What is Probable Cause?

The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures and generally requires probable cause to support a warrant, conduct a search, or make an arrest. In Illinois v. Gates, the United States Supreme Court held that probable cause is a “practical, non-technical” standard that calls upon the “factual and practical considerations of everyday life […]

The arrest process in Clark County, Nevada

An arrest is the taking of a person into custody in the manner authorized by law and may be made by a peace officer (cop) or a private person. When probable cause exists, an officer may arrest you. This can be done through a previously obtained arrest warrant, right after the alleged crime occurred, and […]

What is an arraignment?

An arraignment is a hearing where the defendant is read the charges brought by the prosecution in accordance with the Sixth Amendment. This is usually when Your Defenders at Law criminal defense attorneys receive a copy of the criminal complaint and some of the discovery. Discovery is the evidence against you and includes, among other […]

The Preliminary Hearing

A preliminary hearing is where the prosecution must prove that there is probable cause that you are probably the person who committed the crime. A preliminary hearing resembles a miniature trial where the state presents evidence against you. Preliminary hearings are held in justice court for gross misdemeanor and felony cases. The burden of proof […]

Courtroom Etiquette.

The way you look makes an impression on the judge. If you are out of custody, it is important to choose what you wear carefully. If you have been arrested for a drug charge, do not wear a shirt with a marijuana leaf. If you have been arrested for solicitation, then do not show up […]