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Criminal Defense Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Who We Are

A criminal offense or charge is scary for anyone. You’re up against a lot, and you need the help of a highly qualified lawyer. The attorneys at The Defenders, led by Attorney K. Ryan Helmick, recipient of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, “10 Best Award in Client Satisfaction” by The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, and honored by Avvo with the Clients Choice Award, help clients in tough situations every day. The best advice is for you to get proper guidance by talking to The Defenders. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out the Contact Us form or call our criminal defense attorneys at 702.333.3333. You don’t have to go through this alone! Serving all of Las Vegas, Nevada and surrounding areas including Henderson and North Las Vegas (Clark County). Las Vegas Attorney | Henderson Attorney | Clark County Attorney

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Why Should You Hire Our Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorneys?

A common U.S. citizen has little or no information and knowledge about how law enforcement or legal systems work. Hiring a lawyer who understands and has the knowledge of law and how court systems function is very essential if you have been charged with a crime. A criminal defense lawyer will apply their legal skills and years of courtroom experience to the specifics of your case. Every case is different and requires a different approach. Navigating the criminal justice system without a lawyer is not a good idea and can be very confusing, frustrating and risky.

An experienced criminal defense attorney is connected to others within the legal system, so your case won’t be the attorney’s first experience to court. Our defense attorneys know the procedures, the courtroom personnel, the judges, the jury selection process and the loopholes. When you don’t have an attorney representing you, there are a number of things that could go wrong. Our attorneys

  • Will aggressively put in all efforts to get the penalties lowered.
  • Can help you achieve fair settlements or plea deals.
  • Can protect you from the prosecution.
  • Can examine the evidence better than you.
  • Will fight for your rights to help keep your criminal history clean.

We Protect Those That Protect and Serve Too.


The Defenders Criminal Defense Attorneys in downtown Las Vegas is privileged to announce its newest partnership with the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers (NAPSO). The Defenders is proud to be protecting those who protect and serve the State of Nevada.

Your Defense Lawyers

If you’re in criminal trouble in Nevada, welcome to the law firm that can help. The Defenders is a criminal defense law firm whose lawyers defend clients arrested or charged with DUIs, felonies, misdemeanors, domestic violencesex crimes, murder, drug possessionwhite collar crimes and more than a dozen other criminal case categories. Here’s what you need to know. First, time is critical. You need help now, before the trouble gets any deeper. Second, the choice of a law firm you make now can affect the outcome of your case and make a lifetime of difference. You need to work with a Nevada-based law firm, one whose lawyers know the ins and outs of the local court system and laws. The Defenders is that law firm, one with proven results for clients.

A serious offense demands a serious defense. No matter the criminal case, our lawyers can help by listening to the facts, uncovering new information and positioning you with the best defense possible. The Defenders’ lawyers defend clients every day on these types of cases:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI, DWI): After an arrest and a blood alcohol reading over the legal limit of .08, your case is far from over. We will investigate all aspects of your case and prove any deficiencies in the charges to avoid conviction and driver’s license suspension wherever possible.
  • Domestic Violence: This crime is a violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. It is important to remember that domestic violence charges cannot be dropped once they are made against the “accused” because it is technically the state of Nevada or City of Las Vegas that is bringing the charges against the defendant. If you have been charged with a Domestic Violence crime, it is important to contact The Defenders so you do not have to face the harsh penalties that come with it.
  • Sexual Assault Cases: Being accused of a sex crime, whether or not one was committed, can not only destroy your life but it can wreak havoc on your personal and professional reputation. You need an experienced and dependable attorney who will work hard for you. In Nevada, any and all sex crimes are treated as serious offenses that hold harsh penalties that can haunt you for life.
  • Assault and Battery: In Nevada, an assault and battery charge can occur even if there was no physical injury, the only thing that needs to take place is some sort of crime, either physical or non-physical, with or without weapon, that occurs against another person in Nevada. The charges that come along with assault and battery can range from a misdemeanor to a serious felony. We will investigate your case in order to bring the best defense possible.
  • Theft Crimes: Whether you are faced with robbery, burglary, shoplifting, or even petite or grand larceny, The Defenders can assist you with your case so you do not have to face the consequences that can follow a theft crime.

How we can help

If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, you’re likely frightened, confused and don’t know where to turn. Who will help fight the charges against you? Who will stand by your side throughout the investigation and the trial? Who has your best interests at heart? The Defenders are seasoned criminal defense attorneys who understand that each alleged crime has a unique set of circumstances surrounding it, and we are committed to thoroughly investigating each and every facet of the case to build the best defense possible. We believe every person has the right to an aggressive defense to help protect their freedoms, liberties and keep their record clear. Whether you’ve been charged with drug crimes, DUI’s, assault, a misdemeanor or a felony, The Defenders will work hard to vigorously defend you throughout every stage of your case.

