NRS 205.680 – Overview of the Penalties Associated with Making a False Statement to Procure the Issuance of a Credit or Debit Card

According to NRS 205.680, a person who attempts to procure the issuance of a credit or debit card, and makes a false statement in writing, aware that is it false, with intent that it be relied on related to his identity or financial condition, or the financial condition of any other person, corporation or firm, has committed a gross misdemeanor. If you are convicted of this crime, you will face jail time, fines and other serious consequences that will follow you for years.

Gross Misdemeanor Punishment and Information in Nevada

Committing a gross misdemeanor in Nevada involves more serious consequences than a simple misdemeanor. Some of other common misdemeanors, other than that described in NRS Section 205.680, include:

  • Stalking
  • Indecent exposure
  • Open or gross lewdness

If you are charged with a gross misdemeanor for providing a false statement to obtain a credit card or debit card, you can have either a jury or bench trial. You can be punished by up to 354 days in jail, and/or a $2000 fine.

Most conviction records for gross misdemeanors can be sealed if the case was closed at least two years ago. If you are not a US citizen, your conviction can get you deported to your country of origin. Speak to your Las Vegas criminal defense attorney to determine if this is a possibility in your case.

Common Defense for Issuing a False Statement With Intent to Defraud

If you decide to retain a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney to fight the charges, your attorney may try to prove that you did not have any intent to defraud. This means that you may have given a false statement while trying to obtain a debit or credit card, but you were not aware it was false. It could be that you accidently gave the wrong name, or misstated your income without intent to defraud. If the prosecutor cannot prove intent beyond a reasonable doubt, the case could be dismissed.

Consequences of Conviction for Violation of NRS Section 205.680

If you are convicted for the crime described in NRS Section 205.680, be aware that the consequences could be worse than just jail time and a fine. Even when you walk out of jail, your life will most likely be changed for the worse. For example, you could face these problems:

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  • You may be ineligible for public housing and many public benefits. You could be denied public housing by the Public Housing Authority if you are convicted of a gross misdemeanor.
  • Difficulty getting a job. Most states have rules that do not allow employers to discriminate if you have a criminal record. But such laws are difficult to enforce.
  • Driver’s license suspension. Getting a gross misdemeanor on your record could cost you your driver’s license.
  • Loss of professional license. If you hold a professional license for your job, it could be suspended or revoked.

Have You Been Charged with a Gross Misdemeanor? Talk to an Experienced and Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer in Las Vegas Now

If you or a family member was charged with the crime of false statement to procure issuance of credit card or debit card you face serious criminal consequences, including jail time and fines. You also could find your daily life severely affected as it could be challenging to gain employment or rent a home or apartment. Please contact our Las Vegas office today for a free case review.