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Being charged with a crime is a terrifying prospect on its own. Trying to understand the many requirements, steps, and choices you need to make along the way can leave you feeling isolated and overwhelmed. The award-winning team at De Castroverde Criminal & Immigration can help you through a stressful process. From explaining your options to conducting our own investigation of your charges, our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys have your back.

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While the path of your case can depend on your charges and the overall situation, our team of criminal defense lawyers knows Las Vegas and Nevada laws. We can assess your situation and determine the best way forward.

Our attorneys have been on the other side and have brought back their experience to help people like you. We call ourselves the Dream Team for a reason. Team members like Frank Coumou and Craig Hendricks have experience working as prosecutors, providing them with unique insight into how to now defend cases like yours.

When you hire a criminal defense attorney, you don’t just want someone who sympathizes with your situation. You want someone who knows the ins and outs of it, able to utilize all angles. Our team members’ experience provides them with a unique perspective on cases just like yours.

Why Choose De Castroverde Criminal Defense & Immigration Lawyers?

From the moment you first reach out to us to the sentencing of your case, the attorneys at De Castroverde Criminal & Immigration Lawyers will be there for you. We understand that being charged with a crime can be frightening. Knowing this, we will walk you through each step in the process and explain things to you in a way that makes it easy to understand what is going on.

As a family business, we treat our clients as if they were one of our own, dealing with everyone with compassion and commitment to help them through one of the scariest times in their lives. Check out what our clients have said about us in their testimonials:

  • “My case was not an easy one. For having counts for felony, David [Menocal] was able to reduce everything to a misdemeanor that would also not affect my immigration status notwithstanding my previous conviction…  I feel so relieved, overjoyed, and happy. I don’t usually leave reviews, but I really owe this one to this law group!” – Fatima
  • “De Castroverde Law Group has been really helpful with my case. They guide you through everything from the beginning to end.” – Past Client

You are feeling vulnerable and scared. We will strive our hardest to alleviate your stress, chart a path, and make you feel less alone.

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What Should You Do if You Are Charged with a Crime?

You can make choices from the very beginning that can protect you. The first and most important is to contact a lawyer. When we call ourselves your representation, we mean it — we can speak for you, procure information for you, and go places for you to research your case and get to work on your defense.

In fact, you can talk to us any time, even if you are just under investigation and haven’t been arrested or charged. The sooner we start on your case, the more time and information we will have to help you.

The Las Vegas Criminal Trial Process

Understanding criminal trial procedures and the overall process is crucial when you have been charged in Las Vegas. A trial may seem tidy on television shows, but it is usually a long and technical process that can take months or even years to resolve.

Judge or Jury Trials

There are many aspects to a trial, the first of which is deciding whether the defense wants the trial to be done by a judge or jury. If it is to be done by jury, the selection process, known as “voir dire,” consists of the prosecution and defense asking questions to potential jurors.

Discovery

In a trial, surprises are not allowed. Witnesses must be submitted beforehand, and both parties given the opportunity to question them. Any relevant evidence must also be submitted beforehand and agreed upon by the judge and opponent. Witnesses and evidence can be deliberated, as one party is allowed to argue against something being allowed in trial.

Cross-Examination

Cross-examination of witnesses happens next, and your lawyer can question the validity of their claims. If they feel the prosecution has not produced enough evidence to convince a jury of guilt, they can move to have the trial dismissed. If that is not granted, then the defense will have the opportunity to show inaccuracies in the prosecution’s case.

Closing Arguments, Verdict, and Sentencing

After all of this, each side presents closing arguments, and the jury is given instructions before it deliberates everything it has heard. The final step is reaching a verdict and, if necessary, sentencing.

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To get more detailed information on how our criminal defense attorneys can help you in your Las Vegas criminal case, call our firm today. Our award-winning Dream Team can stand up for you.

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Former district attorney Frank Johan Coumou discusses the De Castroverde Law Group’s unparalleled experience defending clients against all types of criminal charges.

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How Can a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney Help?

De Castroverde Criminal & Immigration Lawyers is dedicated to helping someone like you — someone who has been criminally charged, who has been arrested, or someone who knows that they are under criminal investigation. These are frightening scenarios and are usually accompanied by high levels of stress. If you find you are in a situation similar to this, we highly encourage you to look around our site.

