Being accused of a crime can be one of the most stressful, life-altering, and damaging experiences someone can ever go through. Regardless of whether or not the individual made a mistake or was falsely accused, a skilled criminal defense lawyer at Liberty Law Group can work to protect their rights and pursue a favorable outcome in their case. This might mean a reduction of charges, an outright dismissal, or a not-guilty verdict at trial. Our team works to vehemently defend each and every client we represent. We never judge our clients. When someone hires us to defend them, we defend them with maximum effort, utilizing maximum resources to strive for the best possible outcome for them.

Nebraska Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our firm proudly serves the communities of Omaha in Douglas County, Lincoln in Lancaster County, Papillion in Sarpy County, and across the neighboring counties of Dodge, Cass, Washington, Saunders, and throughout Eastern Nebraska. We also represent those charged in Iowa including the communities of Council Bluffs in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and surrounding areas. If you or a loved one has been arrested, charged with a crime, is under investigation, or has an active arrest warrant, don’t hesitate to call our office at (402) 865-0501 to request a free and confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.

Criminal Cases Handled by Liberty Law Group

Drunk Driving / DUI

In Nebraska, DUI (Driving Under the Influence) refers to offenses related to operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This includes driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, or while impaired by alcohol or drugs. The severity of DUI offenses increases with factors such as previous convictions, high BAC levels, and the presence of injuries or fatalities resulting from the DUI. Distinct categories exist for cases involving minors, juvenile drivers, commercial drivers, and drug use, including prescription drugs. Refusing a BAC test is also a specific offense.

Probation Violations

In Nebraska, probation violation refers to not following the court-mandated rules given to someone on probation. Probation is an alternative to jail, allowing individuals to live in society but under strict conditions like behavior rules, living and working requirements, participation in educational or treatment programs, and avoiding weapons. Regular meetings with a probation officer, financial duties, and community service are usually required. Additional rules apply for drug offenses. Consequences for breaking these rules vary, including stricter supervision, short-term jail, or even the full original jail sentence for serious breaches. Nebraska’s probation system focuses on rehabilitation, especially for young offenders, balancing public safety with chances for reform. Probation officers monitor compliance with these conditions, while the legal system, including defense attorneys, offers support, challenges violations, and negotiates on behalf of those on probation.

Domestic Violence

In Nebraska, domestic violence covers various serious crimes against family or household members. These offenses range from endangering minors to physical assaults, including against pregnant victims. The severity of these crimes varies, with some considered misdemeanors and others felonies, depending on factors like the victim’s status and the nature of the offense. Violating restraining orders and obstructing emergency calls are also penalized.

Drug Charges

In Nebraska, drug crimes include a variety of offenses related to controlled substances under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. These range from simple possession to more serious crimes like trafficking and manufacturing. The classification and severity of these offenses depend on factors such as the type and quantity of the drug, as well as the nature of the crime, such as distribution or manufacturing. The laws also cover drug paraphernalia, prescription drug offenses, and federal drug charges, with penalties ranging from minor infractions to severe felonies.

Marijuana Defense

In Nebraska, marijuana-related offenses include minor infractions to serious felonies, depending on the quantity and the nature of the activity. State laws differentiate penalties based on the amount possessed: smaller amounts result in lesser charges, while larger quantities can lead to felony charges. Activities like possession with intent to distribute marijuana or manufacturing or possessing THC concentrates carry significant penalties as well. Under federal law, marijuana offenses include possession and distribution, with penalties varying by quantity and circumstances like proximity to schools. Both state and federal law make seemingly small amounts of marijuana illegal, despite its growth in popularity throughout the country.

Financial Crimes / White-Collar Crime

Financial crimes in Nebraska encompass a range of illegal activities related to financial deception and theft, from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. The severity of these crimes and their penalties typically depend on the amount of money involved. Key offenses include various forms of fraud and theft, each with specific legal definitions and thresholds for classification. This includes crimes like credit card fraud, identity theft, and insurance fraud. Additionally, federal financial crimes such as mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering are strictly prosecuted, as they involve deceptive practices to illegally acquire money or property.

Gun Crimes

In Nebraska, gun crimes cover offenses related to the illegal possession and use of firearms. These include unauthorized possession, which violates specific laws or restrictions, and unlawful discharge, which involves firing a gun improperly or in a way that endangers public safety. Additionally, individuals with felony convictions are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. Each of these crimes carries specific legal consequences, highlighting Nebraska’s commitment to regulating firearm use and ensuring public safety.

