Aggressive Defense against Criminal Charges:
- Assault & Battery
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Possession
- Sex Crimes
- Healthcare Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Burglary, Robbery, Larceny, Felony Theft
- White Collar Crimes
- Casino Marker Crimes
- State and Federal Felonies and Misdemeanors
If you are charged with a crime, contact the Law Offices of Lawrence Hill immediately. Whether youre facing drug charges, a DUI offense, or a white collar crime, our legal team will vigorously defend you.
We offer an aggressive approach to criminal defense, at both the state and federal levels, and we work to deliver high-quality representation. We offer:
- Comprehensive investigation of your allegation.
- Interview and/or subpoena witnesses and evidence
- Legal negotiations to dismiss or reduce penalty against you.
- The option to take the case to trial before a judge or a jury.
Whatever the charge, you have rights under the U.S. and State Constitution, and we will make sure you assert every right you deserve.
If you need a Nevada criminal defense team who will thoroughly defend each clients rights and freedoms, then contact the LAW OFFICES OF LAWRENCE HILL.
Our criminal defense team and advisors have dealt with just about every kind of criminal allegation.
When you are represented by us, you can feel certain that you are hiring top-notch, high-quality, experienced criminal defense lawyers who will aggressively defend you and are completely honest with you. Contact us for a free consultation today.
Q: What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
A: Generally, a felony is a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or by death. A misdemeanor is less serious than a felony and is usually punishable by a sentence of less than a year. Also, an individual can lose rights when convicted of a felony, such as the right to vote and the right to own a firearm, rights that would not be jeopardized if convicted of a misdemeanor.
Q: What is the Miranda Warning?
A: A Miranda warning must be given by police to criminal suspects in custody, before they are questioned/ interrogated. A custodial situation is one in which the suspects freedom of movement is restrained (judged by the free to leave test), even if he is not under arrest. An elicited, incriminating statement by a suspect will not constitute admissible evidence unless the suspect was informed of his/her Miranda rights and made a knowing, intelligent, and voluntary waiver of those rights. However, a 2004 Supreme Court ruling upheld states stop-and-identify laws, allowing police to require biographical information such as name, date of birth, and address, without arresting suspects or providing them Miranda warnings.
Q: Should I talk to the police?
A: It is the difficult job of a police officer to try to solve crimes. It is not their job to consider the best interests of a suspect which may or may not be served by speaking with the police. Therefore, in the majority of cases, it is always best to speak to a lawyer before speaking with the police if you are a suspect, believe you have violated the law, or have been arrested.
Q: What is a capital offense?
A: A crime for which the death penalty may be imposed.
Q: What is a federal crime?
A: A criminal offense under a federal statute. Unlike the state system, there is no parole in the federal system. A sentence is determined using the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Q: What is parole?
A: Parole is the supervised release of a person before the expiration of a prison sentence. There are usually conditions attached to parole which vary depending upon the underlying crime and the individual. If the terms and conditions of parole are violated, the person can be returned to prison to serve the remainder of the sentence. There is no parole in federal system.
Q: What is probation?
A: Probation is occurs when a person receives a suspended sentence. The person is permitted to stay in the community, rather than serving time in prison, as long as he or she complies with certain conditions, such as regularly reporting to a probation officer, refraining from alcohol and drugs, and not committing further crimes. If the person violates any of the conditions of probation, he/she can be ordered to serve the suspended sentence.
Q: Does the fact that I am not a United States Citizen matter if I am charged or convicted of a crime?
A: If you are not a citizen, you should contact an immigration lawyer as well as a criminal defense lawyer. If you have been charged with any kind of offense, even a misdemeanor, depending on the type, you could be deported. If not deported, a conviction, or even an arrest, could adversely affect your ability to renew your status or to obtain citizenship. We represent undocumented immigrants and are knowledgeable of Criminal Law and Immigration Law matters where there is a desire to avoid adverse Immigration consequences such as removal proceedings by ICE / DHS.
Q: What is a hate crime?
A: A crime motivated by the victims race, color, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.
Q: What is a white-collar crime?
A: A nonviolent financial crime usually involving cheating or dishonesty in business or commercial matters, such as fraud and tax evasion.
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE TERMS
Arraignment A proceeding during which a judge informs the accused of the criminal charges against him or her, asks the accused whether he or she has an attorney or wants a court-appointed attorney, asks how the accused will plead to the charges, determines whether to modify the initial amount of bail, and sets a schedule for future court dates.
