Your Premier Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Las Vegas

A criminal charge in Las Vegas can carry harsh consequences. Depending on the offense, a conviction could lead to jail or prison time, heavy fines, the loss of your driver’s license, court-ordered counseling, and other forms of punishment. You could also lose your right to vote or carry a firearm. Then there are the long-lasting effects of a conviction on future job searches and personal relationships.

With so much at stake, it makes sense to get help from an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who will carefully handle your case and aggressively pursue the best possible outcome for you. At the Law Office of Joel M. Mann, we are committed to:

  • Fiercely protecting your rights during an investigation
  • Quickly seeking your release from custody for a reasonable bail amount
  • Analyzing the evidence against you and identifying weaknesses in the prosecution’s case
  • Pursuing relief for you through pretrial motions, including motions to exclude unlawfully obtained evidence and/or to dismiss the charges against you
  • Exploring your eligibility to enroll in a diversionary program, which may help you to avoid jail time (and keep a conviction off your record)
  • Negotiating with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for a plea offer that minimizes the consequences for you
  • Providing honest and strategic advice on whether you should accept a plea or go to trial
  • Fighting aggressively for you in the courtroom
  • Seeking the lightest punishment possible if a conviction is unavoidable
  • Handling post-trial matters for you, including appeals, writs, and the sealing of your criminal record

Joel has obtained dismissals, reduced charges, sentence reductions, and other forms of relief for numerous clients charged with crimes in Las Vegas. Contact us today to get started on your case. Or view Joel’s case results to learn how he has helped so many Nevada residents and out-of-state visitors secure positive outcomes.

About Joel M. Mann

Joel M. Mann is a graduate of the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He worked in the Clark County District Attorney’s Office early in his career before choosing to help those charged with crimes in Las Vegas and surrounding areas in Nevada.

In 2006, he launched The Law Office of Joel M. Mann, which is conveniently located at 601 South 7th Street in downtown Las Vegas. The firm focuses exclusively on criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels.

Joel assists Nevada residents and out-of-state visitors who are charged with traffic violations, misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors and felonies in state courts. He also helps those who face federal charges.

His criminal defense practice areas include:

Joel is proud to provide highly personalized representation to each client. He believes that every attorney-client relationship should operate as a partnership that is built on open and honest communication. And he considers a case a success only when his clients’ goals are met.

What Steps Should You Take If You Are Arrested in Las Vegas?

If the Nevada Highway Patrol, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department or another law enforcement agency arrests you in Las Vegas, you should take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Be polite. You will only create problems for yourself if you make things difficult for officers after they take you into custody. Be calm and polite, and simply follow instructions while you are being processed.
  • Remain silent. Although you should cooperate with police, you do not have to answer their questions or give a statement. Once in custody, you have a constitutional right to remain silent.
  • Invoke your right to an attorney. If you are in custody, you also have the right to an attorney. You should invoke that right immediately if police interview you or if you are brought before a judge in a Las Vegas court.
  • Be honest with your lawyer. In order to provide the best possible representation, your lawyer will need to know the facts about your history and the circumstances that led to your arrest. Confidentiality rules will protect any discussions you have with your lawyer.
  • Get a good understanding of your situation. Ask your lawyer to explain the nature of your charges, the prosecution’s evidence, and your potential defenses. You should also ask for a frank assessment of whether you should enter a plea or go to trial.
  • Do not talk about your case with others. Confidentiality rules protect discussions about your case with your spouse and your lawyer. However, those rules do not protect conversations with others, including other family members, friends, and people you connect with on social media. Refrain from talking about your case until it is resolved.
  • Unless your appearance is waived, attend all court dates. Unless your lawyer tells you otherwise, make sure that you make it on time to all scheduled court appearances. Missing a court date can result in a failure to appear charge.
  • Make the best choices for you and your loved ones. You may need to make major decisions at different stages in your case. Make sure you get full information and advice from your lawyer. Give every decision careful consideration and make the choices that you believe will best serve you, your family, and your future.

Was Your Friend or Family Member Arrested in Las Vegas?

