Top Las Vegas
Criminal Defense Attorney

Top Ranked

Consistently ranked as a top Las Vegas criminal defense attorney by various agencies, like Super Lawyers, Avvo, Yelp, BBB, and others.

History of Success

LV Criminal Defense has provided legal representation in some of the country's more notorious criminal cases including Boston Marathon bombing.

Exceptional Service

Nick has what it takes to be an exceptional criminal lawyer: the ability to conceptualize issues that link relevant law with the essential points.

Personal Representation

Mr. Wooldridge sits on the summit of one of the most successful law firms in the nation, and he talks to you like you're a close friend.

LV Criminal Defense | Your Criminal Lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada

Getting arrested and charged with a crime in Nevada can be confusing and stressful. When will you get out of jail? What type of penalties do you face? How will your loved ones react? What will happen to your job? If you have been arrested in Las Vegas, it may be tempting to listen to what friends and family or even law enforcement have to say about what you should do and why. But every criminal case is different, and your freedom and criminal record should not be left to chance and guesswork. Instead, your best defense is having an experienced and qualified Las Vegas criminal defense attorney like Nick Wooldridge at your side every step of the way.

About | Nick Wooldridge

Nicholas Wooldridge, Esq - founder of LV Criminal Defense

Las Vegas criminal attorney Nick Wooldridge founder of LV Criminal Defense is ready to help you now in the toughest cases in the state and federal courts in Nevada. Call him as soon as possible after an arrest at 702-623-6362. He will explain what to expect in your criminal case and what your best defenses are. Most importantly, he can help you understand when you can expect to return to your normal life.

You should entrust your criminal case to an experienced defense lawyer who exclusively deals with criminal cases. Nick Wooldridge represents clients in the smallest misdemeanor cases and the most serious felony cases with over a decade of experience, much in high-profile cases.

Call him if you have been arrested for possession of marijuana , DUI , domestic violence , prostitution or sex crimes, assault or battery, fraud, theft or murder

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Top 100 Trial Lawyers | by Myvegas

We are proud to announce that Nick Wooldridge and LV Criminal Defense were featured in MYVEGAS, Magazine,the No. 1 most trusted magazine in Las Vegas. Even better, Nick Wooldridge made the cover of the magazine and is ranked as a Top 100 Man of Success in Las Vegas.

Check out the digital version of the magazine here. MYVEGAS caters to the Las Vegas community and we are honored to be recognized in this great publication. Read More

Practice | Areas

Sex crimes Sex crimes

Being accused of a sex crime is an overwhelming event and can destroy your life and reputation - even if the accusation is false.

Drug Crimes Drug Crimes

Mr. Wooldridge has successfully presented a consistent and vigorous defense while advocating for clients accused of drug crimes.

Violent Crimes Violent Crimes

When accused of a violent crime, you may be risking years in prison. In these circumstances, you want the best criminal defense imaginable.

Federal Charges Federal Charges

Federal prosecutions are high stakes. Nicholas has been defending Federal cases for over 13 years and has earned the respect of Nevada legal community.

Felony Charges Felony Charges

Nevada felony is subject to harsh sentencing and a career debilitating criminal record. We will fight your case to drop all charges.

White collar crime White collar crime

White-collar criminal charges are complicated. Nicholas Wooldridge is experienced in all types of white collar crime cases, no matter how big or small.


Driving Under the Influence will haunt you for years and cost you directly and indirectly. We are experienced in fighting DUI charges. Call today.

Domestic Violence Domestic Violence

A Domestic Violence accusation means jail. How long depends on your attorney. LV Criminal Defense know the law and can assist you when you need it most.

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How is Nick Wooldridge different from other criminal defense attorneys?

LV Criminal Defense is different. Our priority is creating a defense strategy that is tailored to the unique facts of your case by personally meeting with you and reviewing the evidence against you.
If this careful assessment of your case and what works for you is not done, you are in danger of getting pushed through the criminal justice system in a way that is convenient for your attorney, the prosecutor, and law enforcement, but not necessarily the way that is in your best interest. You need an attorney who has your best interest in mind. LV Criminal Defense put our clients first and work hard to get their lives back.
Every case is different, and you deserve an individualized, tailored defense specific to the facts of your case. The only way to get that is to hire a criminal lawyer who listens to what you have to say and makes an effort to understand what you need and want. Most importantly, Mr. Wooldridge will tell you exactly what you need to know about your case and your options so you can make the best decision for you.

