Nevada Defense Lawyer Explains Misconduct in Signing Petitions

In the state of Nevada, it is unlawful to engage in misconduct in signing or filing a petition. Altering a petition can also be considered to be a criminal offense. Misconduct in connection with petitions or altering petitions can result in criminal charges under provisions set forth within Chapter 205, which is the part of Nevada’s penal code that deals with property crimes.

If you have been accused of a criminal offense in connection with petitions, you need an attorney who is familiar with fraud and forgery offenses made illegal in Chapter 205 of Title 15. LV Criminal Defense is here and ready to help you. Our Vegas defense attorneys have extensive experience providing representation to defendants accused of wrongdoing and we can put our knowledge of Nevada law to work to help you respond assertively to charges by implementing the legal strategy that makes the most sense for your particular situation.

To find out more about how our firm can help you to respond to accusations of misconduct in signing, filing, or altering a petition, give us a call today.

Nevada Revised Statute Section 205.125: Misconduct in Signing, Filing, or Altering Petitions

Nevada defines illegal misconduct in signing, filing, or altering petitions in Nevada Revised Statute section 205.125. According to the relevant law, it is illegal to willfully sign the name of any other person to a petition. This conduct is illegal regardless of whether the person whose name is fraudulently signed to the petition is living or is deceased. It is also illegal for anyone to put a fictitious name on any petition.

If a defendant violates the rules by signing the name of a fictitious person or by signing someone else’s name, that defendant can be convicted of a category D felony. Each individual instance in which an individual puts another person’s name on a petition or each individual case in which an individual puts a fictitious name on a petition is a separate criminal offense for which a defendant can be charged with a category D felony.

In addition to this prohibition against putting someone else’s name on a petition or putting a fake name on a petition, N.R.S. 205.125 also prohibits willfully adding to, revising, or altering any petition with the intent to falsify the name of any signer or to falsify any information concerning the age, citizenship, or residence of a person who has signed the petition. Altering a petition is also a Category D felony and each individual revision or alteration of a petition is a separate criminal offense, regardless of whether the alterations occur on the same petition or on multiple petitions.

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N.R.S. 205.125 also prohibits willfully offering or providing any consideration, gratuity or reward to another person in order to convince that other person to sign his or her name to a petition or in order to convince that other person to withdraw his name from a petition. Like with the other offenses made illegal within this statute, violating this rule is a Category D felony offense and the defendant can be charged for each individual circumstance in which he made an offer of consideration, gratuity, or reward to get someone to sign a petition or to get someone to remove his or her name from a petition.

Getting Help from Defense Attorneys in Nevada

Defense attorneys in Nevada can provide personalized advice if you are under investigation or if you have been arrested for misconduct in signing, filing, or altering a petition. We can help from the time you are first accused of wrongdoing until the end of your involvement with the criminal justice system and we will work closely with you to maximize the chances of avoiding penalties or limiting the possible consequences you face. Call LV Criminal Defense today to find out more about the help we can offer.