The reality of being arrested and accused of a crime can leave you feeling confused and frightened. Not knowing where to start and how to defend yourself and struggling with the imposed time limits, is overwhelming.
The Las Vegas criminal lawyers at Piet & Wright understand your concerns and have handled many cases defending the rights of the accused. In addition to the defense of your case, the law firm of Piet & Wright handles cases involving wrongful conviction and police brutality.
Our experienced attorneys have the knowledge to answers all of your questions regarding Felony and Misdemeanor charges in cases such as Murder, Sexual Assault, Arson, Armed Robbery, DUI, Battery, Appeals and many more.
If you seek to prove your innocence and defend yourself against criminal charges or bring law enforcement to justice following a police brutality situation, contact Piet & Wright today! Call the office at 702-566-1212 or fill out the online contact form
First and foremost, we prepare every client’s case for trial, rather than rushing to accept a plea bargain. Extensive preparation, combined with a willingness to do what is necessary on behalf of our clients, goes a long way. Although the vast majority of cases do not ultimately go to trial, our belief is that preparation plus hard work equals great results.
A misdemeanor in Nevada is a less serious crime carrying with it possible jail time of less than one year and/or a fine of up to $1 000 plus penalties and assessments. Although generally considered minor, a Nevada misdemeanor should be taken seriously because, if convicted, it results in your having a criminal record.
Under certain circumstances, a misdemeanor may be charged as a felony, depending on the following factors, including:
- The seriousness of the crime
- Injuries to the victim
- The defendant’s prior criminal record
In addition, when certain prior criminal offenses exist on the defendant’s record at the time of misdemeanor arrest, the chances of having the current offense elevated to a felony are much greater.
Criminal offenses that increase the risk of having your misdemeanor elevated to a felony, include:
- Petty Theft / Shoplifting
- Domestic Violence
- Violation of a Domestic Violence Order
- Drunk Driving (DUI / DWI) with 3 prior charges in 10 years
- Indecent Exposure
- Loaded Firearm in a Public Place
- Receipt of Stolen Property
- A misdemeanor will likely show up on a background check
- Being accused of a misdemeanor or convicted of one can have devastating effects in the life of the accused
- In some cases, a misdemeanor can be raised to the level of a felony
Misdemeanor Sentencing and Punishment
For misdemeanor charges, the range of Nevada sentencing may include jail time, probation, fines, and/or community service. One of the skilled criminal defense attorneys at Madsen & Wright can assist in an alternative or reduced sentence for the accused.
- With Jail Time – In some cases jail time may be served under House Arrest or weekends in a private jail
- Without Jail Time – For less severe offenses, probation may be given without any jail time
- Counseling or supervised anger management classes
- Restitution – The court may order financial compensation to the victim by the defendant
- Fines – Fines vary from $200 to $2 000 in court-ordered fines
- Stay-Away Orders -The court may order the defendant to have no contact with certain persons and locations
For misdemeanor crimes, one of the experienced Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers from Piet & Wright can make the difference between going to jail and staying out of jail.
If you have been notified by the prosecutor’s office that you are being charged with a misdemeanor, contact us immediately at 702-566-1212 or online here