Do You Need a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer for a Friend or Family Member?

You can face intense pressure when a family member or friend gets arrested in Las Vegas. This is especially true if you are not from the area. You will need a trusted Nevada criminal defense attorney to protect your loved one’s rights during this difficult time.

As a longtime Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer, Joel M. Mann has extensive experience handling a wide range of cases, from life-changing felony charges to troublesome traffic violations.

He understands how nerve-racking it can be when a family member or friend is charged with a crime. He takes the time to discuss cases in-depth with his clients, focusing on their goals and desired outcomes.

If you need help for a friend or family member who has been arrested in Las Vegas, contact the Law Office of Joel M. Mann today. Our skilled legal team will get to work on the case immediately, fighting to protect your loved one’s rights and build a strong defense.

Contact us now to schedule a confidential consultation.

How Our Law Firm Can Help

Our Las Vegas criminal defense law firm handles a wide variety of cases, including felony charges, gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors and traffic violations. Our dedicated team works with adults and juveniles who face charges that could forever change their lives.

Some of the many criminal cases that our firm handles include:

We stand by our clients throughout the entire criminal defense process. We can fight for your loved one at trial, handle an appeal or help your loved one to get his or her criminal records sealed.

What to Expect from Your Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney

The Nevada criminal court system is complex. An experienced defense attorney such as Joel M. Mann can step in and protect your loved one at many different stages.

  • During the investigation – Whether your loved one goes in for questioning voluntarily or is taken into custody, he or she needs to have a lawyer in the room for any discussion with investigators. It is important that your loved one refrain from making any statements that could prove harmful down the line.
  • During the bail hearing – Your loved one needs a strong attorney who will argue for his or her release while the case is pending. Joel can make the argument that your loved one is not dangerous or a flight risk. He can request that a reasonable bail amount be set.
  • Before the trial/Pre-trial phase – Joel will examine every piece of evidence the prosecution has and identify any weaknesses and holes in the case. Joel will also retrace everything that has happened to your loved one and determine whether his or her rights were violated. This could result in pretrial motions to get evidence thrown out or charges dismissed.
  • During discussions about diversionary programs – If your loved one is a first-time drug offender and meets other eligibility requirements, Joel can work toward getting him or her into a Nevada Drug Court program. This could allow your loved one to avoid jail and have his or her charge(s) dismissed.
  • During plea agreement negotiations – Joel can negotiate with the prosecutor for the charges against your loved one to be reduced or dropped, or he can argue for a deal to minimize the punishment. The moves he makes will be based on how your loved one wants to proceed with the case.
  • In the courtroom – If your loved one’s case goes to court, he or she will need an attorney who has extensive courtroom experience. Joel is a veteran Las Vegas trial attorney. He is skilled at explaining complicated situations to juries, challenging prosecution evidence, cross-examining witnesses and presenting strong defense arguments.
  • At sentencing – If a conviction is unavoidable, Joel will continue the fight as the judge considers your loved one’s sentence. He will make every argument possible for a minimum sentence.
  • In post-trial matters – A good criminal defense attorney sticks with his client even after the trial is over. Joel can help your loved one with post-trial matters such as probation violations and motions to seal his or her criminal record. If your loved one needs to appeal a verdict, Joel is also qualified to manage appeals all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Because there are so many opportunities for our Las Vegas criminal defense attorney to make a difference in your loved one’s case, it is crucial that you contact us as soon as possible. We don’t want to miss any chances to help.

How Can You Get Information on a Person Who Has Been Arrested in Las Vegas?

If your friend or family member was arrested in or around Las Vegas, he or she was likely taken to one of the following facilities. You should go to each facility’s website in order to see specific visitation policies and hours.

You can search for your loved one on the center’s website or call the above number. Inmates can place collect calls to you from the jail. If you receive calls on a cell phone, you must set up a prepaid account. Inmates cannot receive calls. However, you can get information to your loved one in an emergency by calling (702) 671-5700. To visit an inmate, you must register in person. You will need an ID and e-mail address. You can schedule a visit online. Be sure to review the detention center’s rules on conduct and dress code for visitors.

  • City of Las Vegas Detention Center (“Las Vegas City Jail”)
    3300 Stewart Avenue
    Las Vegas, NV 89101
    (702) 229-6444

To search for an inmate, you can use the jail’s website or call the above number. As with CCDC, outsiders may not place phone calls to inmates at this site. However, you can set up a prepaid account that will allow your loved one to call you on your cell phone. You can arrange to visit your loved one by submitting his or her name and birth date to the jail’s administrators.  You will need to present a photo ID. You should note that City of North Las Vegas inmates currently are housed at the Las Vegas City Jail.

You can call the detention center or go online to find information about your friend or family member and how to speak with him or her by phone. The center’s website states that you can visit an inmate after the inmate is moved to a housing unit or after 24 hours in custody, whichever comes first. You must present an ID. Your visit will be limited to 20 minutes.

Penalties for Criminal Convictions in Nevada

The penalties your loved one may face will depend on the type of crime he or she is charged with. Nevada criminal law classified crimes into three categories:

  • Misdemeanors – A person convicted on a misdemeanor charge faces punishment of up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both. A court may order community service as an alternativ
  • Gross misdemeanors – Conviction on a gross misdemeanor charge carries punishment of up to 364 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000 or both.
  • Felonies – Felonies in Nevada fall under five categories. Those categories and potential punishment for them are:
    • Category A – Life sentence in prison or the death penalty.
    • Category B – A minimum sentence of one year in prison and a maximum term of 20 years.
    • Category C – A minimum sentence of one year in prison and a maximum term of five years. The sentence may also include a fine of up to $10,000.
    • Category D – A minimum sentence of one year in prison and a maximum term of four years. The sentence may also include a fine of up to $5,000.
    • Category E – A minimum sentence of one year in prison and a maximum term of four years. The court may grant probation instead of prison time under certain circumstances. In addition, the court may order a fine of up to $5,000.

At the Law Office of Joel M. Mann, we will aggressively argue for the charges against your loved one to be reduced or dropped. If necessary, we will continue to take a strong stance in the sentencing phase as we argue for the minimum penalty allowed.

Get Help for Your Loved One Now

Beyond the frightening prospect of being sentenced to prison or jail, a person who faces criminal charges risks a lifetime of unfair challenges if convicted. Even after a person has “paid the debt” to society, a conviction can hurt future job prospects, interfere with child custody issues and affect personal relationships for many years to come.

Let our dedicated Law Vegas criminal defense lawyer provide the aggressive representation your loved one deserves during this difficult time. Call or contact us online today to schedule a no-obligation, confidential case consultation. Learn how our team will put our extensive experience to work for your friend or family member.