Our Las Vegas criminal defense attorney can do the following:

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  • Blue check mark IconConduct / oversee all communication with law enforcement to help ensure you do not say something that may result in unintentionally incriminating yourself;
  • Blue check mark IconWork with professionals in forensics and other fields to conduct an independent investigation;
  • Blue check mark IconInterview witnesses and law enforcement to get a clearer picture of what occurred – possibly to uncover information or evidence in your favor;
  • Blue check mark IconNegotiate with the prosecuting attorney to lessen the charges and therefore the potential penalties that you may otherwise face; and
  • Blue check mark IconAssert your rights in criminal court and help the judge and jury understand your side of the story in order to work toward a ruling in your favor
  • Blue check mark IconOn top of that, we remain committed to making the everyday aspects of your case less stressful. We keep you updated, respond to your calls, and are on hand to answer your questions. You will also be aided by our support staff. You are not alone in this fight.
  • Blue check mark IconDon’t hesitate to consulate with the Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys from De Castroverde Criminal & Immigration Lawyers. If you have been accused and are looking for high-quality representation, we are determined to offer you a dedicated and detailed legal defense. We have successfully helped numerous clients get back on track. You can reach us by phone at 702-840-4781 today to speak with someone.

Information & Frequently Asked Questions

  • When I Am Arrested, Should I Speak with a Police Officer?

    In a word, no. You are not obligated to speak to anyone. In fact, you should have been informed of this fact when you were arrested. This is called informing you of your Miranda Rights or Mirandizing you:

    • You have the right to remain silent.
    • Anything you can and may be used against you in court.
    • You have the right to an attorney.
    • If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you.

    You may be tempted or persuaded to talk out of concern that staying silent or asking for an attorney will be construed as guilty behavior. They should respect your rights, and you should exercise them. Even if they attempt to overwhelm you with information, you can keep quiet and leave the rest to us. Our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers can get started immediately on your defense.

  • What Are Common Legal Defenses in a Criminal Trial?

    Defense strategy in a Las Vegas court will depend on the type of crime and the circumstances surrounding it. As with all criminal cases, there is a presumption of innocence until guilt is proven through trial or a plea. The presumption of innocence is the basis of a not guilty plea, in which your attorney will procure evidence and witnesses to build your case.

    This is done to convince the jury that there is reasonable doubt about your guilt. It’s not enough for a jury to just think that you did it; the evidence must be almost overwhelming.

    If applicable, you and your lawyer could use the alibi defense. If the crime occurred at a certain time or place, you must provide evidence that you weren’t there. For example, if the crime happened between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., but you were at a movie, a ticket stub or the receipt for your popcorn could absolve you of guilt.

  • What Is Bail, and How Is It Determined in Nevada?

    Unless you have been arrested after already being released from prison or are currently serving a suspended sentence, you will likely be admitted to bail. Bail is a dollar amount necessary to be removed from prison after an arrest and is determined by the judge or magistrate. This release is temporary and usually made under the condition that you appear in court.

    Bail is set based on:

    • The nature of the offense you accused of
    • The severity of the offense you are accused of
    • If the judge deems you likely to attempt to leave town or break the law again

    A “bail algorithm” is used, which considers several other factors, such as age, health, criminal history, and record of failing to appear in court if one exists. This is done to avoid any accusation of bias against or toward the defendant.

    The magistrate has the authority to set a bail amount as they see fit. A person arrested on drunk driving charges will have their bail determined by how far over the legal limit they were, whether they caused an accident and any injuries or not. Nevada state law predetermines the amount of bail for domestic violence or battery.

    It depends on whether you saw a judge or magistrate and how long after the crime you were admitted:

    • $3,000: If the person has no prior arrests, and there’s no reason to believe the battery caused significant bodily harm and is admitted less than 12 hours after the crime. If it’s been more than 12 hours: violating a restraining order, stalking, or harassment would also receive this bail amount.
    • $5,000: If it’s been less than 12 hours: no previous convictions but the battery caused significant harm, or they have one prior conviction of domestic violence but didn’t cause significant harm. If it’s been more than 12 hours: previous conviction of violating a restraining order, stalking, or harassment.
    • $15,000: If it’s been less than 12 hours: one previous conviction of domestic violence and they caused significant harm, or two previous battery convictions. More than 12 hours: two or more previous convictions of harassment, stalking, or violating a restraining order.

    Many factors are considered when choosing whether to release someone without bail, such as whether conditions outside of prison will still prevent someone from attempting to flee, as well as employment history, criminal history, and mental state. If you fail to appear in court or commit a crime while on bail, then you will be held in prison.

  • What Are Prisoners’ Rights in Nevada?

