In Nevada, having an abortion under the direction of a qualified doctor and in accordance with state-established rules and regulations is a lawful act. However, there are certain circumstances in which undergoing an abortion or causing an abortion is not legal and criminal penalties will be imposed.
Offenses related to abortion or to causing a miscarriage are defined within a subsection of Chapter 201 of Title 15. Title 15 is Nevada’s penal code outlining crimes and punishments, and Chapter 201 is the chapter of the penal code dealing with crimes against public decency or crimes against morality. Unlawfully causing the abortion of a child can be considered either a gross misdemeanor or a felony offense under the statutes contained within Chapter 201, depending upon the specific means that were used to cause a miscarriage or to cause a child to be aborted.
Within Chapter 201 in the subsection related to unlawful abortions, there is a statute specifically criminalizing the sale of drugs designed to produce a miscarriage. If you have been accused of violating this law, it is imperative that you get legal help from an experienced attorney who has handled similar cases and who can help you to determine how to respond to charges in order to reduce the likelihood of a conviction and of having harsh penalties imposed.
LV Criminal Defense can provide the advocacy and representation you need. Our Vegas criminal defense team has helped many clients accused of crimes against public morals to fight the charges against them and to successfully get acquitted or get reduced penalties through the negotiation of a favorable plea agreement. To find out how our firm can represent you, give us a call today.
According to Nevada Revised Statute section 201.130, it is unlawful in the state to sell manufacture, sell, or give away any instrument, any medication, any drug, or any other substance if you know or intend that the substance could be unlawfully utilized to produce the miscarriage of a child.
In order for you to be convicted under the provisions of N.R.S. 201.130, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you sold, manufactured, or gave away drugs or other items with the knowledge that the drugs would be utilized to produce a miscarriage or with the intention that the drugs or other instruments be used in this manner. Proving intent can often be a challenge, and if the prosecutor is not able to convince the court beyond a reasonable doubt that your goal in selling or providing the substance was to cause miscarriage, or that you knew this was the likely outcome, you should not be convicted of a violation of N.R.S. 201.130.
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If you are convicted of unlawfully selling drugs used to procure a miscarriage, this conviction is a conviction for a gross misdemeanor offense. Gross misdemeanors are more serious crimes than simple misdemeanors. The possible penalties that could be imposed upon you as a result of a conviction for a gross misdemeanor include up to one year of incarceration along with the possibility of being fined a maximum of $2,000.
When you are convicted of unlawfully selling drugs to produce the miscarriage of a child, you have to determine how you will respond to charges. You could fight in court to try to get acquitted or could negotiate a favorable plea agreement in which guilt is admitted in exchange for a reduced penalty or in exchange for the charges being reduced to a lesser offense.
LV Criminal Defense will help you to determine and carry out the legal strategy that is best for your situation. To find out more about how our firm can help you, give us a call today.