attorney may be able to use the defendant’s otherwise clean record to show that the offense was a one-time mistake that is unlikely to ever happen again. This could lead to the judge being more lenient and granting probation, community service, Drug Court, Mental Health Court,a pretrial diversion program, dropping the charges, or otherwise helping the defendant avoid time behind bars.
Drug Court, for example, is a program where the offender offers a plea of guilty and must attend outpatient treatment for drug rehabilitation for a year. They typically must submit to drug tests to ensure compliance. If they fail to attend, there are sanctions, including being removed from the program.
If they succeed, however, their case is dismissed. Not only have they avoided time in jail, they have no criminal conviction.
These programs are discretionary for prosecutors and judges. If you decide a rehabilitation program is your best option, your lawyer can seek to negotiate your entry into the program.
Depending on the offense, and the outcome of the case, most first time offenders will have the option of having their criminal record sealed. Sealing your record will make the offense invisible to most public and government agencies. You will legally be able to deny that the offense occurred, and it will be as if it never happened.
If you have been arrested for a crime for the first time, it is essential that you consult with a first time offender defense attorney as soon as possible. Michael Pariente is a highly qualified criminal defense lawyer in Las Vegas who will take a tactical approach to your case, and ensure that you are aware of all of your legal options.
When you hire Michael Pariente, you can be sure that you will be dealing with the firm’s most experienced defense attorney who will fight tooth and nail to protect your freedom. Contact Michael Pariente of Pariente Law Firm, P.C. today at (702) 966-5310.