According to NRS 205.570, a person who intends to defraud and obtains a document of title that is negotiable for goods to which said person does not have title, or which are subject to a security interest, and proceeds to negotiate the document for value, and does not disclose the want of title or existence of a security, will be punished as follows:
If a person is convicted for the crime of obtaining or negotiating a document of title for goods with intent to defraud, you may face more consequences than only jail time and fines. Having a felony on your criminal record can create the following headaches:
While being convicted of a misdemeanor for this crime is less severe than a felony, such a conviction can still bring hardship to your life.
The most common defense to a charge under NRS 205.570 is lack of intent. When your attorney makes this defense, he is arguing you were not aware you were engaging in fraud. Or, you lacked the mental capacity to have intent due to mental disability or intoxication. This is a common defense in many fraud cases. It could be effective for the crime of obtaining or negotiating a document of title for goods with intent to defraud, if your attorney can prove you did not intend to commit fraud against another person.
Also, lack of knowledge can be used to defend you against a charge of fraud. This may be an effective defense if you can prove that you did not have the detailed knowledge of a document of title to commit fraud.
If you have been charged with the crime of obtaining or negotiating a document of title for goods with intent to defraud, this is a category D felony in Nevada if the value of the goods is $650 or more. You are facing serious criminal and civil consequences. Contact our Las Vegas office today for a free, confidential case review.