Criminal law involves prosecution by the government of a person for an act that has been classified as a crime. Criminal law regulates social conduct and proscribes whatever is threatening, harmful, or otherwise endangering to the property, health, safety, and moral welfare of people.
Civil cases, on the other hand, involve individuals and organizations seeking to resolve legal disputes. In a criminal case, the state, through a prosecutor, initiates the suit, while in a civil case the victim brings the suit. Persons convicted of a crime may be incarcerated, fined, or both. However, persons found liable in a civil case may only have to give up property or pay money, but are not incarcerated.
Most crimes in the United States are established by local, state, and federal governments. Crimes have two classifications— misdemeanors (less serious crimes like petty theft and jaywalking) and felonies. Felonies indicate a serious crime, and are punishable by jail for a year or more.
Crimes normally consist of two elements: an act, or “actus reus” and a mental state, or “mens rea.” Prosecutors must prove each element of the crime in order to convict one guilty of a crime. A lawyer or prosecutor must persuade the jury or judge beyond a reasonable doubt of every fact that constitutes the crime’s punishment.
Nevada Criminal Laws are specific in punishments relating to assult, theft, DUI and drug crimes, so having a knowledgeable Las Vegas attorney at your side can provide the best outcome for any client seeking legal aid.
Edward Miley founded his firm Miley Law in 2002 and has since been serving as an attorney in Las Vegas specializing in criminal law defense. Miley has acted on behalf of clients facing DUI charges, drug and controlled substance offenses, robbery, hit and run cases and much more. With Miley Law’s team of experienced and professional attorneys, you can rest assured that your rights are defended and protected in Las Vegas.
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