    No matter the crime for which you have been arrested, you are entitled to fair and just treatment under federal law. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) outlines all the rights you as an inmate would have:

    • Freedom of speech and religion: You still have the right to communicate with family and the outside world and send and receive mail. The latter is subject to the institution’s need to protect security, and assuming there is no security risk, it is not allowed to be confiscated.
    • Medical and mental health care: All your needs in this regard must be met. Whether it’s something simple, such as asthma, and you need your inhaler or something that could be fatal if left unmedicated, you have a right to sustain your health.
    • Cruel, inhumane, and degrading conditions: This pertains to many things. Overcrowding, violence or abuse, and mistreatment based on race, gender, or religion are against the law.

    If you have been incarcerated and feel your rights in any regard have been violated, you can seek counsel from our Las Vegas criminal defense attorney. Constitutional rights are extended to all citizens no matter what, so if prison officers don’t afford these protections to you, then you have a right to a lawsuit.

  • What Should I Expect from a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

    When hiring an attorney for your criminal case, you can expect someone who will conduct their own investigation, speak up for your rights, and attempt to negotiate your charges.

    Nonetheless, many attorney options are out there. To help you choose, be on the lookout for firms that:

    • Have established track records
    • Are experienced in your kind of case
    • Have positive client reviews
    • Are accessible and easy to contact

    You don’t want to be saddled with a team that keeps you in the dark or is unfamiliar with your specific type of case. For instance, if you are facing criminal charges while also dealing with immigration issues, having lawyers like ours who are versed in those areas could help balance those elements.

  • Will My Lawyer Appear in Court for Me?

    It depends on your charges. If you were charged with a misdemeanor in Las Vegas, it’s possible one of our criminal defense attorneys can appear in your place in court. By contrast, in most felony cases, you will need to appear in court in person.

    This can make a difference if you are not from Nevada and are facing charges there while living elsewhere. For misdemeanor cases, we might be able to appear on your behalf so that you do not have to travel here for court.

  • Why Do I Need a Lawyer in My Vegas Case?

    Regardless of the charges you are facing, consulting an attorney who handles your type of case can provide you with essential information as well as an ally whose only focus is to make your situation better.

    We offer:

    • Insider knowledge of the system
    • Established relationships within that system
    • Negotiation possibilities
    • Backup when faced with intimidation or frustration
    • The chance to save time, money, and mental well-being

    In other words, we know more than you; it’s our job. Our attorneys are aware of tactics police and prosecutors employ and have relationships with those in the system that can be used to your advantage. Moreover, we know how to negotiate and can do it on your behalf.

    In fact, everything we do on your behalf could potentially save you stress, embarrassment, time, and funds.

    What Types of Criminal Cases Do You Handle?

    At De Castroverde Criminal & Immigration Lawyers, we can defend you against:

  • How Much Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Cost?

    There is no set answer because each case is different. As you can see above, we represent several kinds of criminal cases, and there are variations within each of those categories as well. Lesser charges, like misdemeanors, may cost less in the end than felony charges. Facing multiple charges may also cost more.

    Nonetheless, because you could be facing fines and jail time in Las Vegas for your charges, hiring a criminal defense lawyer can be a smart financial decision. Consider, for instance, that you could be facing your first DUI charge, a misdemeanor (NRS § 484C.400). The penalties could result in:

    • Fines of $400 to $1,000
    • Up to six months in jail
    • Driving school
    • License suspension for 185 days

    That’s not the only cost. You will have to pay for public transportation or rideshares during the 185 days your license is suspended. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMVNV) also lists a $120 fee for reinstating your license, as well as a $35 Victim Impact Fee. On top of all that, you will also have a misdemeanor on your record.

    While the outcome of your case is not guaranteed, hiring a lawyer could save you money and stress in the long run.

  • Do I Need to Hire an Attorney if I Plan on Pleading Guilty?

    Yes, hiring legal representation can help even if you plan to plead guilty. This is because we can handle the paperwork and process for you. Plus, we can potentially negotiate a deal. Remember, we know how this system works, including how to make it work better for you even if you plead guilty.

  • What Is the Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor Charge?

    The main difference is severity. Misdemeanors are much less serious charges than felonies and typically come with less jail time and lower fines. Felonies, by contrast, tend to come with much harsher punishments when someone is convicted, including longer prison sentences.

    There are different types of misdemeanors and felonies, sometimes called classes or categories. Class A is the highest level of severity, with punishments becoming less serious with each class (NRS § 193.130).

