Anyone charged with a violent crime needs — and has the Constitutional right to — a strong and dedicated legal defense. The Las Vegas violent crimes attorneys of Adras & Altig have more than a decade of experience successfully fighting for the rights of people accused of these serious crimes. We know there is more than one side to any story of conflict between people. We also know how to take every opportunity to exploit weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. We will develop a smart legal defense strategy aimed at getting the charges against you reduced or dropped. We also fight fiercely for minimum penalties if a conviction is unavoidable.
If you have been arrested for a violent crime in Las Vegas or greater Clark County, Nevada, contact Adras & Altig as soon as possible. If you are being held, we will move quickly to work on securing your release. Our team will also launch an independent investigation into your case and develop a strong defense to fight for your rights and your future.
Schedule a free consultation with our compassionate team of Las Vegas major crime defense lawyers now. Our law firm is committed to being available and responsive, and we treat clients with the respect and understanding they deserve.
How Our Attorneys Fight Violent Crime Charges
The consequences of a conviction or even an arrest for a violent crime can be life-changing for the accused. Yet, there are many reasons a wrongful arrest and conviction may occur. They include but are certainly not limited to:
- False accusations
- Mistaken identity
- False witness testimony
- Faulty or fabricated evidence
- Faulty forensic testing methods and conclusions (particularly regarding DNA evidence)
- Incriminating statements made by defendants
- Police and prosecutorial misconduct
- Racism and socio-economic class bias
At Adras & Altig, we believe any charge alleging a crime of violence must be fought vigorously. Whether state or federal, prosecutors have the burden of establishing guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before they can win a conviction. We make sure they never find it an easy task.
We will thoroughly and tirelessly investigate your case with the objective of countering and refuting allegations and evidence against you. We will work to:
- Find flaws and/or contradictions in the prosecution’s case
- Identify witnesses who can testify in your favor
- Cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses
- Consult with experts who can test the validity of the prosecution’s evidence
Our criminal defense team will make sure you understand what to expect from the legal process, and we will respond promptly to your questions and concerns. It is crucial to us, as well as to your defense, that you know you have someone on your side you can completely trust.
As your defense attorneys, we will have several opportunities to fight for the charges against you to be reduced or dropped, and we may be able to avoid even going to court. We will promptly advise you about any plea bargain offers from the prosecution.
Negotiating any type of deal that benefits the defendant requires a positive professional relationship with local prosecutors and judges. It also requires a full understanding of Nevada criminal laws, as well as a willingness to work diligently to find solutions that fit each client’s unique case.
Our Las Vegas violent crimes lawyers have successfully defended Nevada residents and visitors from out of state against serious charges for more than a decade. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.
What Are Violent Crimes and ‘Crimes Against the Person’ in Nevada?
Violent crimes, or crimes against the person, are generally illegal acts that involve force and bodily harm or threat of force against an individual. They command the harshest penalties society allows.
However, regardless of the nature of the crime being alleged, every defendant has the right to a zealous legal defense and deserves the presumption of innocence unless guilt can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The dedicated Las Vegas violent crime lawyers at Adras & Altig fight to protect the rights of those who have been charged with:
- Homicide (Murder, Manslaughter). Nevada allows the death penalty or life in prison without parole for a first-degree murder conviction, which is a Category A felony. First-degree murder is willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing. All other kinds of murder are second-degree murder, which is punishable by life in prison or a definite term of 25 years with eligibility for parole after 10 years have been served. Manslaughter is unlawfully killing a person without malice or deliberation — an accident, in many cases. Voluntary manslaughter (having been provoked to harm the victim) is punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Involuntary manslaughter (killing with no intention to harm) is punishable by 1 to 4 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Sexual Assault. The crime of rape — forcing another person into “sexual penetration” — can result in a life sentence without parole or 15 years to life. Nevada law provides for multiple other sexual assault offenses, such as sexual assault against a child (including luring a child over the Internet), by a teacher against a pupil, a spouse against a spouse, etc., all of which are punishable by lengthy prison terms and fines.
