When a criminal case comes before the court, the defendant needs to know what evidence the prosecutor is planning to use to try to secure a conviction. Knowing this information is essential to building the most effective defense. Prosecutors also need to be aware of some of the details of the defense which will be raised to try to avoid a guilty verdict. The process for the exchange of information between district attorneys and defendants is called discovery.
Defendants must be aware of the types of information they are entitled to obtain from prosecutors. Defendants also must review the evidence in order to develop a strategic plan to undermine the district attorney’s case and make the jury doubt whether the evidence is enough to show guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced Las Vegas defense lawyer at LV Criminal Defense can provide invaluable assistance during the discovery and inspection process.
Our firm is compromised of dedicated professionals who can conduct investigations, oversee the discovery process, prepare arguments to present in court, and otherwise do everything possible to try to help you get the best outcome you can based on the charges you face. Give us a call as soon as you can after an arrest so we can be there for you during discovery and during every other phase of your criminal case.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
There are time limits during the discovery phase, and there are also strict penalties for failure to comply with the discovery rules. Under N.R.S. 174.295, anyone who complied with discovery requirements but who subsequently found more discoverable information would need to contact the opposing party and promptly notify them of the new material. If either party fails to comply with discovery rules, the court can impose a variety of remedies including granting a continuance; ordering the discovery or inspection of materials which weren’t properly disclosed; or prohibiting the party that failed to comply with the rules from introducing the evidence in court.
As you prepare for a criminal trial, it is imperative you understand the rules for discovery and inspection. You do not want to have potentially exculpatory evidence excluded from being presented because you did not follow the discovery rules.
The rules for discovery are just one of the many types of criminal procedure rules which can have a profound impact on the outcome of your criminal case. You owe it to yourself to be represented by a Las Vegas defense attorney who can assist you in understanding the requirements and the steps of the discovery and inspection process.
At LV Criminal Defense, our legal team knows it is just as important to know rules of criminal procedure as it is to know the criminal laws applicable to your case. We will help with the technical aspects of preparing for trial and developing a legal defense strategy as well as with the process of presenting evidence, raising defenses, introducing doubt into the prosecutor’s case, or negotiating with the prosecutor for a favorable plea deal. To learn more about the legal services that we can offer and the ways we can help you during the discovery and investigation phase, and during all phases of your criminal case, give us a call today.