Defendants in high profile cases with serious penalties have entrusted their lives to Attorney Nick Wooldridge. Read more about Mr. Wooldridge to learn more about how he approaches a case and why he has been an integral part of defense teams in cases you have heard about on the news. He has trained with some of the best criminal lawyers in the country and is using those skills to help those who have been arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada for many different crimes.
On this website, you will find information about minimum and maximum penalties for Nevada crimes, their legal definitions, and the possibility of plea deals.

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There are many small subtle factors that change the way your case is handled by law enforcement and the District Attorney. An attorney who handles criminal cases every day is the best person to understand how these small factors will impact the outcome of your case. You need a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who understands both the written- and unwritten- rules. If this careful assessment of your case and what works for you is not done, you are in danger of getting pushed through the criminal justice system in a way that is convenient for your attorney, the prosecutor, and law enforcement, but not necessarily the way that is in your best interest. You need a criminal attorney who has your best interest in mind. Nick Wooldridge puts his clients first and works hard to get their lives back.

If you've been indicted in Las Vegas or anywhere else in the State of Nevada, if you face criminal investigation or simply if you have any questions, feel free to call us at 702-623-6362 anytime. 24/7 coverage.


How can LV Criminal Defense help you?

You need an attorney to turn the investigation around. The police and prosecutor are not on your side, and in fact, have an interest in getting the most convictions possible to seem “tough on crime.” You need someone to investigate whether the actions of the police in your case were legal and appropriate, to determine the weaknesses in the state’s case against you, and to learn what the witnesses will say and what evidence has been collected. Nick Wooldridge uses all of this information to begin building your defense from the moment you hire him. These are your rights, and Nick Wooldridge will make sure that everyone involved abides by them.

As you go through the Nevada criminal process, you need a strong, aggressive advocate to defend you from over-reaching by law enforcement and the prosecutor. Don’t leave your case to chance, the guesswork of friends or family, assumptions based on what you have seen on television, or the seeming friendliness of law enforcement. Be sure that you have someone on your side, with all the facts, and a clear, accurate understanding of what the law really is in your case.

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LV Criminal Defense will ensure that the prosecutor is doing his or her job, and this can mean making requests to the court for more time, suppression of evidence (throwing out evidence that was collected in violation of your constitutional rights), and reduced penalties for certain mitigating facts in your case. These are legal arguments that affect which charges can stand against you.For example, a prostitution charge can be reduced to a simple trespass or domestic violence battery to a simple assault if the prosecutor does not have enough of the right type of evidence against you. Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side is the best way to ensure that you are offered the lowest possible charges.

A criminal record can follow you for quite some time into the future, which means that even with your best effort to get back on track, these charges may come back to haunt you. Do yourself a favor and hire experienced, aggressive, and successful Las Vegas criminal lawyer Nick Wooldridge to give yourself the best chance to move on in the future.

Las Vegas plea bargaining

There are also opportunities to negotiate a sentence down once the charges have been determined. First time drug offenses can be dismissed altogether if you complete Drug Court, and often jail time can be suspended as long as you are not arrested again. These deals are not a guarantee, but having a strong defense lawyer working on your behalf is the best way to ensure you get a favorable plea deal in your Las Vegas criminal case.

What our | Clients are saying

When I initially met with Mr. Wooldridge, he took the opportunity to sit and go over my problem with me. He described details in my case which he found disturbing and explained why he I should have him on my side. Everything he told me at the first meeting came to pass before my case was dismissed. The points he found disturbing, he converted into arguments. The science he explained became strong reasons for evidentiary exclusion. Thumb up!

