Las Vegas Criminal Lawyer

Being placed under arrest and charged with a crime can be confusing and challenging. You likely have a lot of questions about what happens next. You may be worried about going to jail, paying a fine, losing your job, and jeopardizing your personal and professional relationships. These are common fears, regardless of the nature of the crime and the possible penalties you may face.

When your freedom is at stake, you need a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who understands your situation and has the experience and knowledge necessary to provide a strong defense. Since 2006, the Law Office of Joel M. Mann has served clients in the Las Vegas area who need violent crimes legal representation, theft and fraud defense services, and help with a wide range of other criminal defense needs. Reach out today to get started with a free consultation with an experienced lawyer from our criminal defense law firm.

Immediate Help Available

If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime in Las Vegas NV, you can’t afford to wait around for an attorney to answer your call. You need help immediately.

Facing criminal charges can be overwhelming — you don’t need the additional stress of being uncertain about what to expect from the legal process. I’m passionate about representing clients and helping them through what may be one of the most significant challenges they have ever experienced. I believe a positive attorney-client relationship is rooted in availability, approachability, and strong, clear communication.

The Law Office of Joel M. Mann handles felony and misdemeanor charges related to a broad range of cases, including:

  • DUI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Theft Crimes
  • Property Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • Weapons Charges
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Fraud
  • Casino Debts

Whether you need a drug charges defense attorney, a sex crimes defense lawyer, or a white-collar crime attorney in Las Vegas, I’m prepared to guide you through the complexities of the Nevada criminal process and fight for your rights and freedom. I’ll help you understand the charges you’re facing, the possible penalties, and the potential felony charges defense strategies we may be able to employ depending on the available evidence.

One of the most significant sources of stress for many people accused of crimes is the thought of paying for the legal representation they need. That’s why I use a flat fee structure for your peace of mind — and the initial consultation to discuss your case is always free.

How a Criminal Lawyer Can Help

Working with a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney offers the best possibility of protecting your legal rights and improving your situation, whether through reduced charges, lesser penalties, or even the dismissal of your charges. Any of these would be considered a favorable outcome, and my approach is to always pursue the most favorable outcome in your case.

I do this by providing personalized attention from the moment you contact me to arrange a consultation and discuss your legal situation. I’m here to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and understand what’s at stake for you. Every criminal case is unique — I want to know what causes you the greatest worry about your charges so I can effectively address your concerns and help you understand your path forward.

I’m proud to bring over two decades of legal experience to every case, including experience arguing and winning cases before the Nevada Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Additionally, I’ve been sworn in before the U.S. Supreme Court, a rare distinction for criminal lawyers in Nevada.

Along the way, I’ve successfully secured acquittals, dismissals, and reduced sentences for numerous clients. My membership in the Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the National Organization of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National College for DUI Defense and my being named a Nevada Super Lawyer every year since 2011 speak to my commitment to the principles of criminal defense.

Since your life is on the line, you should have a say in the direction of your case. I can advise you of your various options throughout the process. How you decide to move forward will ultimately be up to you.

What Should I Do If I’m Questioned by Police or Arrested?

If you’re approached by the police for questioning or placed under arrest, you aren’t obligated to speak to them. You have the constitutional right to remain silent. Remember that if you speak with the police,

anything you say can be used against you. Remaining silent is within your rights and offers significant protection.

You also have the right to have an attorney present for questioning. If an officer starts asking you questions, ask for an attorney. This is usually sufficient to get them to pause their attempts at questioning you, but they may persist. If this happens, keep asking for your attorney.

The police may attempt to question you in contexts other than during an arrest. They may call you or show up at your door and say they have a few questions they hope you can answer. Even if the threat of arrest doesn’t seem imminent, you should not answer their questions without having an attorney present. If they’re asking you questions, it’s likely because they have reason to believe you’ve committed a crime.

In all interactions with the police, remain calm and respectful. Avoid saying anything until your Las Vegas criminal defense attorney is present and able to advise you.

What to Do If a Loved One Is Charged with a Crime

Learning that a friend or loved one has been arrested is scary. You’re likely very upset and may not know what to do next. Understanding what to do, though, is important. This is a crucial time, and taking the proper steps will help protect your loved one, while taking the wrong steps may hurt their case.

Keep Your Reaction Calm

It’s natural to become visibly upset after hearing that a loved one has been arrested. You may not understand what happened or might become frustrated knowing they are not guilty.

Although you will have many thoughts running through your head and many emotions will surface, you must remain calm. You’ll need to speak to many officials, such as police officers, which is much easier if you can stay calm. Officers and anyone you talk with will be much more willing to help you if you can keep a cool head.

Find Out Where They Are

You may not know what county or jurisdiction your loved one was in during the arrest. This can make locating them more difficult. Contact your loved one’s friends, employer, and anyone who knows their whereabouts. This will determine which police department to call.

Whether you call the local jail or visit in person, the desk officer can tell you if the individual was processed through that particular precinct. Even if the individual hasn’t been taken to jail, an arrest record should still exist so officers will be aware of the arrest.

Ask What the Charges Are

Police cannot arrest someone without probable cause. Once an officer has confirmed that your loved one has been arrested and processed, ask what the charges are. This can help you better understand the situation and determine your next steps. Then, ask to see your loved one.

Tell Them Not to Talk to Anyone Other Than an Attorney

Seeing your loved one can help relieve your fears and confirm they are OK. However, when you see your loved one, it’s most important to tell them not to say anything to the police. They should only make statements to an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Anything they say can be held against them in the future, which could prove harmful to their case. For this reason, it’s important not to ask them about the alleged crime when you do get to see them.

Criminal Defense FAQs

What Should You Do If Charged With a Crime?