If your friend or family member was arrested in Las Vegas, he or she is likely housed in one of two jails located within the city limits. (A jail is also located in nearby Henderson.) Here is how you can get basic information about them and communicate with them:

Clark County Detention Center
330 S. Casino Center Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89101

  • Inmate search – You can find information about a CCDC inmate such as pending court dates and bail amount by calling (702) 671-3900 or by using the jail’s inmate lookup system. You will need the inmate’s full name, identification number or case number.
  • Phone calls – You cannot call an inmate at the CCDC. However, if it is an emergency, you can call (702) 671-5700 and try to get through. CCDC inmates can make outgoing collect calls to land lines and to cell phones that have a pre-paid account set up. You can set up the account by calling CenturyLink Telecommunications at (888) 506-8407.
  • Visitation – To visit a CCDC inmate, you must go through a series of steps. First, you must register in person at the jail. When you register, you must present a valid photo ID and e-mail address. After you register, you must schedule a visit in advance. The visiting hours are 7:30-10:30 a.m. and 6:30-11:30 p.m. every day, with an additional 12:30-4:30 p.m. block on weekends. Visits are limited to three people and 50 minutes of time. See the jail’s website to make sure you follow the dress code and other guidelines.
  • Mail – You can write to your friend or family member at the above address. Make sure to include their name and identification number on the envelope. Go to the CCDC website to learn about restrictions on what inmates can receive by mail.

City of Las Vegas Detention Center

3300 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 890101

  • Inmate search – You can find information about a Las Vegas City Jail inmate by calling (702) 229-6444 or by using the facility’s inmate lookup system. You should have the inmate’s full name or identification number.
  • Phone calls – You cannot call an inmate at the jail. However, inmates can make outgoing collect calls to land lines. You can also set up an account for an inmate to call your cell phone. To set up the account, go to the ICSolutions website or call (888) 506-8407.
  • Visitation – You must get pre-approved to visit an inmate. First, the inmate must provide the full name and birth date of anyone who wishes to visit. You can call (702) 229-6099 to see if you are approved. When you visit, you must present a valid photo ID. Visits are limited to weekends, and visiting hours will depend on the inmate’s unit and whether they are in general population or isolation. See the website to view the available hours and to learn more about the jail’s dress code and visitor guidelines.
  • Mail – You can write to an inmate at the Las Vegas City Jail at the above address. You must put the inmate’s name and identification number on the envelope. You cannot send photos, care packages, books or magazines.

If your friend or family member at the Clark County Detention Center or Las Vegas City Jail needs legal assistance, get in touch with The Law Office of Joel M. Mann as soon as possible.

What Criminal Courts Serve Las Vegas?

To help his clients better understand the court system, Joel provides a thorough explanation of how the Nevada criminal process works, from arrest to sentencing. You can also check out this Clark County Criminal Justice flow chart.

The following are the courts that your case may go through if you or someone close to you is charged with an offense in Las Vegas:

Las Vegas Municipal Court
Regional Justice Center
200 Lewis Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 382-6878

This court presides over traffic violations, criminal misdemeanor offenses, municipal code ordinance infractions, and civil ordinance actions of $2,500 or less that occur within Las Vegas city limits.

Las Vegas Justice Court
Regional Justice Center
200 Lewis Avenue, 2nd Floor
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 671-3201

This court presides over misdemeanor cases that occur in unincorporated Clark County as well as preliminary hearings (including bail and probable cause hearings) in gross misdemeanor and felony cases before they are bound over to Clark County District Court.

Clark County District Court
Regional Justice Center
200 Lewis Avenue, 3rd Floor
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 671-4528

This court serves as the trial court for gross misdemeanor and felony cases that occur in Las Vegas and elsewhere within Clark County.

U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada (Las Vegas)
Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse
333 Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 464-5400

This court presides over federal criminal cases, which are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Southern Division of the court serves Clark County as well as Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye counties.

Get Help from an Experienced Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or someone close to you has been charged with a crime in Las Vegas or elsewhere in Clark County, get Joel on your side. He and his team can start working on your case immediately. Call The Law Office of Joel M. Mann today or reach us through our online form.