Bail An amount of money that the accused must post so that he or she can get out of jail. If the accused shows up for future court dates, the bail money is returned. If, however, the accused doesnt show up or flees, the court will keep the money and issue an arrest warrant.
Felony Generally, a crime that is punishable by imprisonment of more than one year.
Grand Jury The grand jury decides whether there is sufficient evidence to indict a suspect and continue the criminal proceedings against him or her. The grand jury does not decide guilt or innocence.
Indictment The formal process of charging a person with a crime.
Parole The supervised release of a prisoner from incarceration into the community before the end of his or her sentence.
Plea Bargain A negotiated agreement between a criminal defendant and a prosecutor, that resolves the criminal matter. The prosecutor may agree to reduce a charge, drop one of several charges or recommend a more lenient sentence in exchange for the defendants guilty plea, often to a lesser offense.
Probable Cause Enough information for there to be a reasonable belief that a crime has been committed. Police must have probable cause before arresting a suspect or performing a search. This is also the standard for obtaining a warrant.
Probation A type of criminal punishment that allows a person to stay in the community (instead of going to jail) as long as he or she complies with certain conditions, such as regularly reporting to a probation officer, refraining from alcohol and drugs, and not committing further crimes.
ProsecutorAn attorney who represents the federal, state or local government in a case against a criminal defendant. Also known as, a district attorney, county attorney, city attorney, United States attorney, or state attorney.
Sentence The punishment for a criminal conviction. The severity of the sentence generally depends on the nature of the crime for which a person is convicted. Sentences include: fines, community service, restitution, alcohol or drug rehab, probation, suspended sentence (only will be implemented if the individual fails to adhere to certain conditions) and incarceration.
Warrant An order directing or allowing some action to be taken. Generally, a warrant is a document signed by a judge that allows the police to arrest a suspect; search a home, business or other location or seize property.
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Visitors who are arrested in Nevada
Were you arrested for a criminal charge while visiting Las Vegas? If so, we may be able to handle your entire case without you returning to Las Vegas. If you are charged with a misdemeanor offense, our firm may be able to convince the court to waive your appearance for court dates. For clients who live outside the state of Nevada, we want to help you avoid costly and unnecessary trips to court while we aggressively fight the charges.
Driving Under Influence (DUIs)
If you were arrested for a DUI charge, you are facing serious and severe criminal and civil penalties including jail time, heavy fines, and revocation of your driving privileges. You have many rights, and only skilled attorneys can guide you through the confusing and horrifying criminal process.
After being arrested for a DUI, most people arent sure what to do next. What kind of penalties can be imposed? Should you contest it? What are the chances of winning? And what happens if you dont? These are the types of questions youll get answered during a free consultation session.
Youll learn everything you need to know during an in-office conference. Well give you an analysis of the facts, share our professional opinion, and discuss potential approaches.
Plus, well explain the court system and process:
- DMV Hearings
- Pre-trial Conferences
Well review the criminal charge complaint and determine whether the police acted lawfully and abided by the legal procedures to maximize your rights.
Confidential DUI Defense Meeting
Everything you tell us during the consultation is completely confidential. We urge you to take advantage of a free consultation. Theres absolutely no obligation. Youll never owe any money until you decide to retain our firm.
Let us protect your rights. If you decide to retain the LAW OFFICES OF LAWRENCE HILL as your attorney after your free consultation, we will clearly explain our fees and payment plans. All of our fees are laid out and are easy to understand, so youll never be blindsided by surprise charges. We can custom tailor flexible payment plans to meet almost every budget.
FACTS ABOUT DUIS IN NEVADA.
You may be liable for Criminal and Civil penalties. 1) The State or City, depending on the jurisdiction where you were arrested, will bring criminal charges against you. 2) The DMV will attempt to suspend your driving privileges.
Once you have been arrested under the suspicion of DUI, the arresting officer drafts a declaration of arrest and submits his report to the District Attorneys Office or the City Attorneys Office (Prosecutors). The Prosecutor will review the report and your toxicology report from the forensic laboratory that analyzed your blood alcohol content (BAC). They will then make a determination on whether there is probable cause to move forward with criminal charges. Once the Prosecutors office approves a case, a criminal complaint will be handed down and procedurally your criminal case begins.