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What to do if you are arrested in Las Vegas

First and foremost, if you have been arrested , you do not have any obligation to speak to the police or answer questions until a lawyer is present. Do not be afraid to ask for a lawyer. The fact that you asked for an attorney cannot later be used against you because it is your constitutional right.

At the earliest opportunity, contact a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas who is an experienced advocate for people accused of crimes. Convictions for even small crimes can impact your future. A criminal record of convictions can make it difficult to find housing and employment, to win a custody battle for your children, or to enjoy other rights like owning a gun.

What to do if you have been charged with a crime in Las Vegas while on vacation

Despite its reputation as a place where anything goes, visitors to Las Vegas are not immune from arrest and criminal charges.

If you were arrested while visiting Las Vegas, you still must answer to any charges against you. For some crimes, like DUI, Nevada will likely report the crime to your home state. Don’t ignore these charges- get a criminal defense lawyer who is experienced in handling cases for out-of-state visitors.

Sometimes things go wrong. Nick Wooldridge understands that and wants to help you. Your best defense starts early. If you have been arrested in Las Vegas and charged with a crime, contact LV Criminal Defense at 702-623-6362 as soon as possible for dedicated, experienced defense.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I was arrested in Nevada?

If you are arrested in Las Vegas, if you are not immediately released, you will likely go to the Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) for processing. This facility houses people who have recently been arrested, who are waiting for trial, or who are serving a short sentence for a misdemeanor charge. To check if someone is housed in the CCDC,visit the Inmate Information Search website here.

Can I get out of jail on bail?

If you are arrested, it likely will take some time for your case to be resolved, and you may not have to stay in jail leading up to trial.  You can either be released on your own recognizance (O.R.) , released on bail, or stay in custody until trial.  Some warrants have predetermined bail amounts, or in some cases, a judge will assign a bail amount, or assign no bail at all. Non-bailable warrants are common for criminal charges for murder, rape, or drug trafficking.

What is a bench warrant?

In the most general terms, a bench warrant is issued by a judge when someone has violated court rules. This could be when a defendant misses his or her court appearance date or fails to pay certain fine payments. A bench warrant may be issued for failing to appear for something as minor as a traffic ticket.

Can I represent myself in a Nevada criminal case?

Nevada law allows you to represent yourself in court. Any criminal attorney will advise you that there are risks in representing yourself, most significantly that you won’t win your case. The judge could even order you to pay for the other side’s court costs and fees. Unless you are an experienced trial attorney familiar with court procedures, representing yourself will probably be a challenging undertaking.

Am I eligible for a pro bono criminal lawyer?

If you cannot afford a lawyer, pro bono services might be available to you. Visit the Nevada State Bar website for information and resources. Or call us to discuss your case and payment options for representation.

How to search for an arrestee in Las Vegas?

Finding out where someone went if they’ve been arrested can be difficult, and you may need to make a few phone calls. To find information about a person in custody in Las Vegas, call 702-229-6444 for the City Jail  or (702) 671-3900 for the County Jail.  or visit the Las Vegas City Jail website or  the  Clark County website. You can also call the North Las Vegas Detention Center at 702-633-1400 or Henderson Detention Center at 702-267-4652

Nick is a SuperLawyer

Nick M. Wooldridge is a dynamic criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prominent in his field, Mr. Wooldridge was recently selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers , a division of Thomson Reuters.

The designation, “Rising Star,” is not an empty award given to those who merely show up. Instead, it’s bestowed on Las Vegas criminal lawyers who have consistently shown willingness to stay in the forefront of the judiciary by:

1. Consistently providing superb client care,
2. Maintains an exquisite and effective understanding of the law
3. Displays this awareness through courtroom skills and commendations by their peer group, and
4. Demonstrably shows an innate desire to work inside the community to make it a safer place for all residents, citizens, and visitors.

Unlike other achievement websites, Super Lawyers does not appoint attorneys for association based on capacity to pay or name recognition. Super Lawyers selects member lawyers using a multiphase determination method where peer nominations and evaluations are incorporated with autonomous research. Each candidate for membership is appraised on twelve criteria that measure peer recognition and professional accomplishment in Las Vegas, NV.

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