Violent Crimes

Murder and Homicide

When it comes to violent crimes, murder is probably the most significant crime anyone can be accused of. The punishments for murder if convicted are the most severe, and can literally cost you your life, whether you are sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. Murder charges are a serious matter and require the unequaled legal skill of a highly experienced, knowledgeable criminal attorney.

There are four different types of homicide that vary based on the circumstances of the case and the act the killer performs.

  • First Degree Murder, which is thought out and planned in advance and done deliberately and maliciously, is considered a Category A Felony and is punishable by death or life in prison. Parole might be an option, depending on the aggravating factors that are present within the case.
  • Felony-Murder, similar to First Degree Murder, occurs when the defendant commits another felony, such as rape or kidnapping, when the murder occurs. In this case, the murder does not have to be pre-planned or thought out.
  • Second Degree Murder, which is charged as a category A Felony punishable by 25 years to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 10 years served.
  • Attempted Murder, which does not require death, but, the prosecutor only has to prove that the defendant had every intention of killing someone and that the defendant made preparations for killing that person. If you are facing this charge, you will be looking at a Category B Felony, which holds 2-20 years in prison.

The Defenders attorneys understand that murder charges are often the result of unique situations and circumstances. Many people who are accused of murder are normal people who lead normal lives, have families and jobs or go to school. Sometimes murder is a dreadful mistake, an accident, or something that the defendant never intended to have happen. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the charges against you, we believe that you deserve a vigorous defense.

The Defenders attorneys are here for you!

If you are arrested and charged with murder, remember that you have the right to speak to your legal counsel first. The Defenders can meet with you to discuss the charges against you and inform you of all of your legal options before you say or do anything. Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by law enforcement, or assume that there is enough evidence to convict you of murder beyond the shadow of a doubt. You do not have to speak to anyone, and you are not required to give out any information. Speak to your lawyer first!

Manslaughter

Manslaughter is defined as the unlawful killing of another person without malice and is punished severely in the State of Nevada. Manslaughter happens when a killing was not premeditated – if there was intent to harm or kill the victim, it may be charged as murder. There are different types of manslaughter, including voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, and vehicular manslaughter. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the crime, if you are convicted of manslaughter, you will face harsh penalties that will have lasting consequences on your life.

For a manslaughter to be considered voluntary, it is defined as “a serious and highly provoking injury inflicted upon the person killing, sufficient to excite an irresistible passion in a reasonable person, or an attempt by the person killed to commit a serious personal injury on the person killing.”

The penalties you are facing in regards to voluntary manslaughter is:

  • Category B Felony
  • Minimum of 1 year in prison, with the maximum sentence of 10 years
  • Fines up to $10,000

Involuntary manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human without the intent to kill them. This results from reckless or criminal negligence and is most commonly found in the case of a DUI that lead to the death of an individual or individuals.

The penalties you are facing in regards to involuntary manslaughter is:

  • Category D Felony that can result in 1-4 years in prison
  • Fines up to $5,000

Vehicular manslaughter occurs when the killing involves a vehicle of some kind, but this is most often a car. There does not have to be drugs or alcohol involved for this charge, but drug and alcohol involvement is common in relation to a vehicular manslaughter.

The penalties you are facing in regards to vehicular manslaughter is:

  • 1 year license suspension
  • $1,000 fine
  • Up to 6 months is jail

Most manslaughter charges are due to an accident of some kind, and being responsible for the death of another person can be a very upsetting and frightening experience. The Defenders are a group of compassionate, understanding criminal attorneys who will provide you support and sound legal advice in your time of need. We believe that everyone deserves a solid defense, and we will work hard to defend your case aggressively.

Q A

Is vehicle manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter the same thing?

No, they aren’t. Vehicular manslaughter is when someone causes an unintentional death caused by a vehicle. It does not mean the driver of the car was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Vehicular manslaughter is considered a misdemeanor offense due to the fact that the accident was caused simply because of negligence, a simple mistake, and lack of attention.

Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm.

We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333.You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today!

The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. He and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.