Criminal penalties for 1st, 2ndand 3rdDUI offenses:
1st offense: A misdemeanor. Up to 6 months in jail, a fine imposed by the court up to $1000, attendance at DUI school, the Victims Impact Panel, and revocation by the DMV of your drivers license for a period of 90 days.
2nd offense (within 7 years): A misdemeanor. Up to 6 months in jail, a fine imposed by the court up to $1000, attend a program of treatment for the abuse of alcohol or drugs, and revocation by the DMV of your drivers license for a period of one year.
3rd offense (within 7 years): A category B felony punishable by a sentence of imprisonment in the Nevada State Prison for not less than 1 year nor more than 6 years, a fine imposed by the court up to $5000, attendance of a Victims Impact Panel and revocation by the DMV of your drivers license for a period of three years.
In Nevada, there is a BAC limit of .08. If you are at or above this limit, legally you are too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. There are many rules and regulations that must be followed when you submit to a blood or breath sample. If these rules and regulations are not followed, it may be possible to exclude the results of the blood or breath sample taken. However, DUIs donâ€™t only come with drinking alcohol. You can be charged with DUI for having illegal narcotics in your system or, having prescribed medication above the statutory limit in your system that renders you incapable of operating your vehicle safely.
Although there are many defenses in a DUI case, there are three main points of attack.
First is the initial top by the Officer. Legally, did the Officer have a right to stop your vehicle? If the stop is illegal or not justified, your DUI case may be dismissed.
Second is to attack the Field Sobriety Tests (FST) that may or may not have been administered. The Officer who evaluates you (on a very subjective basis) during the FSTs must adhere to strict guidelines. If the Officer deviates from these standards, it may be possible to exclude the tests and the results thereof.
The Third main defense is to evaluate the results of the blood or breath sample taken.
Drivers License Revocation:
For a first offense DUI, the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) will attempt to suspend your driving privileges for a period of 90 days. If you submitted a breath sample and your BAC was at or above .08, your license will be confiscated immediately and you will be given a temporary license (pink sheet) that will be good for seven (7) days.
DO NOT WAIT to hire an attorney, it is in your best interest to contact us immediately so we can request a hearing with the DMV to challenge the revocation of your license and obtain a temporary license for you. For a second offense within a 7-year period, the DMV will suspend your license for a period of 1 year. For a third offense within a 7-year period, the DMV will suspend your license for a period of 3 years.
We will request a hearing with the DMV and challenge the revocation of your license. At these hearings, the DMV will subpoena the arresting officer(s) and an administrative law Judge will preside over the hearing. We will argue your case to protect your license. We will cross-examine the officers to establish if there was reasonable suspicion to stop you.
Casino Credit or Marker Crime
What is a casino marker?
Under NRS 205.130, a casino marker is a negotiable instrument used to draw deposited funds. Think of it as a credit card or a check that you have with a casino. The casino agrees not to cash it as long as you pay it back within a period of time. Under Nevada law, a casino marker is not considered a loan. Even though an individual has to apply for a line of credit in order to get a marker, Nevada law considers the debt to be the same as a check that bounced. A marker is always connected to a bank account or some other collateral so that the casino can draw out funds from that source if the individual does not pay the marker. By not paying the marker back within a certain time limit, Nevada law presumes that the gambler had the intent to defraud the casino.
If the casino marker is not paid what happens?
Usually, casinos will attempt to collect the debt themselves before turning to law enforcement. A casino marker works like a check, an individual will put their bank account number on the line of credit application for the casino marker as an asset.
- The casinos will first try to collect the money from the bank account by cashing the casino marker.
- If the bank account has insufficient funds, then the casino will attempt to contact you about the debt. By Nevada law, the casino must send you a certified letter informing you about the debt and give you 10 days in which to respond.
- If the casino fails to reach you, then they will usually turn to the Clark County Prosecutors Office and make a formal complaint.
- Once the casino requests a criminal complaint, you can no longer pay the casino the debt directly. You must deal with the Prosecutors Office to resolve the matter.
- The Prosecutor will send you another certified letter and give you 10 days to respond and pay the original marker along with additional costs and fees that the state will add on for processing the complaint.
- If you still do not respond, a warrant will be put out for your arrest.
- If you still do not respond after a warrant is put out for your arrest, then eventually you will be arrested and you will have to face jail time and also pay restitution.
It is important that you contact an experienced attorney like the offices of Lawyers 4 Less to handle your case once you have been charged criminally to protect your interests.