What The Defenders Can Do For You:

  • Investigate your case to determine all facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged crime
  • Determine whether there was police error or misconduct, or you are being falsely accused
  • Go over the strengths and weaknesses of your case with you to give you an idea of how your case will stand up in court
  • Inform you of all the legal options available to you
  • Offer guidance, support and sound legal advice

Prosecutors have a vast amount of resources available to them to find the necessary evidence to convict you. The Defenders are well versed in the prosecution’s tactics and can help you counter them aggressively. We have a number of creative options available to us that can convince the court to dismiss or reduce the charges against you, and we will use every resource we have to vigorously fight for your rights.

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE INFORMATION

What are the different roles of law enforcement?

In the United States, it is important to understand there are different law enforcement agencies possessing different powers and jurisdictions. Mainly, there are three types of law enforcement agencies in the U.S.: local, state, and federal. 

  • City Police Department and County Sheriff’s Office are a part of the local law enforcement agencies. Their main functions are law and order maintenance. These include Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept., Las Vegas City Marshals Office, Clark County Park Police Department, etc.
  • Most states operate statewide government agencies that provide law enforcement duties, including investigations and state patrols. In the State of Nevada, we have the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Nevada Capitol Police, Nevada Highway Patrol, Investigation Division, Nevada Probation Parole, etc.
  • The Federal agencies have nationwide jurisdiction for enforcement of federal law. For example, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, United States Secret Service and others.

What exactly does it mean when an officer says, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law....”

In the United States, there are laws which protect people who are arrested for crimes. If the individual indicates in any manner, at any time prior to or during questioning, that he or she wishes to remain silent, the interrogation must stop. If the individual states that he or she wants a lawyer, the interrogation must cease until a lawyer is present. At that time, the individual must have an opportunity to talk with the attorney and to have him or her present during any subsequent questioning.  These rights are called Miranda rights. It is important to note that police are only required to say this to a suspect if they intend to interrogate that person under custody.

Should I talk to the police when arrested?

When a person is arrested, it is best to remain silent. The police cannot force the person to talk or confess their crimes. Anything that the person says to the police will become evidence if they go to court for the crime. Hence is best to avoid making a statement or signing anything.  Ask to speak with an attorney. Hiring a criminal defense attorney to intervene on your behalf is the wisest thing to do. You have the right to an attorney. If you’re unable to afford a private criminal defense attorney, you may be able to obtain a court-appointed lawyer to represent you.

Do I need to go to the police station for answering questions if asked?

You can in a polite manner refuse to go. However, if the police have good enough cause to believe that you have committed a crime, then they may issue you an arrest warrant. Therefore, it is suggested that you hire an experienced criminal lawyer to be present with you before you visit the police station to answer questions.

Should you resist an arrest if you are innocent?

The simple answer is DO NOT resist. Whether the arrest is unfair, unjust or unlawful will be determined in the court of law. Resisting arrest can result in far more serious charges and may even result in you getting hurt. As a tip, keep your hands visible, do not put them into your pocket, etc., and do not approach the officer unless you have been asked to do so.

What happens after you have been arrested?

After a person is arrested, they will be “booked” at the police department. During this process, the police will ask for basic information about yourself (such as your address and date of birth – your identifiers), and fingerprint and photograph you. You may also be asked to provide a handwriting sample.

As long as the question is somehow related to your stay while in jail, it will be considered routine booking questions. If the questions start to involve the reason for your arrest, then the questioning becomes a “custodial interrogation.” A custodial interrogation is where you are asked questions after you have been arrested and are still in the custody of the police. Before you can be asked questions while you are in custody, the police must read you a set of “Miranda Warnings.”

What happens after booking?

After booking, you will be held until you are arraigned. Arraignment is the defendant’s first court appearance. This hearing will usually take place within 48 hours. At the arraignment the judge reads the charges against the defendant, and asks how the defendant would like to plea. A defendant can enter a plea of “not guilty,” of “no contest,” or of “guilty.”

The bail is set within the court’s discretion and on a case-by-case basis. In most cases the bail bond is set on the day of the arraignment or sometimes before the arraignment. In some cases, the court can also release a defendant without bail; this is called an “own recognizance release” (or release).

What to do if you’ve been charged with a crime

If you’re facing criminal charges, don’t let law enforcement and the legal process overwhelm or intimidate you. Retain an experienced criminal lawyer who can help defend the charges against you and build the most persuasive case possible. The Defenders has your best interests in mind and will defend your case to the best of their ability. Don’t let criminal charges force you to accept negative consequences that will last your entire life. Call us today for a strategy session to discuss your case.

Help is available right now

Help is available starting the minute you call our attorneys. Whether you or a loved one is in trouble, start getting back on track by speaking with one of our criminal defense attorneys. Initial strategy sessions are free, and the sooner you call, the better chance for a good outcome.

What does your case need?

RESULTS!

Something powerful happens when your case is handled by our team of lawyers and support staff: Results. From investigating your case and informing you of your best options, to building an aggressive defense, our team will be the strong defender of your rights. Knowledge and Experience, That’s What You Can Expect.

Now is not the time to trust your freedom to a public defender or a lawyer that only dabbles in criminal defense. We’ll protect your rights with our team of legal professionals, fighting for the best outcome for you.

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