Contact Us

Copyright 2019     |      Privacy Policy

Arrested In Las Vegas


What happens here does not always stay here. Unfortunately, if you or a loved one was arrested while visiting Las Vegas, those charges will not disappear once you leave the dazzling lights of “Sin City.” Many tourists find themselves faced with various types of charges, including:

  • DUI/DWI
  • Drug crimes
  • Fraud
  • Juvenile
  • Assault and battery
  • Driving crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Theft
  • Murder
  • Many other felonies

There are many misbeliefs tourists have surrounding certain laws here, some of these law misconceptions are:

  • The legalization of prostitution. This is false. Prostitution is only legal in some areas of Nevada, but Las Vegas and Clark County are excluded from the portion of Nevada where prostitution is legal. There are licensed brothels outside of the Las Vegas area that allow legal prostitution. Partaking in prostitution, whether you are the prostitute or customer, is illegal in all parts of Las Vegas.
  • The open container law. While it is legal to have an open container of alcohol in some parts of the Las Vegas area, it is still illegal to have an open container of alcohol in a car, and this can result in a DUI. Las Vegas police are very strict when it comes to any type of drinking and driving.
  • Smoking marijuana where you please. While marijuana is now legal in Las Vegas, it is illegal to smoke in hotel rooms or any place that is not a private residence. You are prohibited to smoke in any public area, hotel, or casino and by NO means are you allowed to be under the influence of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle.
las vegas police cars
Q A

What’s the first thing I should do if I am arrested in Las Vegas?

The first thing you should do if you or a loved one was arrested in Las Vegas is utilize your rights to remain silent. Try not to disclose any information in regards to your offense to the arresting officer. You have the right to remain silent, and you should use that right. Contact The Defenders and we can assist you so that you do not make the situation worse.

Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm.

We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333.You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today!

The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. He and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.

Contact Us

Copyright 2018     |      Privacy Policy

Probation Violation

Violating your probation could earn you many potentially detrimental consequences that could have lasting negative effects on your life. Violating your probation can lead to many issues due to the strict conditions that go along with any violation, big or small. In some cases, the violator might be sentenced to serve out their original sentence. Unfortunately, violating probation is an easy thing to do, because the conditions of the probation are so strict and must be followed exactly.

The conditions of a probation will be based on what the Judge seems fit and what type of offense was committed, but the most common probation conditions are:

  • Reporting to a probation officer on a regular basis
  • A ban of drugs or alcohol, this is not with all cases
  • Drug testing that is either done randomly or on a regular basis
  • Unable to be in possession of any type of weapon
  • Must cooperate with probation officer at all times
  • Your probation officer is allowed to conduct searches of vehicle, person, or house at any time they please
  • Unable to travel
  • Unable to be in association with known gang members or felons
  • Parolee MUST comply with all laws and be an upstanding citizen
  • Employment or schooling must be kept at all times and approved by the probation officer
  • Payment for supervision by parole officer is paid by parolee

If you are found to be in violation of your probation, you can be issued an arrest warrant without prior warning – meaning you could be taken into the custody of law enforcement officers at any time. If you are convicted of a probation violation, you can face substantial fines, possible jail time, having your probation revoked or extended, and losing your freedom. It’s not something you want to take lightly.

probation ankle bracelet

There are several possible ways to violate your probation, which you may or may not be aware of. You can be charged with violating your probation for:

  • Failure to complete a court ordered class or program
  • Failure to appear in court as scheduled
  • Being arrested while on probation
  • Committing another crime while on probation
  • Failure to maintain employment
  • Possession of firearm
  • Refusing to partake in a drug test, or failing a drug test
  • Failure to report to your probation officer
  • Failure to follow curfew
  • Leaving the jurisdiction

If you violate your probation in any way, it could greatly benefit you to hire The Defenders so that they can go before the judge to schedule a hearing where it will be determined if your probation was violated or not. If you continue to follow your probation terms, this will show the judge your willingness to comply and can help demonstrate your willingness to follow the strict probation terms.

Our goal is to help you get back into compliance with your probation orders, and to preserve your rights and freedoms. You don’t have to let a probation violation set you back, or leave you with lasting consequences that have a negative impact on your life. Call The Defenders today to discuss your probation and possible violations. We will inform you of your legal rights and all of the options available to you. We will work hard to give you the best defense possible to help you fight the charges against you.

Q A

What’s the first thing I should do if I violated my probation?

