Expungement & Record Sealing

Expungement and record sealingHaving a criminal record can negatively affect your life, following you everywhere. Not only does it affect your ability to find a job, it can even cause challenges with continuing education or signing a lease. Even if the criminal case does not result in a conviction, the record of arrest and prosecution will still remain. An individual facing this challenge has two options, getting their record sealed, or getting the record removed from the public, a procedure called expungement.

Expungement vs. Record Sealing

There is a difference between expunging someone’s record and sealing someone’s record. If a record is sealed, it still will “exist” in both a legal and physical sense. Typically, once a person turns 18, their juvenile criminal proceedings will be sealed, only accessible with a court order. Expunging a record is when the record is actually deleted. Having a case expunged usually only happens when a person’s criminal case was dismissed, it is rarely available for cases that resulted in a conviction.

Expungement vs. Pardon

Just because the record has been expunged doesn’t mean that you have been pardoned. Being pardoned means that the person is forgiven for an offense and the remaining punishment is canceled. This is only necessary for a conviction. Unlike an expungement, if someone is pardoned, their criminal file remains on public record. The individual who was pardoned does have an option to petition for expungement.

Warrants

If you have a traffic ticket that has gone unresolved, and you’ve missed your court date for whatever reason, the court may have issued a warrant against you. You may be arrested for an outstanding warrant against you, you can even be arrested while trying to take care of the warrant. This is not a time to do nothing and see what might happen. One thing is for sure, that it won’t go away on its own. The Defenders offers the best solution for lifting your warrant. We begin by researching and quashing your warrant, as well as getting to the bottom of the underlying ticket. Let our attorneys work with the court and law enforcement on your behalf, resolving and eliminating the warrant against you.

Las Vegas Expungement & Record Sealing 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.

Self-Defense

Assault and battery cases are never the same and they vary widely based on the unique circumstances and facts that surround the case. Self-defense is easily the most common defense used in assault and battery cases. But to prove that it was indeed self-defense, one must show that they felt a real, honest fear of harm, the threat of unlawful force and that there was no way of escaping the assault.

Assault and Battery Self Defense

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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.

Assault With a Deadly Weapon

In Nevada, this is defined as using a gun, knife or lethal object to place a person in reasonable or immediate bodily harm.

Penalties for this crime include a category B felony, punishable by one to six years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000. It is possible for this charge to get brought down to a simple battery, which will result in a misdemeanor charge, by taking a plea bargain.

A person doesn’t need to have used the weapon to cause harm; even having the weapon in reach can qualify as an assault with a deadly weapon. Since assault is an intent crime in Nevada, the defendant can only be convicted if he/she intends to cause someone else to feel apprehension of being battered.

Assault with a deadly weapon

Las Vegas Assault & 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.

Gambling & Casino Fraud

Casino and Gambling CrimesMany people travel from around the world to enjoy the glitz and glamour that the Las Vegas strip provides. One of the city’s many highlights is the ability to gamble. To ensure the casinos are catering to their many guests, they created casino markers and debts, which can be thought of as their own form of currency. These markers are checks the casino will give to the tourist to use inside the specific casino that issued it. The guest has to agree to par the marker off in a short period of time with their own money. These markers are usually interest-free when paid on-time.

It is important to know not all credit is equal, and these casino markers are not similar to the credit a bank will give you. Having an unpaid “marker” can result in a felony conviction because it will be considered similar to not having sufficient funds in your account when you write a check. Nevada is the only state with legalized gambling that will impose criminal and civil penalties for those who do not pay their casino debts. Often times, charges regarding an unpaid casino marker will be categorized as a felony.

When it comes to a dishonored marker, the casino will often refer the matter to Bad Check Unit (BCU) of the District Attorney’s office for prosecution. The BCU will send a notice to work out the payment within 10 days before they refer the case for prosecution. It is usually presumed if a marker has not been paid within five days of the notice, the individual was attempting to defraud the casino. Because the casino markers are not legally enforceable as collectible debt, the casino will treat these markers as a check, withdrawing the money from a person’s bank accounts, if they do not pay their debt.

