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Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer

You may have heard "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." For criminal charges, though, there is nothing more false. If you are one of Clark County's 2 million residents, this is where you live and work. If you are one of the 40 million people who pass through Las Vegas every year, even a minor criminal charge can follow you home through background checks, driver's license suspensions, extradition and more.

If you are charged with a crime in Las Vegas, it's important that you exercise your right to an attorney of your choice. Your lawyer can fight for you against the charges and seek the best possible results. It's also important that you pick an aggressive attorney with the right experience to understand the courts and the opposition, develop the strongest strategy for your specific case, and give it the personal attention it deserves.

I'm the same attorney who you hire and who will represent you. Other experienced lawyers sign up the client and then hand the case off to an associate lawyer who is right out of law school. I'm the only attorney in my practice because I believe it's the quality of the representation and not the quantity of clients a firm has that matters. My practice is exclusively criminal defense. - Michael Pariente

Mr. Pariente on Fox 5 News Las Vegas.

Aggressive Representation After an Arrest in Clark County, NV

Michael Pariente is a former prosecutor and federal public defender who now exclusively fights for the rights of those accused of crimes in the Las Vegas area. Whether you are a long-time resident of Henderson or a guest on the Vegas Strip, Michael Pariente has the experience it takes to represent you and defend you against the charges you face.

At some criminal defense firms, your case will be farmed out to a less knowledgeable associate. When you go to Pariente Law Firm, P.C., you are guaranteed the full attention of an attorney who has been on the other side of criminal cases as an assistant district attorney, and who has spent the past decade and a half defending those accused of breaking the law. Michael Pariente is able and prepared to take your cases in Nevada state and federal courts.

Call 702-966-5310 today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case. Pariente Law Firm, P.C. represents people charged anywhere in the Las Vegas region, including North Las Vegas, Henderson, Paradise and anywhere in Clark County.

A Former Prosecutor Who Fights For the Accused Las Vegas

Michael Pariente earned his juris doctor at Baylor University in Texas, where he remains licensed to practice. He served as an assistant district attorney, where he prosecuted those accused of crimes. He then became a federal public defender, representing people charged in federal court.

In 2005, armed with experience on both sides of the criminal court as a prosecutor and defense attorney and in both the Nevada and federal systems, Michael Pariente founded Pariente Law Firm, P.C., a criminal defense firm for those facing criminal accusations. Mr. Pariente personally handles every aspect of his clients' cases, ensuring that each gets the full attention it deserves.  Mr. Pariente has taken cases all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

Michael Pariente is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Nevada Association of Criminal Justice. He teaches continuing legal education courses on immigration consequences of criminal convictions and has given lectures at the University of Nevada  Las Vegas (UNLV) on the right to a jury trial. He also speaks to local public school students about being a criminal defense attorney.

Defending Your Rights When Facing Criminal Charges

In any criminal accusation, the prosecutor must prove every element of the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt. That means he or she must completely convince the jury that, other than some far-fetched scenario, what the prosecution says happened is absolutely the truth.

The defense attorney does not have to prove anything. He does not have to prove that you are innocent. His job is to show the reasonable doubt that exists in the prosecution's case by calling into question the evidence against you and introducing evidence that weakens the prosecutor's case.

For example, you may face domestic violence accusations based on exaggerated claims by the victim. Your lawyer will vigorously cross-examine him or her, exposing the inconsistencies in his or her testimony. If the jury does not completely believe the victim, they may have to acquit.

Las Vegas criminal lawyers have the important job of protecting your rights. You have the right, found in the Fourth Amendment, to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures. Police must have sufficient probable cause and carefully follow procedures to collect evidence. If they don't, the evidence may be thrown out, leaving the prosecution with little evidence.

For instance, if you face drug charges, the primary evidence is often the drugs themselves, usually found as a result of a search by police. If police failed to meet the standards required for the search, your lawyer can point out the violation of your rights and move to have the evidence suppressed. Without this key evidence, prosecutors may be forced to reduce your charges, or drop them altogether.

Experienced and Licensed to Practice in Nevada and Federal Courts

When you are arrested by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department or the Nevada Highway Patrol, it is usually for an alleged violation of Nevada state law. In any such matter, you will face charges in District Court, and, if convicted, may be sentenced to time in a state prison run by the Nevada Department of Corrections or the Clark County Jail. Most crimes prosecuted in the Las Vegas area are for breaking state law.

However, the United States government also has criminal statutes pertaining to drugs, fraud, racketeering and many other crimes. If accused of violating one of these laws, you will face charges in the federal U.S. District Court of Nevada. If convicted, you may spend time in federal prison — which, despite the myth you may have heard, is not a "country club." It is a sometimes dangerous place where you will be totally deprived of liberty.

If you face federal charges, your lawyer must be licensed in the appropriate federal court to represent you there. Michael Pariente is both licensed and experienced in the U.S. District Court of Nevada, and can fight for you if you face federal charges.

A Local Criminal Defense Attorney for Vegas Strip Visitors

There are millions of out-of-state and out-of-country guests in Las Vegas, and they often find themselves the subject of criminal accusations. If you are a tourist who was arrested in Las Vegas and released on bail, it may be tempting to skip town and not look back.

Do not ignore criminal charges. If you skip a court date, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. It will not go away on its own. At best, it may show up on background searches, telling potential employers, lenders and others that you are a person on the lam. At worst, you could be extradited, a time-consuming, expensive and painful process where you will be put in custody at your home and forcibly taken back to Nevada.

An offense in Las Vegas can have other consequences back home. For instance, if you refused or failed a DUI test, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles will report it back to your home state, and you may face consequences, like license suspension, there.

Michael Pariente can represent you in Clark County courts on your out-of-state criminal charge. You may even be spared a costly trip back to Las Vegas.

Finding the Best Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Charges

If you face criminal charges in Las Vegas, you can have an experienced advocate fighting for you, seeking to have your charges reduced or dismissed and exposing the reasonable doubt in your case. Not all criminal defense lawyers in Las Vegas are made equal. Michael Pariente is a former prosecutor and federal public defender proud to represent those accused of crimes in Clark County, in both Nevada and federal court. If you face charges, call Pariente Law Firm, P.C. today at 702-966-5310 to schedule a free consultation.