If you have violated your probation or think you may have violated your probation, it is essential you contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Even if it is your first time violating your probation, for a felony or misdemeanor charge, your probation officer will likely file a report that provokes the court to issue a warrant for your arrest. There may be a no bond for the warrant, meaning you should hire an experienced lawyer as soon as possible so he can talk to the prosecutor and probation officer about the violation.

Las Vegas Probation Violation Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm.

We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333.You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today!

The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. He and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.

Contact Us

Copyright 2018     |      Privacy Policy

Theft Crimes

What is theft?

Theft is the unlawful taking of a person’s property without their permission, or the intent to permanently deprive someone of their property. Any kind of theft crime can vary in the severity of punishment that follows the crime. There are many types of theft crimes, and specific laws and penalties that follow a theft charge. When it comes to theft crimes, you might find yourself convicted with the following:

  • Burglary: According to Nevada law, burglary is defined as entering a structure with the intent to commit grand or petit larceny, assault or battery on any person or any felony, or to obtain money or property by false pretenses, is guilty of burglary.
  • Embezzlement: This usually occurs in an employment or corporate setting and is defined as the theft of assets by someone who is put in a position of trust or responsibility over the stolen assets.
  • Petit Larceny: Known as the lowest form of theft crime in Las Vegas, petit larceny is any theft of property or money that values below $650.
  • Robbery: Nevada law defines robbery as “the unlawful taking of personal property from the person of another, or in the person’s presence, against his or her will, by means of force or violence or fear of injury, immediate or future, to his or her person or property, or the person or property of a member of his or her family, or of anyone in his or her company at the time of the robbery.”
  • Shoplifting: Shoplifting is a common crime in the state of Nevada, and is defined as illegally taking a small amount of merchandise from a retail store. If you are charged with shoplifting, how you are convicted depends on the monetary value of what was taken from the store. Although most people consider shoplifting a minor crime, the penalties if you are caught and convicted can be very serious. They can have lasting consequences on your life and cost you a substantial amount of money.
  • Grand Larceny: Under Nevada law, grand theft is defined as “the unlawful or illegal taking of someone else’s property that is valued over $650.” If the property is valued under $650, the theft does not fall under the charge of grand larceny.
  • Pick Pocketing: This is the theft of an item from someone without his or her knowledge. The victim will not know the item is stolen until they go to look for it.
  • Possession of Stolen Property: It is unlawful to have or receive any stolen property, as it is punishable by law.

There is a wide range of punishments for theft crimes and they vary on the degree the theft is classified as, a misdemeanor or felony. For a misdemeanor charge, you are looking at fines up to $1,000 and/or a jail term of six months and the possible reinstatement of the stolen items. For a felony charge, you are looking at a Category B or Category C felony that holds the penalties of one to five years in prison, fines up to $10,000, and the return of the stolen item or restitution for their value.

Las Vegas Theft Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm. We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333.You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today! The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. He and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.

Contact Us

Copyright 2018     |      Privacy Policy

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes will hold severe consequences for your entire life, as these charges will never go away. In the State of Nevada, sex crimes are taken very seriously and come with heavily weighted penalties and consequences for those charged and convicted. If you are convicted of committing a sex crime, you could face large fines, lengthy prison time, and the possibility of probation.

Unfortunately, you can also be required to register as a sex offender. Court records are public information, meaning anyone can access them and find out you were convicted in a court of law for sex crimes. The Defenders are experienced criminal lawyers who are committed to your case, and we will do everything in our power to build the best defense possible that will stand up in court. A sex crime conviction can greatly affect your future job prospects, ability to rent a house or apartment and place great detriment on your personal life. If you find yourself in this position, you are in need of a professional, experienced criminal defense attorney that can help you preserve your integrity and your public image.

Sex Crimes

Having a sex crime charge can be a terrifying experience. But you don’t have to be intimidated by law enforcement and the legal system. The Defenders can help you through this challenging and confusing time, we have extensive experience in defending sex crimes, including:

  • Statutory rape
  • Sexual battery
  • Rape
  • Molestation
  • Child molestation
  • Child pornography
  • Indecent exposure
  • Lewd & lascivious conduct
  • Trafficking
  • Prostitution
  • Failure to register as a sex offender

