Michael L. Becker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas Defense Group, LLC
 | 2970 W Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102
Phone: 702-333-1600
Fax: 702-974-0524
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Immigration: Consumer (20%),
  • Family Law (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Michael L. Becker is an attorney with Las Vegas Defense Group, LLC, which has law offices in Las Vegas, Henderson and Reno, Nevada. Serving clients throughout Nevada and the surrounding areas of Colorado, Mr. Becker focuses his practice primarily on criminal defense, and he provides unmatched representation and support to those who stand accused of serious felony and misdemeanor offenses, including DUI, drug possession, sexual assault, kidnapping, domestic violence, attempted murder and more.

    A lawyer since 1992, Mr. Becker has successfully handled more than 100 jury trials, and he has achieved a long record of securing acquittals, dismissals and reductions of charges for the accused. Over the course of his career, he has earned a reputation as one of the leading criminal defense attorneys in the country, and the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers often turns to him for assistance with advocating on behalf of police officers charged with criminal offenses.

    As further evidence of his leadership in his field, Mr. Becker has appeared on several local and national television news programs as well as in trade journals, newspapers and other publications, where he has offered in-depth legal commentary on a variety of subjects. Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has earned a Top 100 Trial Lawyers designation from the National Trial Lawyers, a lead counsel designation and many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers.

    Recognized for his unwavering commitment to his clients, Mr. Becker has also received "Superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings" on Avvo as well as the site's Clients' Choice award. He has also received a 10 Best in Client Satisfaction rating from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys along with a Three Best rating and designation from Expertise as one of the Top DUI Lawyers in Las Vegas.

    A 1989 graduate of the University of Southern California, Mr. Becker obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992. He is an active member of the State Bar of Nevada, The State Bar of California, Colorado Bar Association and The Florida Bar as well as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among his other professional affiliations.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Immigration: Consumer
    • 10%Family Law
    • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

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    About Michael Becker

    Admitted: 2004, Nevada

    Professional Webpage: https://www.shouselaw.com/nv/defense/

    Honors/Awards:

    • American Civil Liberties Union, Member, 1993 - Current
    • Lead Counsel "Rated Attorney"
    • Three Best Rated, Best criminal defense attorney
    • The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys' "10 Best" Attorneys for Client Satisfaction
    • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense "Nationally Ranked Superior DUI Attorney"
    • The National Trial Lawyers' "Top 100" Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer (Nevada), The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
    • Super Lawyer, 2020
    • Top Lawyer, Desert Companion Magazine, 2014
    • Top Attorney; Superb Attorney; 10 out of 10, AVVO, 2017
    • Lead Counsel verified, 2010
    • 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
    • Nationally Ranked Superior DUI Attorney, National Advocacy for DUI Defense, 2015
    • Top 100 Attorney, MYVEGAS Magazine, 2016
    • 10 Best Attorney (Nevada), American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2015
    • Lead Counsel verified, 2011
    • 10 Best Law Firm Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2018
    • Best DUI Lawyers in Las Vegas, Expertise, 2018
    • 10 Best Attorney (Nevada), American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2016
    • 100 Law Points (the only perfect score in the U.S.), Lawyer.com, 2015
    • Lead Counsel verified, 2009
    • Top 3 Criminal Defense Firm in Las Vegas, Three Best Rated, 2017
    • Lead Counsel verified, 2017
    • Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney (Nevada), National Trial Lawyers, 2017
    • https://bestoflasvegas.com/listing/k:las%20vegas%20defense%20group, Best Criminal Defense Firm Gold Winner, Las Vegas Review-Journal "Best of Las Vegas", 2018

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified in Field Sobriety Testing & DUI Investigations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2009

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
    • USDC Nevada, 2010
    • Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers (NAPSO)
    • Florida, 1994
    • Colorado, 1997
    • California, 1993
    • Nevada, 2004

