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Michael Vicente Castillo

Criminal defense Attorney at Las Vegas, NV

4.6   25 reviews

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    The attorneys of Las Vegas Defense Group, LLC, fight all kinds of criminal charges throughout Nevada including DUI, domestic violence, theft, drug offenses, white-collar crimes, minor misdemeanors and serious felonies.

    13 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    10%

    13 years

  3. Expungement
    10%

  4. Juvenile law
    10%

  5. Sex crime
    10%

  6. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%

  7. Violent crime
    10%

Las Vegas Defense Group was voted "Best Criminal Defense Firm Gold Winner" for 2018 and 2017 in Las Vegas Review-Journal's annual Best of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Michael Castillo began his legal career as an extern with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, where he learned up close how the prosecution operates. Now he can anticipate their stategies in order to provide a more proactive defense for his clients.

Michael Castillo's practice extends to both the trial and appellate levels, and he has experience in all areas of criminal defense law including traffic tickets, DUI, drug offenses such as drug possession, and sex crimes such as sexual assault such as lewdness with a child and open and gross lewdness.

Michael Castillo usually achieves favorable case resolutions (such as charge reductions or dismissals in criminal defense cases or hefty settlements in personal injury cases) without having to go to trial. But if trial is necessary, he is an experienced courtroom attorney with "not guilty" verdicts to his credit.  

Mr. Castillo is a member of the American Bar Association and the Clark County Bar Association. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized him as a Top 10 attorney in Nevada, and the National Trial Lawyers recognized him as a Top 100 attorney in Nevada. He represents clients all throughout Nevada.

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Licensed for 13 years
State NV
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 09/10/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