Penalties for unpaid markers can include:

  • Misdemeanor charges if the unpaid marker was less than $250, punishable by up to six months in jail and fines up to $10,000.
  • Category D Felony if the unpaid marker is more than $650, punishable by one to four years in prison and a possible fine up to $5,000.

Las Vegas Casino Marker 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.

White-collar Crimes

White collar crimesWhite-collar crimes are those that involve fraud or theft by a person during the course of their employment. Usually these allegations are brought upon a person who is in a trusted position within the business. There are many professionals who can be accused of white-collar crimes; it doesn’t have to just be large corporations, it can be small businesses, as well. White-collar crimes include forgery, identity theft, embezzlement, mortgage fraud, money laundering, credit card fraud, conspiracy, wire and mail fraud, bribery, healthcare fraud, RICO or conspiracy to commit RICO (Racketeering influenced and corrupt organization act), or computer crimes.

Some of the most common white-collar crimes in Las Vegas are:

  • Identity Theft: Possession or sale of personal identification information or documents used to establish false status or identity, obtaining and using someone else’s personal information to harm or assume the individuals identity, or using a person’s identifying information for any type of unlawful action.
  • Insurance Fraud: Any act committed with the intent to obtain an outcome from an insurance process that the alleged offender is not entitled to receive.  
  • Mortgage Fraud: Anyone who does not give a bank or company the complete information, or hides/falsifies information, in order to obtain a fraudulent mortgage.
  • Investment and Securities Fraud: Deliberate deception made to secure an advantage in violation with federal and state trading laws.
  • Worker’s Compensation Fraud: Any lie or misrepresentation made to benefit the employee, employer or provider in any way.
  • Unemployment Fraud: When the alleged offender knowingly lies or uses deceit to collect unemployment benefits that they wouldn’t normally be eligible for.
  • False Billing/Healthcare Fraud: When someone in the healthcare industry overbills the government for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. This usually occurs in a small medical practice.

Penalties for white-collar crimes include category B or C felonies in most cases. These felony charges are accompanied by one to 20 years in prison and fines up to $100,000. The alleged offender will also face restitution and the cost to repair their credit history and ratings and the criminal record that will greatly affect their life.

Las Vegas White-collar 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.

Drug Possession

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Drug paraphernalia is defined as equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use, in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, concealing, containing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance. Being convicted of possessing drug paraphernalia can be serious and include harsh penalties like jail time or heavy fines.

Drug paraphernalia can include items such as (but not limited to):

  • Any type of pipe
  • Water, chamber, carburetor, electric or air-driven pipes, ice-pipes or chillers
  • Bongs or chillums
  • Grinders
  • Carburetion tubes or devices
  • Smoking or carburetion masks
  • Small spoons with a level capacity of one-tenth cubic centimeters
  • Objects used to hold burning material that is too small to hold by hand
  • Drug testing kit
  • Dilutants and adulterants
  • Bowls
  • Containers

Because possession is a required element to paraphernalia offense, the prosecution must be able to show that the offender had constructive or actual possession. Constructive possession must include that the offender was aware the paraphernalia was in their possession or had the intent to take or was physically able to take possession of paraphernalia. Actual possession is when the offender has actual, physical control of the paraphernalia on their body or in their possession.

Penalties an alleged offender may face with possession of drug paraphernalia can include a misdemeanor offense that is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and fines not exceeding $1,000. An individual convicted of unlawful delivery, procession, sale or manufacture of drug paraphernalia will be convicted of a category E felony, which can mean 1-4 years in prison. If the alleged offender is convicted of delivering paraphernalia to a minor, they will face a category C felony, which can mean 1-5 years in prison.

Drug paraphenailia

Possession of a Controlled Substance

It doesn’t matter if you are in possession of drugs, narcotics or controlled substances for personal use, being in possession of these items can lead to severe penalties for a felony drug conviction. This offense can include the typical prison and fine penalties that come with a felony conviction, but also, it can lead to the inability to receive government funding, denial to certain education programs and the inability to pursue certain professions or occupations, as well as a criminal record and the inability to own or possess a firearm.

Possession of a controlled substance

Las Vegas Possession of Drug Paraphernalia or Possession of a Controlled Substance 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.

