When accused of committing a violent crime, the stakes are high and your future could be affected. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer looking out for you, helping you interact with law enforcement and navigating you through the criminal justice system.
At Hofland & Tomsheck, our Las Vegas violent crimes attorneys have more than a decade of experience representing those who have been accused of criminal acts. We’ll work to help you achieve the best outcome possible given the circumstances leading up to the accusation that you have committed a violent crime. Call or contact us online today to find a lawyer who can defend and protect you and who can answer important questions such as:
- What are the potential penalties for a violent crime in Las Vegas?
- What should I do if I’ve been accused of a violent crime?
- How can a Las Vegas violent crimes attorney help me?
The penalties for a violent crime in Las Vegas are going to vary depending upon the specific criminal act you have been accused of. Penalties are usually much more serious for violent crimes than for so-called victimless violations of the law, and you may be facing felony charges.
Violent crimes can range from robbing someone using a weapon, to assault and battery, to sexual offenses, and murder. You could be sentenced to a lifetime term of incarceration and/or could be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life for the most serious of violent crimes.
In some cases, a violent crime will even have a mandatory minimum sentence. This means that if you are convicted, the judge has little leeway in your case and you could end up going to jail for a long time even if there were extenuating circumstances.What to Do If You Are Accused of a Violent Crime
If you are accused of a violent crime, you need to be careful in all interactions with the police, as law enforcement will be looking for evidence to use against you. An experienced Las Vegas violent crimes attorney can help you when answering police questions to ensure you do not incriminate yourself.
When you are arrested, you will be arraigned and asked whether you plead guilty or not guilty. Bail will be set and you could be released until trial or you could be forced to remain incarcerated until your trial ends. In some cases, an experienced Las Vegas violent crimes lawyer may be able to get evidence kept out of court (suppressed) if it was illegally collected. If a prosecutor has insufficient evidence or there are problems with the evidence, then your attorney may be able to get the charges against you dropped.
If your case does go forward, you will either need to negotiate a plea bargain with a prosecutor or take a chance and hope the jury believes there is reasonable doubt as to your guilt. A Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer can explore all potential defenses and arguments against conviction, and can negotiate with a prosecutor on your behalf to try to reduce the charges and potential penalties you face.How Can a Las Vegas Violent Crimes Lawyer Help?
A Las Vegas violent crimes attorney at Hofland & Tomsheck will help you make smart and informed decisions in all interactions with police and the criminal justice system. From protecting your constitutional rights to exploring defenses and introducing doubt about your guilt, our attorneys provide invaluable services to clients accused of criminal acts.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your case.