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Barral v. State, 131 Nev. 520, 353 P.3d 1197, Nevada Supreme Court, 2015
    • Gonzalez v Eighth Judicial District Court of Nev, 129 Nev 215, 298 P.3d 448, Nevada Supreme Court, 2013
    • State of NV v. Kenneth K.
    • People v. Mark O. (California)
    • State of NV v. Jairo G., 2009
    • State of NV v. Diane W.
    • People v. Oswaldo D. (California), 2005
    • State of NV v. Fernando G., 2007
    • People v. Kevin R. (California), 2008
    • People v. Alberto S. (California), 2009
    • State of NV v. David S., 2009
    • State of NV v Andrew B., 2009
    • State of NV v. Armen M., 2009
    • State of NV v. Jack L., 2009
    • State of NV v. Timothy S., 2009
    • People v. William R. (California), 2010
    • State of NV v. Stuart R., 2010
    • People v. Angel H. (California), 2010
    • State of NV v. Nicholas T., 2010
    • State of NV v. Sean W., 2010
    • State of NV v. William M., 2010
    • State of NV v. James B., 2010
    • State of NV v. Frederick L., 2010
    • State of NV v. David B., 2010
    • State of NV v. Aaron C., 2010
    • State of NV v. John R., 2011
    • State of NV v. Daryal T., 2011
    • State of NV v. Dustin B., 2015
    • State of NV v. Christian P., 2012
    • State of NV v. Aaron H., 2013
    • State of NV v. Andry N., 2013
    • State of NV v. Leopoldo G., 2013
    • State of NV v. Robert M. & Sean C., 2014
    • State of NV v. Jackie A., 2014
    • State of NV v. Linda C., 2017
    • State of NV v. James G., 2015
    • State of NV v. Jerby R., 2016
    • People v. Jesse O., 2017
    • State of NV v. S.B., 2018
    • People v. C.G., 2018
    • State of NV v. K.D., 2018
    • People v. Nicholas H. Santa Barbara , 2019
    • Esther P. v. Director of Department of Motor Vehicles, 2019
    • People v. Hunter, 2019
    • Child Rape Trial: Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty" on all five counts State v. J.A. (Fifth Judicial District Court, 2014) Our client was charged in Pahrump, Nevada, with five counts of sexual assault by two separate minor accusers where our client faced 175 years to life in prison. During trial, Las Vegas Defense Group attorneys Michael Becker and Daniel Page called into question the purported victims' credibility by pointing out that they did not make their accusations until years after the alleged incident occurred. They also called our client's wife to the stand to testify as to the goodness of his character. And they cross-examined a sheriff's deputy, who conceded that one of the victims recanted her story. The jury did not deliberate long before returning an acquittal on all charges., 2014
    • People v. Jason W. (case in Victorville, CA), 2020
    • Las Vegas Sexual Assault Trial:  Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty"State v. A.H. (Clark County District Court, 2013) Our client was accused of sexually assaulting a minor at a party.  Our Las Vegas defense team used evidence from Facebook postings to show that any sexual relations were consensual. The jury returned a not guilty verdict., 2013
    • Murder Trial: Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty" People v. H.S. (Los Angeles Superior Court, 2016) Las Vegas Defense Group attorney Michael Becker travelled to Los Angeles to defend a California client accused of murder. Michael Becker argued to the jury that our client's accomplice...who had been granted immunity...was not credible and that he likely committed the homicide. The jury came back in only 37 minutes to find our client "not guilty" of murder., 2016
    • Las Vegas Sexual Assault Trial:  Hung Jury, followed by charge reduction State v. A.N. (Clark County District Court, 2013) Our client is Russian and was in Las Vegas for a convention. His female translator accused him of raping her in his hotel room, and there was physical evidence supporting her claims. He was charged with the Nevada crime of sexual assault and a variety of additional felony sex counts, and the D.A. offered a plea bargain which would have required several years in prison. At trial our Las Vegas defense team argued that his accuser was looking to stay in the United States and alter her immigration status by obtaining a U visa as a victim of crime.  The Jury came back hung 11-1 in favor of not guilty, and Las Vegas Defense Group, L.L.C., ultimately resolved the case for credit time served on a minor gross misdemeanor. Instead of spending his life in prison in a country where he did not speak the language, our client got to go home to his family., 2013
    • Attempted Murder Appeal. NV v. L.C. (Nevada Supreme Court) On appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, Michael argued that the trial court judge committed reversible error by allowing in evidence that was prejudicial to the client. The Nevada Supreme Court and reversed the convictions and remanded for a new trial., 2017
    • Las Vegas Lewdness with a Child Trial:  Jury Verdict of "Not Guilty"State v. L.G. (Clark County District Court, 2013) Our client was tried for the Nevada crime of sexual assault and the Nevada crime of lewdness with a minor under fourteen, which both carry life sentences. Our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer Michael Becker convinced the jury that the police failed to conduct an adequate investigation such as doing DNA testing. Additionally, Michael Becker pointed out numerous inconsistencies in state witness testimony. The jury unanimously found our client "not guilty" on the lewdness count. As for the rape allegation, eleven of the twelve jurors found our client "not guilty," so the judge declared a mistrial on the sexual assault count. The D.A. planned to retry the rape charge. Instead of putting our client through another trial, our Las Vegas defense team argued that double jeopardy prohibited the D.A. from retrying the case. Las Vegas Defense Group, L.L.C.,  also cited the U.S. Supreme Court case Ashe v. Swenson to support our position that collateral estoppel prevented prosecutors from retrying the case. The Clark County District Court denied our motion, so our firm wrote and filed an appellate writ. Then in a published opinion, the Nevada Supreme Court remanded the matter back to the District Court. The District Court thereafter granted our motion, and the case was dismissed, 2013
    • Sex Assault Appeal: Reversed and Remanded State v. J.R. Las Vegas Defense Group's client was serving a life sentence after having been convicted at trial of two counts of lewdness with a minor in Nevada and sexual coercion. The charges stemmed from two alleged incidents that supposedly occurred several years apart. On appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, Michael argued that the trial court abused its discretion by failing to sever the trial (grant separate trials for each incident). Evidence that was arguably admissible on one charge was not admissible on the other charge(s), so the jury was prejudiced by hearing irrelevant evidence that may have caused them to hand down a conviction wrongfully. Today, the Nevada Supreme Court issued a decision agreeing with Michael's reasoning, and they ordered that our client's case be reversed and remanded. Our client's life sentence was therefore lifted., 2016

    Videos:

    • Listen to Michael Becker deliver winning oral argument at the Nevada Supreme Court that resulted in the defendant's attempt murder conviction being reversed and remanded., Nevada Supreme Court oral argument, 2016
    • , Las Vegas Defense Group - Family Law, 2016
    • Michael Becker on Las Vegas Now discussing student-teacher relationships in Nevada law. KLAS News 8 CBS., Las Vegas Now, student-teacher relationships., 2017
    • , Las Vegas Defense Group - Criminal Defense, 2016
    • , Las Vegas Defense Group - Immigration Law, 2016
    • , Client reviews, 2018
    • , Las Vegas Defense Group - Personal Injury Law, 2016
    • Michael Becker appears on The Morning Blend on KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas to discuss marijuana laws in Nevada. , The Morning Blend: Nevada Marijuana Laws, 2017

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    Educational Background:

    • University of Southern California, BA in Political Science, 1989
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    Office Location for Michael L. Becker

    2970 W Sahara Ave.
    Las Vegas, NV 89102

    Phone: 702-333-1600

    Fax: 702-974-0524

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    Last Updated: 6/29/2020

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