Las Vegas Defense Group, L.L.C.
2970 W Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV, 89102
Las Vegas Defense Group (Henderson offices)
107 S. Green Valley Pkwy # 300
Henderson, NV, 89012
Las Vegas Defense Group (Reno offices)
200 S. Virginia, 8th floor
Reno, NV, 89501
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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Respected by the Judges
Michael Castillo is a top-notch attorney who has the respect of the court. His knowledge of court rules and procedure, and years of experience provides for successful outcome. When he speaks, the judge listens. He is also very knowledgeable in appellate work and will go to the higher court for relief, without hesitation. He has a brilliant mind and goes the extra mile. I highly recommend Michael. I consulted with 40 attorneys before deciding on Michael. His five star review does not come lightly. (I have filed bar complaints on several other attorneys).
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Elite Attorney
Mr. Castillo is all that he is advertised to be and more. Behind all the accolades is a passionate zealot who fights tooth and nail for his clients. He was able to negotiate a deal that would eventually dismiss my case and allow me to keep a clean record, salvaging my careers in the process. My family and I are forever grateful for his counsel and highly recommend him if you are facing charges.
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Posted by Martha | April 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mr Castillo is a great attorney
Mr Castillo did a great job! He is very caring and professional, He represented my son and I am very thankful with Mr Castillo for the outcome.
Posted by Cassandra | August 8, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very nice gentleman
Today i went into the las vegas defense group. Everyone there was very respectful towards me and were very understanding about my case. Even their rates are cheap and for a good lawyer that will stop at nothing to keep you out of jail , no amount is too much as it is. I have currently put my entire trust and life in their hands and have 100% faith everything will be okay with them by my side. Thank you Michael castillo and david kohlmeier youve given me a shining light of hope.
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Posted by Grayson | July 14, 2015
Great
My experience with LVDG left me feeling great. From the beginning, I felt like my relatively minor case was treated as if it were a very serious one. While hanging out at my house, I heard a strange knock at my door. The police informed me that I had been a very serious accident and that they knew it was me. I told them that I didn’t know what they were talking about. They told me a tow-truck was on its way to impound my car and I only needed to confess to take care of everything quickly. I continued to tell them that I didn’t know what they were talking about. This took about 3 hours and left me very shaken up. About 2 weeks later, I got a notice in the mail from LVMPD that I was the suspect in a hit and run investigation. This frightened me. How could the police accuse me of this? Are my rights being violated? What’s going on? I knew this was the time to consult a lawyer. I researched the Law Firm that I noticed represented police in previous cases, and that had former police officers on its staff. I knew that this sort of rapport with police would expedite my case, as they would be able to relate to the detective(s) investigating me on mutually understandable terms. Upon meeting with the first of three individuals involved on my case, David Kohlmeier, Case Manager immediately made me feel the full implications of my case. He let me know the potential progress and possible punishments of my case, the benefits of retaining the law firm to protect me, and the cost structure for all of it. Nothing was unclear. He made me feel confident that he knew what he was talking about. The next person I met with was In-House Private Investigator - William Simpson who personally investigated on my behalf and spoke to the detective on my behalf to figure out an appropriate time for me to go speak with him, as well as probing for information to give us a clearer understanding of what exactly I was being accused of. After that, I met with my lawyer, and the state completely dropped its case with no tickets or punishments issued whatsoever! Whew! Throughout the experience, all my phone calls were returned with expedience, and everything was explained thoroughly. The diverse backgrounds of the people involved on my case provided a plan that left me feeling like my rights were protected in the way that they should be. I felt like all I had to do was retain them as my legal counsel and let them do the rest. I was supposed to get a huge hit in more ways than one, but LVDG protected me. Thanks LVDG!
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2015
Best Defense Lawyers in Nevada
I was recently in need of legal defense and contacted the Las Vegas Defense Group. It was a very stressful time because not only did I get myself into trouble with the law but, I also managed to drag two of my family members down with me simply because they were with me. Las Vegas Defense Group took care of the entire legal process for us. Their prices are very reasonable. Everyone in the firm is very caring and working to take care of our legal problems. We essentially had a complete legal team working for us, not just one attorney. I recommend Las Vegas Defense Group to anyone in need of legal representation.
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Posted by BillyJoe | May 28, 2014
Excellent at what he does.
Michael Castillo has always been ready to help. He's a great lawyer that knows what he's doing. I know I can always call him if I ever get into any trouble. I'm glad to know he has my back in court. -BillyJoe
Posted by Josh | November 18, 2013
Amazing
Mr. Young worked on my DUI case and I was extremely amazed with is analysis of my case and his ability to break down facts pertaining to the case. Mr. Young is extremely professional and excels in communication which is extremely important for clients such as myself who always want to know what’s going on. I must mention his punctuality for meetings and court cases. A lot of attorneys are quick headed and in my opinion don’t spend an adequate amount of time listening to their clients. Mr. Young not only listens, but it’s obvious he thinks about what you said prior to answering, rather than giving the quick answer without listening fully to your question, I was extremely amazed how personalized my service was. Mr. Young showed up 45 minutes before my case to discuss options which is something I rarely witness. As far as Nevada Laws goes, Mr. Young is up to date and has taught me a few things that I didn't know. I thought I researched everything pertaining to DUI laws, however, I was quite surprised and extremely impressed with the additional information that I have learned. If you're stuck in a DUI mess don't go at it alone.