One of the biggest sex crimes the Las Vegas area sees is prostitution or solicitation. Contrary to popular belief, there aren’t many places in the state of Nevada where prostitution is legal, and it is NOT legal in Las Vegas. There are only a few places outside of Las Vegas that a person can legally trade sex for money. Other than those licensed and regulated brothels, any type of solicitation or prostitution is illegal and subject to penalties and retribution. It’s important to remember it’s not only the person soliciting a sex act that can be charged with a crime. The person purchasing the services provided by a prostitute can also face penalties for engaging in the illegal act. These penalties include:

  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Up to six months in county jail

False accusations are very common among sex crime charges. These untruthful claims can come from the accuser if they regret their decision of partaking in consensual sex, if they are pressured by police to accuse someone of a sex crime, or if they have fear or remorse about a sexual encounter they had. There are many cases in which prostitution charges are filed against innocent parties. People can easily get caught up in undercover police operations, or just happened to be somewhere that was “the wrong place at the wrong time.” It’s also possible the actions of the parties involved were misunderstood by law enforcement. There are many goodd defenses to prostitution charges that can persuade the court to dismiss or reduce the charges against you.

Las Vegas Sex Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

Sex crimes are one of the most serious offenses within the Las Vegas area due to the reputation the city holds. However, a sex crime can greatly affect your life and can drastically change your day-to-day activities. It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case.

The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm. 

We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333.You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today!

The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. Ryan and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.

Contact Us

Copyright 2018     |      Privacy Policy

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence charges are extremely common within the Las Vegas area and can occur between family members, those in a romantic relationship, or roommates. In the State of Nevada, there are harsh penalties that follow a domestic violence charge. This crime is a violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. This charge can have detrimental effects on your life as well as bring forth an unwanted reputation. If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is important you hire a good criminal defense attorney so you can get the protection you need. Domestic violence charges are serious and need the attention of an experienced and responsible attorney.

Unfortunately, domestic violence charges are something that people are frequently falsely accused of, especially if the accuser has reason to be jealous, angry or resentful. This is frequently the case in many domestic violence cases that are part of divorce proceedings or child custody situations. Sometimes, the violence that occurred was self-defense, or it may have simply been an accident. The Defenders realize domestic violence charges usually involve unique circumstances, and we are committed to fully investigating every possible scenario. Our first step would be to build a successful defense that will prevail in court, by reducing your charges or getting the case dismissed, keeping your criminal record clear.

Domestic Violence Penalties – Las Vegas

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you will be facing harsh penalties from the State as well as facing the unwanted social stigma that follows a domestic violence charge. For your first domestic violence charge within seven years, you are looking at the following penalties:

  • A misdemeanor charge
  • Two days to six months of jail time
  • 48 to 120 hours of community service
  • Fines ranging from $200 to $1,000
  • Weekly counseling sessions for at least 6 months, at the client’s expense

If you have been charged of a second domestic violence offense within seven years of your first one, the penalties you now face will greatly increase. You need an experienced lawyer to help you get the charges dropped or reduced. For a second domestic violence charge within seven years, you are looking at the following penalties:

  • A misdemeanor charge
  • 10 days to six months of jail time
  • Fines ranging from $500 to $1,000
  • 100 to 200 hours of community service
  • Weekly counseling sessions for at least 12 months, at the client’s expense

For a third domestic violence charge within seven years, you are looking at being charged with a Category C felony and more severe penalties of:

  • Prison term ranging from one to five years
  • Fine up to $10,000, although greater fines might be authorized or required by the State
  • Weekly counseling sessions for at least 12 months, at the patient’s expense
domestic violence

Any kind of domestic violence act where strangulation was used or battery that resulted in substantial bodily injury without the use of a deadly weapon will be guilty of a Category C felony and:

  • One to five years in a State Prison
  • Fines no more than $15,000

Any kind of domestic violence battery with the use of a deadly weapon that did or did not result in substantial bodily harm will result in a Category B felony and:

  • Two to 15 years in a State Prison
  • Mandatory fine of $10,000

Domestic Violence Plea Bargain and Record Sealing

If you have found yourself being charged with a domestic violence charge, we can assist you with a plea bargain A plea bargain can possibly reduce your charges, depending on how severe they are. In some cases, your criminal record regarding your domestic violence can be sealed, as long as the necessary conditions are met. It is important to have your record sealed so you are not negatively affected by the charges in the future, as a domestic violence charge carries a negative social appearance and difficulties with future employment or education. Sealing your records is a necessary step but can be a confusing process; luckily, The Defenders are trained in this area and can assist you with the process.

domestic violence
Q A

Can my domestic violence charges be dropped by my accuser?