    For example, let’s look at these different punishments for different drug offenses (NRS § 453.336):

    • If you are found in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, and it’s your first offense: Misdemeanor with a fine of no more than $600 and evaluation for drug abuse
    • If you’re found in possession of a controlled substance, and it’s your first or second offense: Class E felony with up to four years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine
    • If you’re found in possession of a controlled substance, and it’s your third offense or more: Class D felony, up to four years in prison, as well as a possible fine of $20,000

    The substance in question may also change what level of charge(s) you face, as well as the possible punishment. We can offer you more personalized information when we can assess your case and discuss options for negotiating lesser charges.

  • What’s an Arraignment?

    An arraignment is a meeting in court when the judge states the criminal charges against you. Sometimes, bail is set at the arraignment if it hasn’t been set already. You will be asked if you understand the charges and then have the opportunity to enter your plea:

    • Guilty
    • Not guilty
    • No contest

    No contest means you aren’t admitting to the crime, but you’re willing to face the consequences of it. It is a way of avoiding a trial, as is pleading guilty.

    Arraignments typically conclude with dates being set for hearings and trials.

  • What Should I Do if I Am Falsely Accused of a Crime?

    Perhaps the most terrifying experience someone could have is to be accused of something they didn’t do, but you do have options to clear your name. One of our criminal defense attorneys can compile evidence for your innocence.

    False accusations can happen because of:

    • Deliberate false accusations
    • Unreliable witnesses or accusers
    • Misidentifications
    • Faulty, misleading, or erroneous evidence

    For example, some people accuse others of crimes out of revenge or to ruin their name. If a divorce gets particularly contentious, one spouse may decide to accuse the other of a crime, like domestic abuse or rape. In other cases, witness testimony could be false despite the witness’ sincere belief they are correct. Humans are fallible, and their actions can lead to situations like yours.

    Indeed, the police can make mistakes, including mistaking a culprit for you. Likewise, faulty forensics, misleading evidence, and even clerical errors can lead you to be accused of a crime. There can also be intent behind it, with investigators deliberately manipulating a case or abusing their power.

    Our legal team can not only defend you but also conduct an investigation and even explore options for filing a civil suit against the police and/or others who mishandled your case. Most importantly, don’t believe that hiring a lawyer means you will look guilty. Get help when you need it.

  • Do I Need a Bondsman to Get Out of Jail?

    Not necessarily. Depending on how high your bail is set, you could pay it yourself without having to use a bail bondsman. However, if you don’t have enough money immediately on hand, a bondsman can post bail for you in exchange for a percentage of the bail amount, such as 10 percent.

    However, just as bail is designed to encourage you to show up for your court dates to make sure you don’t forfeit the money, a bail bondsman will want collateral. For instance, you may use your home or car as collateral for the bail bond. If you don’t make your court date, the bail bondsman can keep the property.

    For example, if your bond is set at $10,000, a bail bondsman can pay that amount in exchange for 10 percent, or $1,000. To cover the remaining $9,000, you may offer your car as collateral. If you show up at your court date, the bondsman gets their money back, your vehicle remains in your possession, and you have paid $1,000 instead of $10,000 to get out of jail.

  • What Should I Do After Criminal Charges Are Filed in Court?

    Once your charges are filed in court, you attend your arraignment, enter a plea, and post bail, our team can take over preparing for your trial. We will keep you updated on any developments or changes, as well as advise you on how to behave in court.

    Meanwhile, we’ll be busy compiling evidence, creating a plan of attack for our time in court, and working behind the scenes.

  • Will My Case Go to Trial?

    Maybe. It will depend on the charges, your plea, and whether we can make a deal to lessen your charges. You can rest assured that we will always pursue the path we think will benefit you most, whether your case goes to trial or not.

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What Our Clients Say About Us.

By far the best lawyers you could ask for. They completely alleviate you from any stress and hassles from your case and they always end up giving good news. I’m so happy I was able to utilize De Castroverde Accident & Injury Lawyers and would never consider going anywhere else. Craig Hendricks and his team are phenomenal.Gianna G.
Great experience. I have had two cases with them and they are very quick to respond with any questions. They notify me about everything that is going on with my case. They made it super easy and took a load off my back. I will be using them for all my future legal needs.Andrea G.
If you are looking for caring and excellent attorneys, I highly recommend Orlando De Castroverde and David Menocal. They are very experienced and care about their clients. I was recommended to them by a family member for a very difficult situation. They took care of everything and made me feel so relieved. They care about their clients. Theirs staff is great also. If you leave a message or request a call back they are quick to respond. Thank you for the awesome help from Orlando and David. I am truly grateful.Maria C.

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