First of all, you cannot hire a public defender. A PD will be appointed to represent you if you are indigent and cannot afford to hire a lawyer.
Here's my advice: hire the best lawyer you can afford. If you can't do that, ask the judge to appoint a lawyer (such as the PD). Beware of lawyers who make guarantees about the outcome of your case, or lawyers who will represent you for cut rate legal fees. You will be far better off with a PD than with either of those.
You may have the record sealed without waiting. Here's the relevant statute:
NRS 179.255 Sealing records after dismissal or acquittal: Petition; notice; hearing; order.
1. If a person has been arrested for alleged criminal conduct and the charges are dismissed or such person is acquitted of the charges, the person may petition:
(a) The court in which the charges were dismissed, at any time after the date the charges were dismissed; or
(b) The court in which the...
I'm not sure what you mean by "failed to turn in PSI app." If a defendant fails to report for an interview by P&P, then whatever the negotiated plea was may be null and void.
Significant health issues should always be brought to the attention of the court. Not doing so can have disastrous and sometimes tragic consequences.
It's possible that your son's attorney really hasn't received it. However, this can be corrected by calling the Judge's executive assistant and requesting a copy, or even by calling the deputy DA who prosecuted the case.
You should go to Las Vegas Metro Police and ask for a copy of your SCOPE, which is your Nevada criminal history. It's possible that a misdemeanor conviction from 1992 may not be on it. If it is, however, you are entitled to have the record of the conviction sealed. Simple misdemeanor convictions in Nevada may be sealed after two years. Contact a criminal defense lawyer to assist you with this.
Ellen, try calling the main number for LV Muni Court: 702-382-COURT. Give them your name and date of birth and they should be able to tell you if there is an active warrant.
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The fact that you have no prior criminal history is very significant. To answer your question, yes, probation with restitution is within the realm of possibility. I was able to negotiate this type of disposition for someone who had embezzled over half a million dollars.
There are other issues in your case that any top notch defense attorney would also be concerned with. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to schedule a consultation.
A conviction for battery domestic violence, even as a misdemeanor, can have serious immigration consequences. There are ways to negotiate these cases that can prevent them, but it is very much on a case by case basis.
This is an extremely difficult question to answer. Quite frankly, given the nature of the charges and the fact that you said both have priors, I'm surprised that one of them was granted pretrial release.
The usual factors considered by a judge are whether or not the defendant is a flight risk, and whether or not he is a danger to society. You've presented a set of facts where both defendants are facing charges with mandatory prison time. A lot more information would be needed before anyone...