Unfortunately not. Domestic violence charges cannot be dropped once they are made against the “accused” because it is technically the State of Nevada or the City of Las Vegas bringing the charges against the defendant, not the victim of the violence. If you have been charged with domestic violence, call The Defenders so that we can get you the help you need and the best judgment for your case.

Las Vegas Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm.

We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333.You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today!

The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. He and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.

Contact Us

Copyright 2018     |      Privacy Policy

Assault and Battery

Assault and battery are sometimes thought as the same offense, but they are separate offenses. Regardless of the differences between the two, they both hold substantial penalties and bring forth an undesirable social stigma that can haunt the person charged of the crime for a long time. But what is the difference between assault and battery? Assault is the unlawful attempt of physical force on another person or the intentional placement of another person in harms way or the way of immediate bodily harm. Battery is any willful or unlawful force of violence on another person. Essentially, assault is threatening to strike someone while battery is actually striking him or her.

Assault

For assault, you are looking at a misdemeanor charge. But, that charge still comes with hefty penalties and is something you want to avoid at all costs. Being charged with an assault crime can change your life, and, in addition to other punishments, you’ll receive a permanent mark on your criminal record, which will make it more difficult for you to get a job, get accepted into the colleges of your choice or obtain a professional license.

The first step to successfully fighting assault charges against you is to retain a confident, experienced criminal defense attorney. The Defenders will thoroughly investigate your case to look for false allegations or arrest, and work with you to develop a strong strategy that will stand up in court. We have successfully defended numerous assault cases in the Nevada court system and will bring our knowledge and expertise to the table in your case. Our goal is to do everything possible to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced. Don’t wait for the courts to find you guilty of assault. Call The Defenders today for a consultation to discuss the charges against you. If you are charged and convicted of assault on another person, you can face serious penalties, such as:

  • Six months in a county jail
  • Up to a $1,000 fine
  • Community service

You do not have to actually commit the assault or battery to be penalized, if you willfully provoke someone in any way, you can be charges as an accomplice of the crime. Furthermore, there are some people who are in a special protected class that will increase the penalties for a battery charge. Under NRS 200.481, these people are police officers, health care providers, taxi cab drivers or transit operator, corrections officers, judges, firefighters, school employees, and sports officials. If any battery is conducted against the listed personnel, charges will be increased significantly because they are part of a protected position. Hiring an experienced lawyer will help you get through your difficult case and ensure you help take the necessary precautions needed to prove your innocence. The Defenders understand there may be extenuating circumstances in your case that led to the battery charges against you. We are committed to thoroughly investigating your case to look for possible false allegations or other grounds to have the charges dismissed or reduced. The Defenders will work hard to give your case the time and attention it deserves, and will do what it takes to help you prevail in court. You don’t have to let a battery charge ruin your life. Call The Defenders today for a consultation.

Battery

Under Nevada law, battery is defined as using willful, violent physical contact against another person or anything closely connected to that person. While assault does not require physical contact be made for charges to be filed, battery does – intentional infliction of physical force against another person. However, the “physical contact” needed to file a battery charge is not as severe as one might think. You can be charged with battery if you merely touch someone’s clothes in a rude or disrespectful manner. Battery can bring forth a misdemeanor or felony charge, depending on the seriousness of the offense. Regardless, both will bring forth heavy penalties and possible jail time along with a criminal record, which can affect you in your day-to-day life, possible employment, and can even affect schooling. For a misdemeanor battery charge, you are looking at the following penalties:

  • Up to a $1,000 fine
  • Up to six months in a county jail
  • Community service

For a felony battery charge, you will be facing the following penalties:

  • Significant fines ranging from $2,000 to $10,000
  • Imprisonment for one to 20 years depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime

Any kind of battery where strangulation was used or when substantial bodily injury occurred without the use of a deadly weapon will be guilty of a Category C felony and:

  • One to five years in a State Prison
  • Fines no more than $15,000

Las Vegas Assault and Battery Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm. We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333.

You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today! The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. He and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.

