Predictably, the conclusion of the Electric Daisy Carnival brought with
it news of numerous felony
drug arrests, and tragically, a fatality – a virtual yearly occurrence. Perhaps
it is inevitable that such unfortunate incidents will occur when in excess
of over 100,000 young adults gather in Las Vegas for the yearly rave event.
Unfortunately the consequences of the music festival affect many of the
participants in a profoundly negative way, months, and sometimes years
after the music festival concludes. Tragic deaths aside, an arrest, or
even worse, a criminal conviction for many of the party goers becomes
a painful reality for many of the young adults who otherwise are law abiding,
productive members of society. For these young men and women, a criminal
arrest can become a significant impediment to fully achieving life goals.
A criminal history of arrests, and or convictions, for even relatively
minor offenses, can curtail education and occupational opportunities.
In today’s day and age, modern technology makes it incredibly easy
for potential employers and others to conduct thorough and intrusive background
checks on virtually everyone. Just because someone may live at the other
end of the country does not mean that is very easy to determine that he
or she was arrested for a crime in Las Vegas.
Consider the following story which illustrates some of the issues which
plagued one young adult because she was arrested for a drug crime at past
Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival. The client, who shall remain anonymous
for obvious reasons, agreed to share her story in the hope that it could
benefit other persons who find themselves similarly situated because of
an arrest for a drug crime at the Electric Daisy Carnival.
The former client, a young woman, had been arrested for felony drug possession,
possession of controlled substance – ecstasy, to be precise. This
young lady was a brilliant student with a very promising future. A former
national merit scholar, and honors student at a prestigious university,
she planned on pursuing her dream of obtaining a law degree and establishing
a legal career. The summer before her senior year as an undergraduate,
this young woman decided to join a group of friends who were traveling
to Las Vegas to attend the EDC festival. Against her better judgment she
made a very poor decision which culminated in her being arrested for felony
drug possession. After hiring and firing her first criminal defense lawyer
(who was trying to persuade her to plead guilty to a lesser offense which
could be treated as either as a gross misdemeanor or a felony), she retained
our firm 6 months later. The problem which she was facing was that her
law school applications were due and that while she had a stellar grade
point average, and had done incredibly well on the law school admissions
test, she was in limbo because she had an active felony drug case which
would have had to have been reported on many of the applications. Long
story short, we were able to handle the case in a way that it was dismissed
and immediately sealed. This client paid a significant price in stress
and anxiety thinking that she was going to have to delay applying to law
school for a year because of the negotiation her prior attorney had structured
for her and was trying to force her to accept. Fortunately, the lawyer
at our firm who handled the case spotted an issue which enabled the result
which allowed this talented young woman to immediately pursue her dream
without waiting an extra year. Her application was submitted and we are
happy to report that she was admitted to a very good law school and is
doing quite well.
Unfortunately, it does not always work out this way. For various reasons,
many of the young men and women arrested for drug crimes at the Electric
Daisy Carnival sustain criminal convictions which will haunt them and
diminish their opportunities. We see it happen every year. People come
to us too late long after the damage has been done. Do not make this mistake.
This issue is too important to be left to chance.
If you find yourself in this position make sure to carefully select your
criminal defense lawyer.
Ask for specific examples of prior results. Do not accept broad assertions
of success. Ask to see proof. The lawyers at Oronoz, Ericsson & Gaffney
specialize in drug crimes defense. If arrested at the Electric Daisy Carnival
or any other Las Vegas event,
call us. We have the experience and expertise to help you beat your drug charge.