Possession with Intent to Sell

Drug Possession Intent to SellBeing charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell is a serious offense in Las Vegas. You are facing serious penalties and repercussions from this offense. If you are convicted, this includes lengthy prison sentence, heavy fines and a criminal record. If you have been charged with possession or intent to sell or distribute a controlled substance, call The Defenders. We are a Las Vegas drug crimes criminal defense attorney.

Whether you live here or were visiting Las Vegas, if you’ve been charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell, it is important you contact The Defenders immediately. An individual can be charged with this crime if they possess any scheduled substances, illegal drugs, or narcotics with probable evidence that the intent was to sell. Intent to sell can be found in evidence such as:

  • Scales or balances
  • Plastic bags
  • Large amounts of cash
  • Quantity of the drug
  • Drug paraphernalia

Any of the above evidence, if found, will be used to charge the alleged offender with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. While a conviction of this will carry harsh penalties, the punishment will vary depending on the schedule the drug is categorized, the type of substance, location of the offense and if there have been any prior offenses of similar nature.

For Schedule I or II substances (cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, GHB or LSD), depending on prior offenses, the alleged offender is looking at:

  • First conviction will result in a category D felony, punishable by a fine up to $5,000 and/or one to four years in prison
  • Second conviction will result in a category C felony, punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or one to five years in prison
  • Third conviction will result in a category B felony, punishable by a fine up to $20,000 and three to 15 years in prison

For Schedule III, IV, or V substances (Valium, Xanax, cough suppressant or codeine), depending on prior offenses, the alleged offender is looking at:

  • First or second conviction will result in a category D felony, punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or one to four years in prison
  • Third conviction will result in a category C felony, punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or one to five years in prison

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.

Drug Trafficking

Drug Trafficking convictionIn Nevada, drug trafficking is defined as the delivery, sale, manufacturing or importation of illegal drugs across state and national borders. Unlike other drug charges, drug trafficking can lead to charges at both a state and federal level. The most common substances that are trafficked include street drugs, prescription pills, illegal drugs, or homemade substances, including heroin, morphine, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, opium, OxyContin, methamphetamines, cocaine, crack, ecstasy, LSD, and GHB.

Having a drug trafficking charge is a very serious offense. The harsh penalties vary on the type of drug the alleged offender is found trafficking. A schedule I or II controlled substance will be considered trafficking if the individual knowingly or intentionally sold, manufactured, delivered or brought any type of scheduled I or II controlled substance into Nevada. As of now, there is no provision under the Nevada law for trafficking scheduled III, IV or V substances.

Penalties for a Las Vegas drug trafficking charge include:

  • Schedule I substance weighing at least four to 14 grams can result in a category B felony, punishable by one to six years in prison and/or a fine up to $50,000. If a schedule I substance is found at more than 14 grams, but less than 38 grams, a conviction can be made as a category B felony, punishable by two to 15 years in prison and/or a fine up to $100,000. If a schedule I substance is found weighing more than 28 grams, there can be a conviction of a category A felony, punishable by 25 years to life in prison and/or a fine up to $500,000.
  • Schedule II substance weighing between 28 and 200 grams can result in a category C felony, punishable by one to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $50,000. If a schedule II substance is found weighing between 200 and 400 grams, a conviction can be made as a category B felony, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $100,000. If a schedule II substance is found weighing more than 400 grams, this can result in a category A felony, punishable by 15 years to life in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000.

It is a federal offense to manufacture, import, distribute or traffic controlled substances with the intent to sell either across state borders, throughout the state or from a foreign country into Nevada.

The federal Controlled Substances Act classifies these substances as follows:

  • Schedule I – controlled substances that have a high potential for abuse and have no known or accepted medical purposes.
  • Schedule II – contains substances that have a high potential for abuse, but have commonly used or accepted medical applications, with certain restrictions.
  • Schedule III – substances that are commonly used for medical purposes in the United States.
  • Schedule IV – controlled substances with a lower potential for abuse and are commonly used for medical purposes.
  • Schedule V – substances have the least potential for abuse and are commonly used for medical uses in the United States.

Drug trafficking penalties will vary depending on which schedule the controlled substance falls into, as well as the amount of substance found, the alleged offender’s previous drug convictions and if there were any injuries or deaths related to the offense.

Las Vegas Drug Trafficking 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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.