Thursday, March 12, 2015

How to choose a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

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Is a criminal charge filed against you? Here are some tips on finding the right Attorney for your case:

Make a list

Looking for a criminal defense lawyer is easy, but finding the best one requires research. That’s why you have to list down the names of the lawyers that you think are capable of helping you in your situation. List down at least 3 names and start doing the background check. 

Background checking

After making the list, you can start your research. Check the background of your prospect lawyers. Review the results of the criminal cases that they have handled. You can ask some of their previous clients or you could raise your questions to each of the lawyers directly. Here are some examples of the the things that you need to ask:
1. When did you start defending criminal cases?
2. How many cases related to my case have you handled?
3. How do you formulate the defense strategies related to my case?

Online  Backgorund check

Do not simply rely on the answers of the laywers. Research online and double check if the information that they gave you are correct. You can also look for the reviews and feedback of their previous clients online. Look for forums and review sites that are related to Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers.

Consider your Means

You should check whether the defense lawyer asks fees for an hourly or per meeting basis. You should also consider your budget. No matter how good a criminal defense lawyer is, if you could not afford his rate, then maybe he is not the perfect one for you.

If you are looking for an experienced lawyer that specializes in different criminal cases in Las Vegas, look no further! Atty. Ross C. Goodman is one of the best lawyers in this field. You can directly visit his office at 520 South 4th Street Las Vegas, NV 89101 for a free legal consultation. You can also call him on (702) 383 – 5088 for more details.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Plea Bargaining in Domestic Violence

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

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                Plea bargaining happens when there is an arrangement between the prosecutor and the defendant regarding a criminal case. The disposition should be agreed on by both parties involved. Plea bargaining could end a certain case without having a trial procedure. The most important part of plea bargaining is that the defendant should plead guilty and confess to the crime that he/she is being charged. The defendant, consulting a domestic violence lawyer, also waives his/her right to trial and understands the consequences (charges, maximum sentences, etc) he/she could get after pleading guilty.

Plea Bargaining in Domestic Violence

                The plea bargaining in domestic violence is often discouraged because it somehow betrays the policies regarding domestic violence, neglects the fact that the offender should be penalized, and decreases the gravity of the crime committed. However, plea bargaining is sometimes considered to spare the victim, even his/her family, from the stress of having a trial. Some victims find it stressful to testify in front of an audience which is necessary in trial proceedings.

The following are some recommendations regarding the use of plea bargaining:

  • The intention of protecting the victim, ending domestic violence, holding the offender accountable and reinforcing the grave criminal nature of domestic violence should be part of the approach in plea bargaining.
  • The victim should always be consulted by the defendant.
  • Plea negotiation before the arraignment would be preferred to reduce trauma for the victim and to immediately start the rehabilitation of the defendant.
  • The following questions should be asked in considering charge reduction:
     Is a child present during the crime?
     Were weapons used? Or were there any threats of using a weapon?
     Are there any injuries inflicted?
     Does the defendant have a history of abuse?
     Does the defendant have any prior criminal record?
     What is the extent of the violence and the evidence presented?
     What are the requests of the victim?

  • The results of the plea bargain should correspond to the sentencing guidelines of the office.
  • The reduced charge, if possible, should emulate the original nature of the crime.
  • Using the need for the defendant's timely rehabilitation as a basis for plea bargaining will be considered if the importance of its timeliness should be emphasized.

The judge, who does not participate in plea bargain discussions, may reject the guilty plea and the disposition itself if the charges do not have any factual basis.

If you have any concerns about domestic violence and other criminal offenses, consult with Atty. Ross Goodman, one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How to Win a Child’s Sole Custody?

Attorney Ross Goodman
520 S 4th St,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 383 – 5088
Fax: (702) 385 – 5088

Some parents who separate agree for a joint custody to their child. This means that they have to share the time that they will spend on the child and also share on the expenses for the child’s education, daily living and so on. Custody also has something to do with the decision-making on the child’s behalf regarding education and financial management. However, there are separated parents who do not want to share the custody of their child. Hence, they fight for sole custody.

Child’s Sole Custody in Nevada

In Nevada, if the child is still a minor, the sole custody automatically goes to the mother, making it hard for fathers to win the sole custody of his child. But don’t worry. It is still possible for the father to win his child’s sole custody with the help of a good criminal defense lawyer in Las Vegas.

There would be a process of observation and interviews from professionals (who may be a lawyer or a psychologist) and acquaintances of both parties. The judge will also ask questions to both parties. The last stage of the process requires the decision of the judge on who will win the child’s sole custody.

Granting Sole Custody

Here are the factors considered by courts when granting sole custody rights:

  • Parenting ability - The court has to know who reaches out more to the child and who could satisfy the needs of the child emotionally. The parent has to prove that he/she teaches good values and that he is a good example to the child.
  • Financial Stability - The parent has to prove that he/she can give every need of the child and support him monetarily.
  •   Health - A healthy parent can function more than a weak one.
  • Involvement in child’s every activity - The parent has to prove that he/she is engaged with the child’s activities in school, community and home.

In some cases, one party easily gets the sole custody because he/she has proven that the other party isn’t a good example to the child. It is either the other party hurts the child, takes illegal drugs or has a mental or behavioral problem. If one party is not able to prove it, the case has to undergo the regular process.

If you want to win the sole custody of your child, hire a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer that could surely help you win the case. Atty. Ross C. Goodman is the most experienced and the most reliable criminal defense lawyer in Las Vegas. Call his law firm, Goodman Law Group, at (702) 383-5088 for a free legal consultation.