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Craig Mueller, Criminal Defense Attorney

Craig Mueller is exceptionally pleased to serve the citizens of the Las Vegas Valley. He has ties to the Las Vegas community spanning over 30 years. He graduated from local Eldorado High School in 1979.
After graduation from high school, Craig received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland. In 1983, he graduated from the Academy and received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science.

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Craig Mueller, Esq.

Craig began his military career as a Missile & Fire Control Officer in 1984 where he received Efficiency and Meritorious Unit Citation for operations in the Persian Gulf. Thereafter, he served as Deputy Project Manager for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command from 1987 until 1988 where he managed the acquisition of naval communication systems. He later served as a personnel officer and was directly responsible for the assignment of over 40,000 enlisted men world-wide and managed a $14 million budget.
While serving active duty, Craig attended the University Of Baltimore School Of Law. After graduation, Craig served as a legal assistant for a Senior State Senator during the 1991 session of the State Senate of Maryland in Annapolis. In this capacity, Craig drafted legislation and presented testimony for hearings. 
From 1991-1992, Craig assisted Administrative Law Judge Joseph Kaplan of the Baltimore City Circuit Court with complex civil litigation and criminal matters by researching and recommending rulings.
Although he was gaining invaluable experience, Craig longed to come back to Las Vegas. He returned in 1991 and joined a large civil litigation firm as an Associate Attorney. Craig learned a great deal about practicing civil law in Las Vegas, but he wanted courtroom/trial experience.
Craig joined the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in 1993 as a Deputy District Attorney. Here, Craig was trained by experienced trial attorneys in how to analyze, prepare, and negotiate cases and present them for trial. He also was a founding member of the Clark County District Attorney’s DUI prosecution team.
In 1997, Craig returned to Las Vegas to start his own practice, Craig A. Mueller and Associates, P.C. Craig and his staff of attorneys handled all civil and criminal matters. Craig tried hundreds of cases during this time and developed his specialty in DUI defense. He was also appointed for several years by the North Las Vegas Justice Court to represent indigent criminal defendants.
During this time, Craig additionally served as Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve. He was stationed on a destroyer in the Persian Gulf where, as the Exercise Coordinator, he was awarded a Navy Achievement Medal.
In 2007, Craig and his wife Cristina Hinds decided it would enhance their practice and be the most beneficial for their clients if they joined forces to represent people together. In 2007, they started Mueller, Hinds, and Associates, Chtd. where they continue to practice today. Craig is lead counsel and President and specializes in DUI. He also performs general criminal defense and prepares injury cases that are scheduled for trial.




Cristina Hinds, Criminal Defense Attorney

Cristina Hinds received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1995.  During her political science studies, she spent a semester in Washington DC interning for Senator Richard Bryan while studying the legislative process.

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Cristina Hinds, Esq.

She later attended the University of San Diego School of Law and received several first place awards for Moot Court competitions.  Cristina also spent her a summer during law school as an extern at the Nevada Supreme Court.  At the Court, she read briefs, researched opinions, and drafted recommendations for the Justices.  All recommendations she prepared were unanimously accepted. 
The next summer, Cristina interned at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for District Attorney Stewart Bell.  She worked exclusively in the Appellate Division preparing briefs and responding to motions for credit for time served and post-conviction petitions for writ of habeas corpus for the State of Nevada.
After graduation from law school, Cristina returned to Las Vegas and the District Attorney’s Office.  Cristina performed more intensive research and writing.  Additionally, she assisted the Bad Check Diversion Unit, and among other duties, drafted legislation which was later enacted into State law.  Cristina also argued an appeal on behalf of the State before the Nevada Supreme Court.
After approximately two years, Cristina left the DA’s Office to start her own law firm.  She used her experience gained at the District Attorney’s Office to operate a successful criminal defense practice.  In addition to handling City and State misdemeanor and felony criminal defense, Cristina’s extensive writing experience earned her countless appointments from various courts to assist with researching and drafting post-conviction remedies and appeals for defendants.
As a solo practitioner, Cristina also appeared before the Nevada Pardon’s Board on behalf of a woman who, 13 years prior, had been convicted of first degree murder with use of a deadly weapon.  While preparing the case, Cristina discovered that her client had a defense that was never explored or presented at trial by her former attorney.  She successfully argued that the defense would have made a difference in the outcome of the trial.  She persuaded all members of the Board to grant her client relief in a unanimous decision.  Her client was released from prison shortly thereafter.
In addition to criminal defense, Cristina has practiced other areas of law, including family law, real estate, and contracts.  For four years, she was the only Town Attorney for the Town of Pahrump, Nevada.  There, she reviewed contracts, drafted ordinances, and advised and made recommendations to the Town Board.  Cristina also represented the Town in multi million dollar contract negotiations with the International Association of Firefighter and the local union.  Further, Cristina was responsible for reviewing the Town’s contract for solid waste disposal, renegotiating the contract, and implementing a franchise fee which resulted in the Town receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Lester M. Paredes, Criminal Defense Attorney


