It is imperative that financial accounts be maintained accurately. This means that all those individuals who have a responsibility to maintain financial accounts must not make materially false statements when they are entering information.
Nevada has many laws that are in place to protect the integrity of financial accounting, including criminal laws that impose harsh penalties upon a defendant who has been found guilty of falsifying accounts.
There is a specific legal definition of falsifying accounts and specific elements of the offense that a prosecutor would need to prove in order for a defendant to be convicted of violating Nevada’s applicable criminal law. Defendants should work with a federal criminal defense lawyer to understand the offense, to evaluate the evidence, and to determine whether to plead guilty or fight charges.
LV Criminal Defense knows the laws on falsifying accounts well and will advocate for you throughout an investigation and throughout the entirety of your involvement within the criminal justice system. We can provide you with insight on what response to charges is likely to result in the best outcome, and can represent you in plea negotiations as well as when fighting for acquittal.
You should reach out to a Vegas defense attorney at our firm as soon as possible for help responding to accusations and working to navigate the Nevada justice system effectively so your life won’t be derailed by a lengthy jail sentence. Just give us a call today to learn more.
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Nevada considers the offenses of falsifying accounts to be a property crime. In the state of Nevada, Chapter 205 of the penal code is the part of the penal code in which all statutes related to property crimes can be found. Property crimes are divided into different subcategories in Chapter 205, including a subcategory related to fraud offenses and false personification.
Falsifying accounts is classified as a fraud crime, so it is found within the fraud offenses subcategory of Chapter 205. In. Particular, the statute that defines the crime and details the penalty for falsifying accounts is N.R.S. 205.405.
The relevant statute stipulates that any person can be convicted of falsifying accounts if that person willfully and maliciously makes false entries into a private book or private account. The prosecutor has to prove that the defendant acted in making the false entries with the intent to defraud and with the intent to injure another. The entry must relate to a material matter, and it must be an entry that it was the defendant’s duty to make.
If a prosecutor is successfully able to prove each element of this offense, then a defendant could be convicted of a gross misdemeanor crime under N.R.S. 205.405. Gross misdemeanors are not as serious as felony offenses, but are more serious than simple misdemeanors and it is very likely that conviction for falsifying accounts could result in imprisonment as well as fines and other potential penalties.
A Nevada defense attorney at LV Criminal Defense can provide you with representation when you have been accused of violating Nevada Revised Statute section 205.450. We can work with you to understand and respond to charges in the best way possible given the specifics of the case and the evidence against you.
Because your career, reputation and future are in jeopardy when you have been charged with falsifying accounts, it’s best to get legal help quickly from an assertive and knowledgeable lawyer who will aggressively represent your interests. Reach out to LV Criminal Defense today to learn more about the ways in which our firm can help you to negotiate a plea deal or to fight for acquittal when you are facing jail time and financial loss if convicted of falsifying accounts.