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Posted by Thomas | October 8, 2013
Wonderful, knowledgeable and absolutely trustworthy
I hired Michael to help me defend a domestic violence case. As I am not a US citizen and I travelled home right after the incident, I communicated with Michael via email and phone on a frequent basis. He was very responsive and always kept me well informed. His knowledge definitely helped me regain confidence to fight for this case and eased concern for someone who is very far from USA. After a 3-hour-trial, we won the case and I think without Michael's commitment and knowledge, all these could not have been accomplished. I would highly recommend him to you for any criminal defense cases. He is always there for you and he is very eloquent and analytical, making you concern free!
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Posted by Simeon | August 25, 2012
Case dismissed!
I was wrongly charged for domestic violence and being from another country i didnt know what to do. I was due to appear in court the day after i left Las Vegas to go home so i contacted the defense group and had a consultation with john eisele. He was very understanding and compassionate and we were in and out of the office in ten minutes feeling confident that a lawyer was going to attend court on my behalf an try their best to get the case dismissed. Sure enough i arrived back home and shortly received an email to confirm that this had been done. Im very pleased with the result and the way that john eisele and the defense group dealed with the matter and would recommend them to anyone that is looking for an effective defense team that provided me with confidence and good communication.
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Posted by rdesouza74 | April 2, 2012
My attorney
Mr Castillo has always done his very best for my case, and I would recommend his to anyone. he's very knowledgeble, fast response, trustworthy with my utmost personal situation. He's timely, and always kept me posted with any changes i needed to know.
Posted by Joseph | March 29, 2012
Quick and effective
Micheal did a wonderful job with my case. He was very professional and got me a very fair verdict. If you need a trustworthy Law firm and/or Lawyer hire Micheal Castillo.
Posted by Nancy Haase | February 19, 2012
Crystal Ball
He is firm, direct,confident, specific.. He will asked few strong questions to get window to one case.He will explained things what, would, could and at the end he will leave all the deciding factor to the clients. Very knowledgeable and well educated.Whenever him and I have meeting of the mind in to what the deciding factor to the case he will give me all the what, would. could of.. And if one client is confuse before speaking to him after talking to him you would built confident and understand all the facts.You no longer in anyway confused. You will then feel confident he is in your side. And happy you have found them.He will wait for your answer. Most of the time i asked him what will he do.. He will respond in a calm voice in a slight grinned face he wish he could make things easy for me ..but he do not have the crystal ball as he wish.. However.. this is why we are here to make sure you are well represented to the fullest of our ability and capabilities. Once again he will allowed his client to make their deciding factor into the case. This make me relaxed and get strong to stand and believe i have the right lawyers.So I will have the confident I will be making the right moved, .No nonsense, direct, strong and ready to stand for my behalf. I'm lucky to have met them and doing business with them.. We always have the meeting of the minds before the case begin and allowed me to feel everything is in motion and everyone is all inn for my benefits this i feel in my heart I then sit quietly and confidently i got the best of their heart and services.This is what best money can buy,,Yet..I got it all.. FREE of charge. Imagine the immaculate dedication will pour from them toward winning your freedom. Thank you.God Bless you all.. May all your work be out there and guiding light direct you always. I can only hope in due time i can provide same to others.. If have any further questions please ask my lawyers of my telephone and email. Feel free to ask. open to the the public.. Truly yours Nancy Haase.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2012
Outstanding Customer Service
Although I have not met Michael I felt through our conversations that I was speaking with someone who acutally cared and understood. I am so happy with the outcome of my case, and I commend Michael and his staff for a job well done on my behalf. I don't think I could have received any better representation. Thank you Mike for being there for me and answering all of my questions with confidence, patience and in an exceptionally timely manner. Although, I hope to never have a reason to call you again, however if I do, I know I have a strong ally on my side. Thank you again for everything. LD
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2012
Trustworthy, Knowledgeable, Kept me informed, Very reliable
Michael was helpfull and thorough from our first meeting and that professionalism continued through the conclusion of my case.
Posted by Eddy | November 18, 2011
Michael Castillo Great Lawyer.
I got charge with Domestic I called the offices of Michael Castillo and they did a great job. set me up with a payment arrangment and when i went to court Michael got my case dismissed. Great lawyer . I recomended a 100%.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2011
Professional, responsive and results oriented
I got in a little trouble in Vegas on a boys weekend. I was a first time offender which helped but Michael was able to get my felony charge dismissed. He was also able to seal my records and this was very important to me for future employement background checks. Michael communicated expectations during the entire process and was very responsive via email and phone calls. Michael's staff (Nancy) was also very helpful. After each court appearance, Michael would send me an email update which I appreciated. He also offered a flexable payment schedule. I felt like I was in good hands throughout the entire process. I would definately reccomend Michael to anyone in need without hesitation.
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Posted by Jesus | October 10, 2011
You can't go wrong with Mike Castillo!