Inspired Advocacy

NV Bar No. 11236
CA Bar No. 281060

Career Highlights

• Recognized by Desert Companion Magazine as a 2014 Top Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada
• Achieving Justice through Trial Advocacy: Graduated from the three-week Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming, September 2014
• Broad and Deep Experience: Defended over 1,000 cases as a deputy Clark County Deputy Public Defender and private practitioner from traffic tickets to homicide
• Community Leadership: Coach of the undergraduate UNLV Mock Trial Team from its inaugural season in 2013-2014 to the present and awarded the 2015 David Buskirk Award for service to the community.
• Proven Communicator: Spanish-language contributor to Univision - Las Vegas providing commentary and analysis of criminal issues affecting the local community

EXPERIENCE
UNLV Criminal Justice Department, Mock Trial Coach
April 2013 - present

Law Offices of Lester M. Paredes III
December 2011 - present
Represented adult clients and focused on aggressively representing the overcharged and innocent individual against the relative omnipotence of the criminal justice system

Clark County Deputy Public Defender, Las Vegas, NV
October 2008 – October 2011
Zealously represented a multitude of adult defendants accused of a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor charges in all stages of state criminal proceedings including in two jury trials, multiple misdemeanor trials, numerous arraignments, bail hearings, preliminary hearings, sentencing hearings and probation revocation hearings

 

 

EDUCATION
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, Dubois WY
September 2014 Graduate
Learned to apply psychodramatic techniques to the art of storytelling in trials

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
J.D. 2008
Trial Advocacy Related Experience: Greenhalgh Mock Trial Competition 2006, National Trial Advocacy Competition 2006, Barrister’s Council 2006-2008, Greenhalgh Mock Trial Committee 2006, American Association for Justice Mock Trial Competition 2007
Leadership Experience: Student Bar Association Delegate 2007-2008, Director of Trial Advocacy 2007-2008

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
B.A. International Relations 2005
LEGAL PUBLICATION
Lester M. Paredes III, The Travelers’ Privacy Protection Act: Be Reasonable with my Private Information and Expensive Equipment, 45 Crim. L. Bull. 1-41 (2009) (canvassing the constitutional rights implicated by suspicionless searches of digital information at the national border) (arguing laptops are distinguishable from luggage and against the practice of suspicionless searches as unconstitutional).
PROFICIENCIES AND SKILLS
Fluent in Spanish
Typing speed of 60+ words per minute
Use of psychodramatic techniques to discover and communicate the “story”




Kelsey Bernstein, ESQ.

Education

William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, May 2015
Class Rank: 27/143; GPA: 3.51
Honors: Academic Scholarship, all semesters;
Dean’s List, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, and Spring 2015
Activities: Law Review (Nevada Law Journal), 2013 – 2015
OUTLaws, Vice President, 2014 – 2015
Banana Peel Society for Tort and Personal Injury Law, Founder, 2012 – 2013
Alternative Dispute Resolution Society, 2012 – 2015

Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, May 2012
Class Rank: Top 5 (no specific number given)
Major: Political Science (Minor: Philosophy)
GPA: 4.0
Honors: Academic Scholarship, all semesters; Dean’s List, all semesters
Activities: Top Senior, Invited to attend Henry Clay Student Congress; Teaching Assistant (Political Science Dep’t); Laboratory Assistant (Advanced Biology Dep’t); Water Infrastructure Project Assistant (Economics Dep’t); Assistant to University Vice-Provost

Experience

Mueller, Hinds & Associates, Las Vegas, Nevada
Associate Attorney, Oct. 2015 – Present
· Head of Civil Department, in charge of as many as 90 civil case files in various stages of litigation
· Drafted over 600 original motions, briefs, appeals, answers/oppositions, orders, contracts, and other legal documents (as of March 2017).

Judicial Law Clerk, Las Vegas, Nevada
Civil/Criminal, The Honorable Stefany Miley, Department 23, Aug. 2015 – Sept. 2015
· Reviewed hundreds of various motions, orders, and petitions
· Drafted bench memoranda, Decisions, and Findings of Fact and/or Conclusions of Law

Kang & Associates Law Group, Las Vegas, Nevada
Law Intern, May 2013 – October 2013
· Drafted Motions for Summary Judgment, Motions to Dismiss, Oppositions, 16.1 Initial Disclosures, and propounded and answered civil Discovery.

SKILLS AND INTERESTS

Skills: Statistical and logistical analysis, academic and legal writing, mathematics, legal research
Interests: Word games, travelling, primitive camping, hiking, exploring.



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