Talk to an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible if you have been arrested or charged with a crime. Getting legal help is critical to ensure a defendant’s rights are protected. A person may be charged with a crime before they are arrested. If this happens, a judge will issue a warrant for the person’s arrest. If the police find you, they will arrest you. The police must give you a copy of the warrant that states the charge for which you are being detained.

Regardless of why you are arrested, you must know that you have the constitutional right to:

  • Remain silent
  • Have a criminal defense lawyer represent you

Before you make any statement to a police officer, make sure you or a family member contact a criminal defense attorney. We will make sure your rights are fully protected. If you were denied these rights at any time, your criminal defense lawyer needs to know this. Your statements may be misconstrued if you decide to speak to law enforcement. This means they will likely be used against you. Your side of the story can best be told through your attorney.

Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

You should hire an attorney if you are being charged with a crime. A good attorney will be your best chance to reduce charges, secure a lesser penalty, or even have your charges dismissed altogether. The cost of an attorney is far less than the cost of having a criminal record.

When Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

It would be best to have an attorney when you get arrested. While this is usually impossible, you should attempt to speak to an attorney as soon as you are released after arrest. This is especially true if you are facing a more serious criminal allegation. In most cases, however, you will be released and receive a date for your arraignment. An arraignment is a hearing in which you hear the crimes you are being charged with and are given a chance to plead guilty or not guilty. You may have the opportunity to meet with the prosecutor. It would be beneficial for you to have an attorney with you at this point.

Is it Better to Hire a Local Attorney?

Trusting your case to a local attorney has many advantages. A local Las Vegas criminal attorney will most likely have experience with local courts, giving them the privilege of better understanding the local court rules than a visiting attorney.

Can a Lawyer Appear on My Behalf in Court?

Depending on your criminal charge, your attorney may or may not appear in court without you.

I will not pass your case to a paralegal if you hire me. I will be handling your defense from start to finish. With every client, I make sure to;

  • Thoroughly explain your charges and possible defenses
  • Return your calls and answer your questions
  • Listen closely to you and understand your goals
  • Work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you
  • Protect your rights during the criminal investigation
  • Seek your release from custody
  • Demand and analyze the prosecution’s evidence
  • Pursue relief for you through pretrial motions
  • Explore your diversionary program options
  • Negotiate a fair plea agreement
  • Advise you on whether to accept a plea bargain or go to trial
  • Fight aggressively for you In the courtroom
  • Minimize your punishment and jail time
  • Handle all post-trial matters

I will be right by your side, fighting for you and protecting your rights at every stage of the criminal process. Don’t wait to get help. Get your defense started today. Call or reach me online for a free consultation.

How to Find the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer Near Me

The best criminal defense attorneys generally have the following traits:


You want to be able to reach your lawyer when you have questions. I understand the importance of your case, and I’m there when you need me.

Handles Criminal Defense Cases Exclusively

Some attorneys are considered “general practice” lawyers, meaning they take on cases involving various areas of the law. For example, they might handle criminal defense, family law, personal injury, and business law cases. However, these types of lawyers may not have the same breadth of knowledge and experience that comes with focusing on just one area of the law. At the Law Office of Joel M. Mann, we focus exclusively on criminal law. You benefit from our laser focus.

Experience with Local Las Vegas and Nevada Courts

Top criminal defense attorneys will have experience working with other legal professionals in the community, such as local prosecutors. I represent clients in all of Nevada’s state and federal trial and appeals courts, so I often interact with other members of the legal community you might come in contact with. I have been practicing law for over 20 years, so I have come to know all of the players involved in the criminal justice system.

Legal Knowledge

Many criminal defense lawyers charge by the hour. The more time they put into your case, the more money you will likely have to pay. However, you don’t want to pay for them to obtain a basic understanding of Nevada law, such as what a warrant covers, how to prepare for a bail hearing, or the possible penalty for a crime. They should know the basics and be able to answer your questions about applicable law where they have experience.

I have a strong understanding of the legal issues that affect my clients. I also keep up with the latest developments through my memberships in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College for DUI Defense, and Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

Trial Experience

If you are facing criminal charges, it is important that you work with a criminal defense lawyer who has experience in handling jury trials rather than simply pleads out all cases. Seasoned criminal defense attorneys should be willing to take their case to a jury trial when the situation calls for it. If a prosecutor knows a lawyer never goes to trial, they will have little incentive to make a fair offer for a plea bargain. Trial lawyers have specific legal skills they can employ to challenge evidence and persuade judges and juries that the prosecution has not met its evidentiary burden. They can also develop a record in your case in case an appeal becomes necessary.

Clear Fee Structure

When you hire a lawyer, you will want to know how much it will cost. You should get a transparent fee structure in a written fee agreement. I provide a flat fee structure that lets you know how much my services will cost without worrying about the final cost. I also offer a free consultation so that you can speak to a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer before you pay anything.


Good criminal defense lawyers are passionate about protecting the rights of the accused. They demand that law enforcement obey the laws they are sworn to uphold. They ensure prosecutors are held to the highest standards of the American legal system. When you decide to hire me, I listen to you to get to know you and understand your goals. I protect your rights at every stage of the case.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney for Immediate Legal Help

If you’re facing criminal charges in Las Vegas, the Law Office of Joel M. Mann is here to help you navigate the complex Nevada criminal process. I’m committed to providing a personalized experience as we work together to pursue the most favorable outcome possible in your case.

I understand how difficult and stressful it can be to face criminal charges, and I know how much you have at stake. I aim to keep the process transparent, beginning with the free initial consultation and continuing through negotiations, court proceedings, and the post-trial phase.

Contact the Law Office of Joel M. Mann today for your free consultation. I look forward to learning about your case, understanding your goals, addressing your concerns, and helping you understand your legal options.