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Criminal Defense Attorney for Nevada &
Southern California

As embarassing and stressful it can be, facing a criminal charge can be extremely scary. The majority of American citizens have little or no knowledge about how law enforcement or legal systems work, and many times people are arrested without the full understanding of the laws that are in effect. Hiring a lawyer who understands and has the knowledge of the law and how courts work is an essential part of defending yourself against criminal charges. The best chance of beating the charges against you and getting your life back on track is to get in touch with Michael I. Gowdey. The law enforcement authorities are investigating you, and the State Attorney’s Office is gathering evidence in order to convict you. When you don’t have a legal advocate on your side, you can be at a serious disadvantage. By reaching out to us, either before, or during an active investigation, you increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome.

Attorney For Criminal Defense

The Law Offices of Micheal I. Gowdey has spent two decades fighting for the rights of the accused in state and federal courts throughout Nevada and Southern California. We will take swift and decisive action to preserve evidence, track down witnesses and reach out to the prosecutor in an early attempt to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced. We will hold the state to the legal principle that they are required to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and we will challenge their case at every step. We will work to clear your name. Our top priority is always aimed at achieving a dismissal or a reduction of charges whenever possible. In each case we handle, we thoroughly investigate and exhaust all possible defenses. We scrutinize police reports, examine surveillance footage, interview witnesses, and more. If you have been accused of a federal white collar crime or a violent felony offense such as murder or rape, or facing a first time DUI, your freedom and future are at stake. You are innocent until proven guilty, and you deserve an aggressive defense from a knowledgeable attorney. Call today to schedule a free instant case analysis.

Why Choose Michael Gowdey?


Since 1993, the Law Office of Michael I. Gowdey has successfully defended against a broad range of crimes, including:

Casino Markers & Bad Checks If you signed a line of credit or marker at a Las Vegas casino and cannot afford to repay the debt, you may be arrested for writing a bad check. If the bad check or marker were for more than $250, you would be prosecuted for a felony. The good news is, when you seek immediate representation, Mr. Gowdey will attempt to negotiate with the D. A. and casino to lessen the charges and penalties or propose a payment plan you can financially manage.

Domestic Abuse & Battery Battery – Domestic violence involves violence or abuse between family members, spouses or ex spouses, or people who live together. These are emotion driven cases that can result in restraining orders, marital counseling, anger management, and jail. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, we may be able to argue that the incident was an accident, you were acting in self defense, the allegations are false or exaggerated, or the alleged victim’s injury was self inflicted

Drug CrimesWere you arrested for possession, selling, trafficking or manufacturing an illegal substance? If you’re charged with drug crimes in Nevada, you may face varying degrees of penalties depending on the type and quantity of drugs involved. If the charges cannot be dismissed, Mr. Gowdey may pursue an alternative to incarceration such as participating in a drug court, which may include participation in a drug rehabilitation program.

Drunk Driving – Drunk driving is a serious offense in Nevada that can result in the loss of your driver’s license, jail time, and significant fines. A first DUI offense is punished less harshly than subsequent offenses.

Whether this is your first arrest for DUI or you are a repeat offender, Mr. Gowdey can take
immediate steps to protect your rights including scheduling a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles to contest the suspension of your license.

He will conduct a separate criminal investigation aimed at determining if the arresting officer had probable cause to pull you over and whether the proper procedures were followed when administering the field sobriety tests and breath test.

Juvenile CrimesBeing charged with a juvenile offense can have a drastic effect on your child’s life and set them back years when it comes to school, family, and career opportunities. We know this can be a stressful time for you, your child, and your family. You probably don’t know what to do next. You are facing scary questions and are in need of legal support to help you through this difficult time. We at the Law Offices of Michael I. Gowdey are committed to helping our clients avoid the life-long impacts of criminal convictions. Our goal is to keep your son or daughter out of detention and in your care so that he or she is unburdened by a criminal record.

Theft CrimesTheft crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony crime depending on the circumstances of your case and the value of the property that was deprived or stolen. Penalties can be enhanced if a weapon was used, or if force or the threat of force was used against the victim.

Sex CrimesSex crimes are aggressively prosecuted in Nevada, and a guilty verdict can mean incarceration and lifetime registration as a sex offender. A sex crime conviction can greatly affect your future job prospects, ability to rent a house or apartment and place great detriment on your personal life. You must have a criminal defense attorney who will help you protect your dignity and your integrity, and also work to preserve your public image. Call now to get an instant case analysis for free.

Weapon Charges & Violent Crimes – Crimes involving violence carry harsh penalties in the state of Nevada. When a weapon is used in the commission of a crime, the punishment is enhanced. Violent Crimes come in different forms because they can cover different related offenses. They can be categorized as:

  • Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter A murder is the unlawful taking someone’s life with the deliberate thought of committing the act or, in several cases, due to the perpetrator coming under the influence of certain intoxicating substances
  • Manslaughter – Manslaughter involves killing someone without the express intent to take that person’s life. It often stems from a sudden burst of passion on the part of the perpetrator, and it often occurs because of provocation from the victim.
  • Forcible Rape – Nevada defines forcible rape as the act of sexual penetration of another person or a beast against the will of the victim and with the use of force. The severity of the charge relies on several factors, including the victim’s age, any  possible injuries suffered as part of the act, and the defendant’s possible criminal records.
  • Robbery – Robbery is the unlawful taking of another person’s property in the victim’s presence, against the victim’s will by means of force, fear or intimidation. A robbery that involves the use of weapons have a higher sentencing range because they pose a threat of harm to the victim or a third party.
  • Aggravated Assault – Aggravated assault occurs when someone unlawfully assaults another, with or without a weapon, either simply with the intent to harm and injure, or as part of another crime in progress, like rape or robbery. Penalties are decided by a combination of the crime committed and the extent of the injury inflicted.

White Collar Crimes – White collar crime refers to a broad category of nonviolent criminal offenses involving deception or fraud to obtain financial gain. These cases are often characterized by lengthy investigations
involving various government and regulatory agencies such as the IRS, FBI, or SEC. Conviction for a white collar crime can lead to years spent in state or federal prison and significant restitution paid to the victim. It can also derail your career and destroy your reputation.

The Law Offices of Michael I. Gowdey has extensive experience representing business executives, public officials, boards of directors, and other professionals charged with a wide variety of white collar crimes, including fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, larceny, forgery, identity theft, and more.


Guidance at Every Stage of the Criminal Defense Process

Nobody ever says, When the going gets tough, the tough start plea bargaining. Whom would you bet on in a prizefight, the fighter or the negotiator? With your freedom and future on the line, make no mistake about it, when you choose your lawyer.

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