Criminal Defense FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions Answered by an Experienced Nevada Criminal Defense Attorney

Few people expect to face criminal charges during their lifetime. Many individuals who are arrested are not career criminals but are everyday people caught up in a bad situation. Once they are arrested, it can be overwhelming trying to navigate the criminal justice system and determine how to protect their rights and fight for their innocence.   At The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we understand what you are going through, and we are here to help. Our experienced legal team has helped thousands of clients facing criminal charges in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a criminal offense, contact our office for a free consultation.

Do I Need an Attorney?

One of the most common questions asked is whether you need an attorney if you are facing criminal charges. In general, you should always consult with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after an arrest or if you are under investigation for a crime.   A Nevada criminal defense attorney can review the charges and help determine your legal options. Initial consultations at The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata are free of charge, so there is no downside to speaking with an attorney about your case.

Should I Speak with the Police?

If you are facing criminal charges, the most important thing you can do is to exercise your rights. You have the right to an attorney. Exercise this right and always have an attorney present when you are making a statement to police or investigators.   What you say can and will be used against you. Having an attorney present can help ensure that you do not make any incriminating statements that may be taken out of context or used to help convict you of a crime.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

The vast majority of cases never go to trial. Over 90% of misdemeanor and felony cases are resolved prior to going to trial. An attorney can help you reach a favorable disposition on your matter without having to go to trial.    In some cases, the only way to achieve a fair result is to take the case in front of a jury. The length of the trial may depend on several factors, including the severity of the crime and the backlog at the courts.

Will I Have to Post Bail?

Depending on the case, you might have to post bail in order to secure your release from custody. Bail solely pertains to pre-trial release, meaning that you have only been arrested for a crime and not convicted. By posting bail, you can maintain your freedom as you wait for your case to resolve.   It is essential to discuss your case with an attorney as early in the process as possible. By retaining an attorney before your first court appearance, you can be prepared for what might happen at each stage of the proceedings.

When Is the First Court Appearance?

The arraignment or first court date can usually be found on the citation that was issued at the time of your arrest. In some cases, you may be issued a summons or an order to appear in court. If you are issued a citation or summons and fail to appear in court on the given date, a warrant might be issued for your arrest.   A failure to appear is a serious offense and should not be taken lightly. Retaining an attorney prior to your first appearance is strongly recommended.    The criminal process differs slightly when a person is charged with a felony offense. For instance, there will be a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to move forward. An attorney can help you understand your rights whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. 

Do I Have to Go to Court?

If you do not have an attorney, your appearance in court is likely required. Under certain circumstances, an attorney may be able to appear on your behalf. If you are unsure whether you should appear in court, discuss your case with an experienced lawyer before your first court date.

How Long Will My Case Take?

Many criminal matters take months to resolve. There is no magic timeline for how long a matter may take, although a good rule of thumb is the more serious the offense, the longer it will take to resolve.  

When Should I Hire an Attorney?

It is never too early to retain an attorney if you are facing criminal charges in Nevada. Hiring an attorney before your first court date can help you understand the process and may aid in getting a better outcome in your case.

Will My Case Get Dismissed?

A criminal defense attorney that makes any guarantees or promises regarding the outcome of your case should not be trusted. Unfortunately, no two cases are exactly the same, which means that results can be drastically different. An experienced attorney will always try to get the best possible resolution for your case, which may include a reduction or dismissal of the charges.

Arrested in Las Vegas? Gotta Get Ogata.

Were you or a loved one arrested for criminal charges in Las Vegas? Contact our office for a free, no-obligation consultation. Attorney Garrett T. Ogata is a highly sought-after criminal defense attorney in Nevada. He has handled thousands of cases and will help fight to prove your innocence. Call now to get started.

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