Nevada Criminal Process
After an individual is arrested for a crime in Nevada, the criminal process begins. This process can sometimes be long and confusing, and can often end with devastating results. If you have been arrested for a crime, it would be in your best interest to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas who can provide you with the legal representation that you need.
Criminal Defense Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada
Michael Pariente is a former prosecutor and federal public defender who represents individuals who have been charged with crimes in and around Las Vegas. As a dedicated criminal defense lawyer, Pariente will work around the clock to ensure that you case is handled with the focus and dedication that it deserves.
In order to protect your future, and prevent having your life derailed by a criminal conviction, contact Pariente Law Firm, P.C. today at (702) 966-5310. Pariente represents clients in Las Vegas, Paradise, Henderson and the surrounding areas in Clark County.
Overview on the Nevada Criminal Process
- Arrests and Summons in Las Vegas
- Pretrial Hearings
- Plea Bargaining
- Trial and Sentencing
- Helping Clients through the Criminal Process in Nevada
The criminal process in Nevada officially begins when an arrest is made or a citation/summons is handed out. If a law enforcement official has probable cause to believe that you are guilty of a crime, or if an arrest warrant has been issued, you may be placed under arrest. After you are arrested, the police can search you or your vehicle for drugs, weapons, or for anything else that is illegal or associated with your alleged offense.
If you receive a citation or summons, you will be required to appear in court at a given day and time. This option is usually reserved for traffic violations, and other minor criminal offenses. If the alleged offender does not appear in court at the requested time, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.
After you are arrested you are arrested and booked in jail, you will make you first appearance in front of a judge (usually within 48 hours of your arrest). At this time, you will be arraigned. During your arraignment, you will be formally notified of all the charges against you and you will be asked to enter a plea. Individuals can enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or in some cases, “no contest”.
In another preliminary hearing, the prosecution and defense will present evidence to a judge who will decide what evidence will be admissible and inadmissible at trial. For example, if the evidence was illegally obtained, the defense may argue that the prosecution should not be able to present the evidence in court. This could lead to a dismissal of the charges, due to insufficient evidence.
Before the trial starts, and sometimes during trial, the prosecution and defense will get together and attempt to agree on a plea deal. In a plea agreement, the defendant will plead guilty or no contest to the charges against him or her, in exchange for previously agreed upon penalties.
Often times, the terms of a plea agreement are beneficial for both sides. For the defendant, he or she does not have to risk being sentenced to harsher penalties if found guilty at trial, and the prosecution does not have to risk the defendant being found not guilty of the offense.
If the case goes to trial, the defendant will have the option of choosing between a trial by judge and a trial by jury. In a trial by judge, the prosecution and defense will present their arguments and evidence to a judge who will make the final decision on the guilt or innocence of the defendant.
In a trial by jury, a jury will be selected and the prosecution and defense will present their arguments and evidence to the jury. After both sides have presented their cases, the jury will deliberate and attempt to come to a unanimous decision on the guilt or innocence of the alleged offender.
If the jury in unable to come to a unanimous decision, the defendant can be retried for the case with a new jury, and in a new trial. If the jury returns a verdict of not guilty, the defendant will be released from custody immediately. If the jury returns a guilty verdict, the case will proceed to the sentencing phase where a judge will determine your punishment during a sentencing hearing.
If you have been charged with a crime in Las Vegas, Henderson, Paradise, or anywhere in Clark County, it is vital that you contact a qualified defense attorney immediately. Michael Pariente has ten years of experience representing residents and tourist who have been charged with crimes in Nevada.
Contact Michael Pariente of Pariente Law Firm, P.C. today at (702) 966-5310 in order to maintain your freedom and future.
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