Contact Us

Copyright 2018     |      Privacy Policy

Juvenile Crimes

Is your child being faced with a criminal accusation? You probably aren’t sure what to do next. We know this can be a stressful time for you, your child, and your family. You are facing scary questions and are in need of legal support to help you through this time. You are in need of a compassionate, reliable, and trustworthy attorney that has the experience needed to help you protect the legal rights of your child. Having your child accused of a delinquent act can drastically change the direction of their life and limit the success they have in the future. The Defenders can help assist you and your child take the legal action necessary to protect their future.

Depending on the severity of the charges, your child can face possible detainment and may not be released until the child has his/her court hearing. In the State of Nevada, it is their goal to have the child be under watch of the parents or guardian instead of being in a juvenile detention center, as long as the parents or guardian agree to bring the child to his/her court date. There are some cases when the court will utilize the Detention Review and Release Program (DRRP) where they monitor the child after they return home. During this monitoring, they track the child using GPS as well as conduct random checks at their home, school, or place of employment.

In some cases, a juvenile can be charged as an adult, even if they are under the age of 18. This can occur when the prosecutor requests the court to certify the minor as an adult. This can transpire depending on the severity of the crime and if the child is 14 years of age or older. One of the most important things parents can do for a child who is charged with a juvenile crime is contact The Defenders so that we can negotiate with the prosecutor to avoid your child being charged as an adult.

Having these charges at such a young age can affect your child’s general middle and high school education, their chances of advancing to a college education and it can even affect their professional career later in life.

Juvenile crime

The most common types of juvenile cases The Defenders assist with are:

  • Destruction of property
  • Theft
  • Robbery or burglary
  • Sex crimes
  • Violent crimes such as Assault and Battery
  • Possession or distribution of drugs
  • Possession or consumption of alcohol
  • Curfew violation
  • Trespassing
  • Criminal mischief of graffiti

If your child has been charged with any type of juvenile crime, contact The Defenders. We can assist your family and help get the charges reduced or dropped so your child can live a life without the penalties that come along with juvenile transgressions. Through this difficult time, you need support and guidance to ensure your child’s charges are dropped or reduced as much as they can be.

Q A

Can my child be charged as an adult?

Depending on the severity of the crime, or if it is a repeat offense, your child might be classified as an adult, resulting in them being charged as an adult. This can negatively impact their future since these charges would remain on their record well into adulthood, impacting possible employment and educational growth.

Las Vegas Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

We understand the stress a juvenile crime can put on a family. It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your child’s case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to the charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm.

We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your child’s case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333. You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today!

The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. Ryan and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.

Contact Us

Copyright 2018     |      Privacy Policy

Fraud Crimes

Crimes categorized as fraud are typically defined as a non-violent crime that involves deception, concealment, theft or scheme. There are many different types of fraudulent crimes and each one is a known practice area that The Defenders can assist with. Some of these crimes are not only charged at a state level, but they can also be charged at the federal level. The fraudulent crimes that you might be faced with are:

