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Criminal Process

Being arrested or issued a citation can be a confusing experience, especially if it is a person's first interaction with the criminal justice system. This is when the criminal process begins. This could mean months and sometimes years of handling criminal charges. However, each person facing criminal charges has the right to an attorney, no matter their situation.

It is one of the foundations of the legal system in the United States. No person has to face the complex criminal process alone. A person trained and skilled in criminal procedure can help that person make the best possible decisions and work to protect their future.  A criminal defense lawyer can work one-on-one with you from the moment you are arrested to the resolution of your case.

Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a criminal offense or issued a summons, having a skilled attorney can be beneficial. Call Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Jaeger at (702) 816-3888 to schedule a free initial consultation and learn more about how you can protect your future. He works with clients throughout Clark County.

Jeffrey Jaeger is able to assist clients with a broad range of issues pertaining to criminal procedure, including:

Jeffrey is a co-author of Westlaw’s Courtroom Handbook of Nevada Evidence, a guide used by Nevada lawyers and judges.  As an attorney, he uses his extensive knowledge of criminal procedure to help clients make educated and informed decisions concerning their charges. He is passionate about advocating on behalf of his clients, and he will do what it takes to secure a favorable outcome.


Overview of Criminal Procedure in Clark County


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Arrests and Summons in Nevada

The criminal process in Nevada can begin in different scenarios, including when a law enforcement officer makes an arrest. This could happen in a variety of ways, including during a traffic stop, while in a public place, or after an officer is called to a location.

According to Nevada Revised Statute 171.124, a peace officer may arrest a person with or without a warrant in the following scenarios:

  • For a public offense committed or attempted in the officer's presence;
  • When a person arrested has committed a felony or gross misdemeanor not in the officer's presence;
  • When a felony or gross misdemeanor has been committed and the officer has reasonable cause to believe the person arrested committed the offense; or
  • When a warrant has been issued for the person's arrest.

When a person is arrested, the officer must read the suspect his or her Miranda Rights. This is to inform the person he or she has the right to remain silent and anything they say could potentially be used against them. It also informs them of their right to a lawyer throughout the critical stages of the criminal process.

The criminal process could also begin when a person is issued a citation. This is a type of summons that likely would be issued in minor cases, such as a traffic violation. The document would inform the person of his or her court date and time. If the person fails to appear, a warrant could be issued for his or her arrest.


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First Appearance

After an arrest, the next step could be an arraignment or a person's first appearance in court. This typically would happen with 48 hours of an arrest if the person is in custody and cannot bail out of jail. If a person was issued a citation, his or her first appearance may not be for weeks after the original citation date.

During this appearance, the judge formally recites the charges against the person and he or she would be allowed an opportunity to enter a plea.  A plea could be guilty, which is considered an admission to the charges, or not guilty, which is a denial of the charges. If a person pleads not guilty, he or she would be given another court date. This would be for another type or hearing or for trial.

An attorney can be present throughout the arraignment process and appear alongside his or her client. This would be crucial when entering a plea. Having knowledgeable legal guidance can help you make an educated decision that could lead to a favorable outcome in your case.


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Criminal Trial and Sentencing

If a case is not dismissed or a plea agreement cannot be reached, the case would proceed to trial. Before this occurs, the defendant can argue against any evidence the prosecution wants to present. Having an attorney who is capable of challenging the evidence through motions to suppress would be critical.

The trial could either be a trial by judge or a trial by jury. In a trial by judge, the prosecution and the defense will present their cases to a judge who ultimately will decide whether the accused is guilty or not guilty. A trial by jury could be a little more complicated.

In these instances, both sides would use evidence to present their arguments to a panel of people chosen to serve as jurors. Both parties can call and cross-examine witnesses during this time. After both sides have presented their cases, the jury would deliberate to determine if the person is guilty or not guilty.

If the jury finds the person not guilty, he or she would be released. However, if the person is found guilty, the next phase would be sentencing. Depending on the offense, a person could be sentenced to jail, prison, probation, a rehabilitation program, community service, or another court program.


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Finding A Criminal Defense Lawyer in Clark County

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Nevada, understanding each step of the criminal process is critical in obtaining favorable results. Contact Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Jaeger for effective legal guidance. Jeffrey can put his extensive knowledge of the criminal process to work for you. Call (702) 816-3888 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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