- Kidnapping. Holding or confining a person against his or her will “by any means whatsoever” is kidnapping under Nevada law. The charge does not require seeking ransom or holding the person for any specified length of time. First-degree kidnapping, which includes seeking ransom, or holding a person to rob, assault, or sexually assault them, is punishable by life without parole. Second-degree kidnapping is punishable by 2 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
- Robbery. Taking another person’s property by force, violence, or fear of injury is a Category B felony punishable by a minimum term of 2 years and a maximum of 15 years in prison. Use of a deadly weapon while committing robbery (armed robbery), is punishable by an additional 1 to 20 years in prison.
Note that use of a deadly weapon while committing murder, first-degree kidnapping, sexual assault, or robbery may result in an additional 1 to 20 years in prison.
- Assault and Battery. Assault is attempting to use force against another person or putting a person in fear of bodily harm. Battery (including domestic battery) is the actual use of force or violence against another person. There are many variations to assault and battery charges based on the amount of harm and whom harm is inflicted upon. If a deadly weapon is involved, a conviction can result in 1 to 6 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
- Abuse and Neglect of Children. “Abuse or neglect” means physical or mental injury that is not accidental, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, negligent treatment, or maltreatment of a child under the age of 18. If a court finds substantial bodily harm or mental harm, a prison sentence of 2 to 20 years may be imposed. If the case involves a child under age 14 and sexual abuse or exploitation, the sentence could be life in prison, with possibility of parole after 15 years.
- Abuse and Neglect of Elderly or Vulnerable Persons. Nevada law makes it illegal to abuse, neglect, exploit, isolate, or abandon older and vulnerable people. An older person is 60 years old or older. A vulnerable person is someone 18 years old or older with mental or physical disability that restricts their ability to perform normal activities of daily living. Abandonment is withholding or neglecting care required by an elderly or vulnerable person. A first offense is a gross misdemeanor, but a second offense is punishable by 2 to 6 years in prison. If substantial bodily or mental harm or death occurs, a penalty of 2 to 20 years in prison is possible, unless circumstances allow a more severe penalty.
- Harassment and Stalking. Threatening harm to a person or his or her property is harassment, and stalking is engaging in a course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, harassed, or fearful for their own or a family member’s safety. If the perpetrator actually threatens harm, the charge is elevated to aggravated stalking and is punishable by 2 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Harassment and stalking online, or via email or texts, is a Category C felony punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Prosecutors in Nevada take an aggressive stance against defendants charged with violent crimes, and penalties for conviction are harsh.
It is crucial to speak with an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after being arrested for a violent crime. Schedule a free consultation with our law office today to begin the preparation of a case for protecting your freedom.
Violent Crimes on the Federal Level
Our law firm frequently defends clients against charges involving federal crimes of violence. Federal crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement such as the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). They are prosecuted by United States attorneys in federal courts before federal judges.
Violent crimes specifically investigated and prosecuted by federal authorities include:
- Airplane Hijacking
- Bank Robbery
- Bombing Matters
- Domestic Terrorism
- Hate Crime Acts
- Hostage Taking
- Sex Trafficking
- Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction
- Violence at International Airports
- Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering Activity
Federal crimes in Nevada are prosecuted in federal district court in Las Vegas or Reno.
Any crime committed on federal property may be prosecuted as a federal crime. A conviction on federal charges typically puts the defendant at risk for punishment that is more severe than Nevada state law provides.
Talk to Our Las Vegas Violent Crimes Attorneys Now
If you or a loved one has been charged with committing a violent crime in Clark County, Nevada, do not wait to contact our seasoned Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys. Violent crimes carry severe penalties, and prosecutors have professional and political motivations to seek the stiffest sentences possible.
Meet with our violent crime attorneys for a free evaluation of your case and legal options. Our law firm can provide the vigorous defense you need to protect your rights.