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  • John Million Turco

    Have You Been Arrested? Call Our Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer.

    John Million Turco has always sought challenges. After serving as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Turco attended and graduated from Whittier Law School. While in law school he earned the Am Jur BanCroft Whitney award for the highest grade in his class in the area of Constitutional Law.

    Following law school, he opened up a criminal defense law office in Las Vegas. Through hard work and diligence, he built a highly respected and successful criminal defense practice. In the 15 years he has practiced he has represented over 10,000 clients and has tried hundreds of cases in the Las Vegas courts.

    A Reputation for Results

    Mr. Turco has forced the State to follow constitutional protections and procured the release of clients wrongfully accused. In State v. Burnside, 10F11935A, Mr. Burnside was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, two counts of robbery with use of a deadly weapon, and burglary while in possession of a firearm. After careful review of the videotape, Mr. Turco determined that the individual who robbed the Subway could not have been his client. After vigorous engagement by Mr. Turco, the State was forced to release his client and dismiss all charges.

    In State v. Dumorne, Mr. Dumorne was accused of fondling his step daughter. He was charged with one count of lewdness with a minor under 14 and faced a life sentence. After intensive review and examination, the alleged victim admitted the accusation was false. Through his aggressive and continuous efforts the charge was dismissed.

    Mr. Turco has been very successful in creating new law. In State v. Johnson, No. 31368, the case involved the search of a vehicle and subsequent drug trafficking charges. Mr. Turco took the case all the way to the Nevada Supreme Court. He argued to the Supreme Court that the search of the vehicle by the police was illegal and that the drugs found should be suppressed. The Court ruled that Mr. Turco was correct and that the police had exceeded their authority and the case was dismissed. New Nevada law was created.

    Mr. Turco has also been zealously defending the rights of Nevada citizens authorized to use medical marijuana. He is currently arguing several cases which are headed to the Nevada Supreme Court, thus potentially making new law favorable to the citizens of Nevada.

    Knowledgeable Legal Counsel

    Mr. Turco has been a guest on multiple occasions, along with his partner, on Nevada’s Newsmaker/Public Policy Television Show “Face to Face” on Channel 3. He has numerous cases that have received media coverage due to their nature.

    Mr. Turco has always been an aggressive competitor. He earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Florida and was the Southeastern Conference Champion in 1988. He was also an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is actively involved in Devil Pups Program which helps at risk youth and change their lives.

    Mr. Turco brings his aggressive competitiveness and extensive experience to protect his clients both in and out of the courtroom.

  • Education

    • Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
      • J.D.
    • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
      • B.S.
      • Major: Exercise and Sport Sciences


    • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Bar Admissions

    • Nevada, 1996
    • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 1996
  • Representative Cases

    • State v. Johnson, 116 Nev 78 (Nevada Supreme Court 2000)
    • Salazar v. State, 119 Nev 224 (Nevada Supreme Court 2003)
  • Past Employment Positions

    • United States Marine Corps., Captain, 1989 - 1993
    • Congressional Campaign Staff, Aide, 1988
    • Los Angeles Unified School District, Teacher, 1988 - 1989
  • Honors and Awards

    • AM JUR Bancroft-Whitney Award, Constitutional Law (top grade in the class) Corporations
  • What made you choose a career in criminal law?

    I’m a strong believer in the Constitution. Our Justice system is directly controlled by our Constitution. I believe our country is stronger and truer to its founding purpose when the Government is forced to follow the Constitution. Criminal defense is an area where I can see and feel I’ve made a difference in an individuals life, given them a second chance – an opportunity for a different and better result in their lives.

  • In your opinion, what sets your firm apart from other firms in the area?

    Our firm is set apart by our pride, dedication and quality. We use a detached approach – one is where our intelligence and logic guide us in making winning choices for our clients. We both have long histories of quality work and success in the Las Vegas courts. Our reputations for consistently high quality work is unmatched. The vast majority of our clients are direct referrals, from people we’ve actually helped, not promises from a television advertisement.