Sex Crimes

In Nebraska, sex crimes include a broad range of illegal sexual activities. These offenses vary in severity but are taken very seriously, encompassing non-consensual acts like aggravated sexual assault and rape, crimes targeting minors such as statutory rape and continuous sexual abuse, and exploitation through means like child pornography and human trafficking. Each type of offense carries specific legal definitions and penalties.

Theft and Property Crimes

In Nebraska, theft and property crimes cover a variety of illegal activities related to taking, damaging, or intruding on someone’s property. These crimes range from arson, involving intentional property burning, to burglary and robbery, which entail illegal entry and taking property through force or threat. Other common offenses include shoplifting, possessing stolen property, criminal mischief and trespass, and vandalism. Each of these crimes is defined by specific laws and carries corresponding penalties based on its misdemeanor or felony classification.

Vehicle / Traffic Offenses

In Nebraska, vehicle and traffic offenses cover serious violations related to driving on public roads. These include hit and run, where a driver leaves an accident scene without providing necessary information or aid. Fleeing from police, involving the intentional evasion of law enforcement, and unauthorized racing on public roads are also serious offenses. Reckless driving, defined as driving with a disregard for safety, and vehicular homicide, involving causing a death through reckless driving, are further examples of offenses that can place a convicted person behind bars for years.

Violent Crimes

In Nebraska, violent crimes are offenses involving force or the threat of force and are taken very seriously due to their potential to cause serious harm or instill fear. These include assault and battery, involving physical attacks or threats, and criminal harassment, which causes emotional distress. Other serious offenses in this category are false imprisonment, child endangerment, and kidnapping. Additionally, this category includes the broad range of offenses that involve another’s death, including murder, where a sentence of up to life in prison is often imposed on those who are convicted.

Juvenile Defense

In Nebraska, juvenile offenses are criminal acts committed by minors. These offenses are similar to adult crimes but are treated differently in the legal system, focusing more on rehabilitation and future prevention for young offenders. Common juvenile offenses include underage alcohol possession, where minors are found with alcoholic beverages and possession of a fake ID, typically used to access age-restricted areas or buy restricted products. Juvenile drug crimes cover various illegal activities with controlled substances, from possession to distribution.

Problem-Solving Courts and Pretrial Diversion Programs

In Nebraska, problem-solving courts and pretrial diversion programs are legal approaches focusing on rehabilitation and addressing underlying issues, such as substance abuse and mental health, to prevent future offenses. These programs provide alternatives to traditional incarceration for eligible individuals, often resulting in dismissed charges upon successful completion.

  • Adult Drug Court (Douglas County, Lancaster County)
  • Veterans Treatment Court (Douglas County, Lancaster County)
  • Young Adult Court (Douglas County)
  • Treatment Diversion Program (Lancaster County)
  • Veterans Diversion Program (Lancaster County)
  • Intensive Supervision Diversion (Lancaster County)
  • Mental Health Diversion (Lancaster County)
  • General Diversion Program
  • Omaha Restorative Justice Program
  • Juvenile Diversion (Douglas County)

Criminal Record Sealing / Expungement

In Nebraska, individuals with criminal records have options like adult and juvenile record sealing, conviction set-asides, pardons, and expungements to improve or clear their records. Sealing restricts public access to the record, usually in cases of dismissal, acquittal, pardon, or for human trafficking victims. It’s automatic for juvenile offenses but may need extra steps. A set-aside nullifies a conviction, restoring rights but not erasing the conviction. Pardons, from the Board of Pardons or city mayors, restore rights and can lead to record sealing. Expungement removes an arrest, acting as if it never happened, but requires proof of law enforcement error. Lawyers play a key role in these processes, determining eligibility, guiding individuals through the legal steps, representing individuals in court, and handling objections.

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Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Nebraska | Liberty Law Group

At Liberty Law Group, our skilled criminal defense lawyers provide comprehensive, full-service representation in state and federal courts through every stage of a criminal case including jury trials. Our firm proudly serves the communities of Omaha, Lincoln, Papillion, and Council Bluffs across Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy, Saunders, Cass, Washington, and Dodge Counties of Nebraska. We also defend those arrested in Council Bluffs, Pattawattamie County, Iowa, and throughout the surrounding areas. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (402) 865-0501 to request a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case with one of our attorneys. We are standing by and ready to help you immediately.

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