I am 100% satisfied with the outcome of my case and extremely pleased with the assistance and attention I received from Attorney Michael "Mike" Castillo and his colleagues, Michael Becker and Daniel Young. Throughout the entire process related to my Battery Domestic Violence and Battery against a security guard case, I never felt alone or underrepresented by Attorney Castillo. Attorney Castillo was enthusiastic, energetic and friendly, while showing a high level of professionalism and confidence. A little about the case and outcome… While I knew I was innocent of the charges against me, I was facing a situation that led me to believe the odds would be against me in a trial. Although Mike Castillo was willing to fight for me at a trial, my family and I decided to not go to trial. Instead Attorney Castillo was able to negotiate a plea with the District Attorney which resulted in a lesser charge. My family and I were very pleased with the outcome and are very grateful for the time, energy and effort Attorney Castillo and my defense Team at the Las Vegas Defense Group put forth. I highly recommend Mr. Castillo and his Team to ANYONE who needs a good trustworthy Attorney! (If I had to, I would go to him again.) Sincerely, “Satisfied Client”
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Posted by Fuchsia | August 8, 2011
Excellent Attorney!
I am very pleased with Michael he has been there every step of the way keeping me informed and giving me positive feedback with positive results I would recommend him to anyone needing a professional attorney!
Posted by Jason | August 6, 2011
NOT GUILTY!!!!!
After the public defender assumed i was guilty and did not want to fight in court i placed a call to LVCD and was treaded as innocent right from the start. Michael and Daniel Young both treated my case as a high profile case. They kept me in the information circle, i felt very comfortable and prepared in court. They had a very extensive knowledge of the case and was able to pick out the D.A.'s witnesses lies without hesitation.Bottom line they there job very well. Michaels closing argument showed a very high level of intellect, intelligence, confidence, and the upmost respect for me the defendent and the courts aswell.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Associate Attorney
  • Las Vegas Defense Group
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Mortenson & Rafie, LLP
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Lead Associate Attorney
  • Las Vegas Defense Group
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Clerk
  • Rands, South & Gardner
  • 2007 - 2007
  • extern
  • Clark County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2008
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • NV v. M.C.
  • TWO FELONIES TO BE REDUCED TO GROSS MISDEMEANOR
  • NV v. A.H.
  • TWO FELONIES REDUCED TO GROSS MISDEMEANOR
  • NV V. L.B.
  • 7 LEWDNESS WITH A CHILD FELONIES AND 6 GROSS MISDEMEANORS REDUCED TO ONE NON-SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE CONVICTION
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NADCL)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best Law Firm Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018
  • Best DUI Lawyers in Las Vegas
  • Expertise
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • MYVEGAS Magazine
  • 2018
  • Perfect 10 Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyer Gold Winner
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal "Best of Las Vegas"
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Law Firm Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • Best Criminal Defense Firm Gold Winner
  • Las Vegas Review-Journal "Best of Las Vegas"
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Attorney (Nevada)
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer (Nevada)
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • magna cum laude
  • William S. Boyd School of Law
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar Defending the Unthinkable: Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault and Child Victims Cases
  • Sexual Assault Defense
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (21)
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is one of the most intelligent attorneys in town. His knowledge of the law is put to excellent use in the defense of his clients. Always prepared and gets results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Such a fabulous attorney. He truly cares and delivers great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Good appellate attorneys are a rarity. So glad he's in our Vegas office."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is one of those rare attorneys who is experienced at both the trial and appellate levels."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I zealously endorse this lawyer. He's a true professional."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I heartily endorse this lawyer and am so happy he is in our Nevada office fighting for the rights of people accused of crimes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Castillo is an exceptional attorney. He goes above and beyond to provide the best possible customer service to clients. He is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury. I highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael and I worked on multiple cases involving complicated HOA law. He was always cooperative and informed about his cases. He is a good advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Highly experienced and industrious. A great mentor."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike is an exceptional advocate for his clients. A first-rate attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mike Castillo is diligent, resourceful and compassionate. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I'm proud to work alongside Mike Castillo at Las Vegas Defense Group. He's devoted to his clients and works harder than any other lawyer I know."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mike is undoubtedly one of the finest litigation attorneys in Las Vegas. I would recommend him to anyone with a criminal, family or personal injury case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Mike on numerous matters both on the same side and as opposing counsel when I was a prosecutor. Mike is always prepared, professional and a fierce advocate on behalf of his client. Anyone who hires Mike gets an outstanding attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have no hesitation in recommending Michael to others in need of an excellent attorney. He is efficient, knowledgeable and extremely capable at what he does."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a member of The American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys for 2014 and 2015, I endorse Michael Castillo as a DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the outstanding criminal defense lawyers in Vegas."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Michael Castillo continues to impress me with his professionalism, diligence, and intelligence. He truly gives his all to each case in order to achieve the best resolution possible for his clients."
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Las Vegas Criminal defense Lawyer Michael Vicente Castillo
Michael Vicente Castillo
Criminal defense Attorney
Las Vegas, NV
Licensed for 13 years
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