  • White Collar Crimes: Many times, white-collar crimes are committed by business professionals, public officials, or other professional people with the means and access to commit such crimes. Depending on the type of white-collar crime committed, it can be investigated and prosecuted by the state or the federal government.
  • Gambling and Casino: Scheming to beat the house in an unethical or illegal way. The most common casino and gambling crimes are inside jobs, chip grab-and-runs, and craps cheats. These and many other fraud crimes are committed at casinos daily in Las Vegas.
  • Casino Markers: Gambling is all fun and games until you are unable to pay the casino back for the marker they have loaned you. But, failure to pay these debts can result in serious criminal charges.
  • Workers’ Compensation: Making a false injury claim and accepting workers’ compensation payment you do not really deserve or are entitled to.
  • Insurance: Making false insurance claims to benefit yourself is a crime that will place you in an unnecessary position.
  • Identity Theft: Sometimes we envy what others have, but stealing their personal identification information to access their money or property is a crime. An identity theft conviction can have a negative impact on your future endeavors, especially if you are convicted of a felony.
  • Unemployment: When you/employer purposely mislead the government to obtain unemployment benefits is considered a fraudulent activity that is punishable with fines and possible imprisonment.
  • Mortgage: Placing false information on a mortgage loan application to obtain a larger loan than would have originally been given.
  • Telemarketing: This refers to any fraudulent selling conducted over the telephone.
  • Advance Fee Schemes: This type of scam usually involves the promising of a large sum of money in exchange for a small up-front payment. Partaking in this type of scam is a fraud crime and can get you in serious trouble with the law.
  • Health Insurance Fraud: This is a crime in not only the state law, but also federal law. This type of fraud is when someone knowingly presents any dishonest statement to an insurance company that leads to a claim or insurance policy decision being made under false evidences.
  • Investment Scams: Also known as securities or stock fraud, this is when investors make purchases or sales based on false information, theft from investors, stock manipulation, or false information on a company’s financial report.
Fraud Crimes
  • Wire Fraud: This form of fraudulent activity takes place using information technology or telecommunications to perform some type of financial fraud.
  • Bank Fraud: This criminal offense is using illegal actions to obtain money, assets, or other property by posing as a bank or other financial institution.
  • Money Laundering: Transferring money acquired illegally to a foreign bank account in attempts to conceal the illegal source of money.
  • Corporate Fraud: This crime is when an individual or a company partakes in fraudulent and illegal activities that bring forth an advantage to the individual or company.
  • Embezzlement: This usually occurs in an employment or corporate setting and is defined as the theft of assets by someone who is put in a position of trust or responsibility over the stolen assets.
  • Forgery: You may have heard forgery is simply signing someone else’s name on a document – for example, a paycheck – but this is not true. Forgery only occurs when someone intends to commit fraud or damage someone out of property, money or legal rights.
  • Bribery: Most bribery charges are going to be a felony, which can lead to hefty fines and prison time. There are several types of bribery in the State of Nevada, including: the bribery of a public official, witness, juror, or judge, any bribery that has to do with sports, or any type of commercial bribery.
  • Tax Evasion: If you have purposely evaded an assessment or payment of a tax, you are looking at tax evasion, which can lead to imprisonment and fines.
  • Government Fraud: Any kind of fraud committed against or involving the federal government will be considered government fraud.

Las Vegas Fraud Crime Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm.

We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333.You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today!

The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. He and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.

Contact Us

Copyright 2018     |      Privacy Policy

Drug Crimes

Facing a drug charge can lead you to be confused, frightened, and unsure of what to do next. Being subject to an investigation of your person, home, vehicle or other property can be disconcerting, and going through the legal process can make you feel like a hardened criminal, even if you’re not. Although drug crimes are some of the most commonly prosecuted crimes in Nevada, being convicted will still leave you with significant consequences that will affect you for the rest of your life. Contrary to the reputation Sin City has, Las Vegas has some of the harshest drug laws against distribution, possession, and trafficking. Having a drug charge will show on your criminal record as a narcotics offense. If you’re facing drug crime charges, take them seriously and retain a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer with experience in Nevada drug laws.

The Defenders will answer your questions and listen to your concerns, because we understand how confusing and disconcerting being charged with a crime can be. We will help you understand your rights under Nevada law and go over all of the options available to you. The Defenders will help you make the decisions necessary to protect your rights, your record and your future. Call today for a consultation.

The Defenders can assist with a number of drug crimes, including:

  • Trafficking
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Sales or manufacturing
  • Possession
  • Marijuana
  • Scheduled/controlled substances
  • Ecstasy
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Heroin
  • Ketamine
  • Meth
  • Oxycontin/Oxycodone
  • PCP
  • Mushrooms
  • Prescription drugs
  • Smuggling
  • Importation
DUI and Drugs

What Will Happen If I Am Convicted Of Drug Crimes?

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime – whether you were merely possessing the drug, selling, trafficking or cultivating or manufacturing a drug – and the type of drug involved, you could face a variety of penalties, including but not limited to:

  • Possible substantial fines
  • Possible county jail or state prison time
  • Possible criminal record
  • Probation

How Can I Fight Drug Charges?

The first step to effectively fighting the charges against you is to hire a lawyer who will defend your case aggressively. There are many different ways to defend against drug charges, and a strong defense depends on the skill level and expertise of the criminal defense attorney. The Defenders have successfully defended a variety of drug crime cases and have the experience you need to build the strongest case possible and prevail in court.

We will give your case the time and attention it deserves, and will do whatever it takes to help protect your rights and freedoms. We want to keep your criminal record clean. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, don’t wait. Call The Defenders now for a consultation to discuss your options.

Las Vegas Drug Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders

It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm.

We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333.You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today!

The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. He and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.

Contact Us

Copyright 2018     |      Privacy Policy