Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney Cristina Hinds

Cristina Hinds

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.

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. 


Las Vegas Criminal Lawyer Craig Mueller

Craig Mueller

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.

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.


John J. ShimerJohn J. Shimer, Esq.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
Juris Doctor conferred January, 2009
Concentration: Business Transactions
• Honors Scholarship Recipient
• Business Law Society—Founding Member
• Dean’s List Member
• Moot Court Competition
• Cooley 501(c)(3) Pro Bono Project
• Phi Alpha Delta Member


Associate Attorney
Mueller, Hinds & Associates
Las Vegas, NV
Performed primarily criminal defense with aggressive representation up to trial; approximately 15% of work product was devoted to general civil practice; responsible for writing the majority of the firm’s criminal motions and appeals

Associate Attorney
Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos
Las Vegas, NV
Primarily handle and manage approximately 35 complex litigation and general litigation files with significant client contact; mediate and perform settlement negotiations on complex litigation matters involving settlement demands in excess of $10 million; defend and take depositions of expert and lay witnesses; draft motions, client letters, demand letters, and written discovery; review insurance contracts; and perform all aspects of trial preparation including drafting pre-trial motions

Associate Attorney
Mueller, Hinds & Associates
Las Vegas, NV
Represented clients in both civil and criminal matters; worked in many different areas of the law including employment law, medical malpractice, personal injury, and all aspects of criminal defense; performed the vast majority of legal research and writing for the firm

Library Computer Lab Technician
Thomas M. Cooley Law Library
Lansing, MI
Assisted professors and students with Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis research, helped with technical support of user accounts; troubleshot and repaired student computer problems; worked closely with Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis representatives to aid in all aspects and areas of legal research

Financial Services Officer
Silver State Schools Credit Union
Las Vegas, NV
Provided customer service, completed various bank transactions, balanced cash drawer, and provided efficient and accurate customer service for diverse bank clientele

Recreation Assistant IV Supervisor
City of Henderson
Henderson, NV
Created instructor contracts, organized and supervised major city events; supervised about twenty employees, resolved complaints, and was responsible for the Valley View Recreation Center


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