  • Tell us about a case that you are particularly proud of:

    Two cases immediately came to mind. My client was charged with Robbery with use of a Deadly Weapon. After an exacting investigation and review of the discovery (police report and videos) I was able to argue to convince the district attorney that my client was not guilty, but was in fact innocent. He was wrongly arrested and charged but my effort prevented a tragedy. The second case is regarding a drug case in which my client was guilty but the results were outstanding. My client was a drug user who was facing ten (10) years in prison. He had become involved in trafficking and sales of drugs to support his drug habit. Through both litigation and negotiation I was able to get him into a drug program which upon graduation the charges were dropped and he was able to work, to school and return to his family to be the father he always wanted to be.

  • What steps do you take to prepare for a difficult case?

    Proper preparation is key to success. First I read all of the discovery (documents associated with the case provided by the government) to understand what the state is saying happened. I speak in depth with my client to understand what really happened. As well, my office investigates the facts of the case by going into the street to ask questions and uncover potentially hidden defenses the State is unaware of or has ignored. I then pull all the information together to form a powerful defense for my client.

  • How do you view your role in the attorney-client relationship?

    I am a guide for my client. I have the knowledge of the law and the practical experience of nineteen years of daily practice in the Southern Nevada courts. After I prepare for the case, as described above, I explain how the legal system is supposed to work, then how it works in reality. I give my client the various choices available to him. I then explain, based on the facts, how the case will likely work out. I always tell them I will execute whatever choice they make as long as it is legal and ethical. My clients make their own informed choices, which I help carry out. I don’t push people into “deals”.

  • What sets you apart from other criminal defense attorneys – why is this important?

    Pride, dedication and professionalism. I care about the results of each case for each client. I do not make promises to my clients. I give my very best effort, to each and every client and the results show. I have a very strong positive reputation in the courts, among judges, prosecutors and the other criminal defense attorneys. They know I am a prepared professional who takes care of my clients. I take personal pride in the results I get for every client – the results matter to me.

  • How does having experience benefit your clients?

    I have been practicing virtually every court day for 21 years in our Southern Nevada courts. I have over ten thousand court appearances. Active experience is a key element to the quality and results a lawyer produces. I say active experience because an attorney needs to be active and aggressive in using his experience to the benefit of his client, not sit back and say I’ve seen this before yet do nothing.

  • What types of cases do you specifically handle?

    All criminal cases. I have especially deep knowledge and experience in drug crimes, DUI and domestic violence cases. I regularly handle drug cases in which my clients face a minimum mandatory prison term of ten (10) years to life in prison. Many of my clients are alleged to be part of DTO’s (Drug Trafficking Organizations) I also handle all drug cases including simple possession. DUI - Driving under the Influence cases take me to court on a daily basis. I successfully handle DUI cases in every state court in Southern Nevada. My client base is by direct referral because I get the results my clients need. Domestic violence, is a unique situation which needs to be handled correctly. If done poorly it can affect a client’s rights and family situation for the rest his life. If handled correctly, I put my clients in the position to get a fresh start.

  • In your opinion, what is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

    Getting the job done right. It gives me great satisfaction when I know the case was handled correctly and the result made my client happy. I know they’re satisfied because they recommend me to their friends. That is the ultimate compliment.

  • What advice do you most often give your clients & why?

    Once they’ve hired me I tell them to relax and live their life. They can put the pressure of their case on my shoulders and I will handle it. That is one of the key reasons my clients refer others to me. They have the confidence that I will protect them and get the best possible result for them.

“The Best Defense Attorney in Town!”

“Hiring Robert guarantees you the best defense you can get. I am somewhat of a needy client, sometimes requiring a lot of one-on-one attention from my attorney. He has now represented me on multiple cases and still always gives me the time and respect and personal attention I require. He came highly recommended to me and I'm highly recommending him to you.”