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Criminal Law FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Law in Las Vegas

What’s the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

 Any crime that can subject you up to, but less than, one year in prison is a misdemeanor. A felony is any crime that carries with it the penalty of more than a year in prison.

What’s a plea bargain?

A plea bargain, as the term would imply, is simply a negotiated deal between the prosecutor and you to resolve criminal charges by allowing you to plead guilty to a particular charge with certain conditions. Most of the time, this involves the prosecutor dropping the most serious charges against you and allowing you to plead to a lesser offense with reduced penalties.

Is prostitution legal in Las Vegas?

No. Many people, mostly men, come to Las Vegas believing that prostitution is legal and are shocked when they’re arrested for “solicitation.” You should know that prostitution is illegal in the state of Nevada except in counties with populations of less than 700,000 persons. What this means in practical terms is that if you’re soliciting a prostitute on The Strip (which is in Nevada’s largest county, Clark County) or anywhere else in Las Vegas you’re breaking the law and can be arrested for solicitation. However, don’t worry, if you’re arrested for solicitation and it’s a first-time offense, you’ll only be charged with a misdemeanor with little or no jail time. The embarrassment that accompanies such a charge is another matter and can lead to serious consequences in your personal and business life. For this reason, it’s important to have an attorney that understands and appreciates the sensitive nature of such a situation and can try to convince prosecutors to drop charges. At The Vegas Lawyers we’ve handled many cases of this kind with great success.

Can I be charged with a DUI if I’m in my car but asleep at the wheel?

It depends. The issue in a situation like this is whether you’re in actual physical control of the car. Nevada law provides that a person cannot be deemed to be in actual physical control of a vehicle if they’re asleep, not in the driver’s seat, the engine isn’t running and the vehicle is lawfully parked. However, let’s assume you’re behind the wheel, asleep, the engine is running but the car is parked. Under these circumstances you could be charged with a DUI because you were in a position of actual physical control even though you were asleep. It might sound crazy but people have been charged with DUIs under these circumstances.

Do you handle drug cases?

Yes, all the time. Drug charges in Las Vegas are quite common. Both local and federal authorities prosecute drug crimes with regular frequency. If you’re being charged with a drug crime, you need the best lawyer in your corner. Drug possession, especially distribution of drugs, is a serious matter and can land you in major trouble. This is not an area in which you want to gamble on your choice of lawyer. Get the best by calling us today at (702) 707-7000.

Do you handle federal cases?

Yes. We have former federal prosecutors on our team who understand the federal process and what it takes to win. Criminal charges in federal court are generally much more serious and carry with them stiffer penalties. Also, there is less room for negotiating a reduction in charges. For this reason, if you’re being charged with a crime in federal court, it’s extremely important to have a lawyer in your corner that understands the process, federal law and how the United States Attorney’s Office works. At The Vegas Lawyers, criminal defense is all that we do. Give yourself a five-star defense and call us today at (702) 707-7000.

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What Makes The Vegas Lawyers Different?

There are many good criminal defense lawyers in Las Vegas practicing criminal defense.  If you’re facing state or federal charges, you have many options when it comes to which lawyer your hire.  However, lawyers are often like shoes.  The one that fits you best will depend upon a number of factors that have little to do with the law.

Does your personality jibe with your lawyer?  Do you “feel” that the lawyer has your best interest at heart.  Does your lawyer demonstrate “compassion” for your situation?  Does your lawyer understand the circumstances of your situation?  These are all important points to consider when evaluating lawyers.

At The Vegas Lawyers, what sets us apart is our unique team.  When we sign up a client, that person is represented by an entire team.  We routinely discuss our clients’ cases at meetings and collaborate on how to put forward the best defenses.  We come up with strategies on how to make the most persuasive defense.

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