Nevada’s penal code, found in Title 15, contains different chapters that define different kinds of criminal conduct. One of the chapters, Chapter 201, identifies and defines criminal acts that have been made illegal because the acts are considered to go against public decency or public morals. The offenses made illegal in Chapter 201 are considered very serious crimes, and conviction could affect your future and your reputation. Jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record are all possible consequences if you are found guilty of any violation of Chapter 201 of Title 15.
Chapter 201 is further divided into different subcategories for different kinds of crimes against morality and public decency. For example, there is one subcategory within Chapter 201 that makes it a crime to recruit someone to join a criminal gang.
If you have been accused of the offense of criminal gang recruitment, you need to understand the elements of this crime so you will know what a prosecutor must prove in order to secure a conviction against you. You should also work with an experienced attorney to determine if evidence was collected legally, to determine what defenses are available to you, and to determine if you should try to fight charges or try to negotiate a plea agreement.
LV Criminal Defense can provide you with help in fight accusations of wrongdoing and can work with you to develop and implement a legal strategy that is aimed at reducing or avoiding penalties for alleged criminal gang recruitment. We have represented many defendants accused of violations of Chapter 201 and we can put our extensive legal experience to work on your case. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can advocate for you as you fight charges and attempt to navigate the criminal justice system.
The subsection of Chapter 201 that makes criminal gang recruitment illegal contains one statute: Nevada Revised Statute section 201.570. The relevant statute both defines the crime and establishes the penalties that could be imposed as a result of conviction for gang recruitment.
According to the relevant statute, an adult commits the offense of criminal gang recruitment as defined in N.R.S. 201.570 if the adult uses physical violence or threatens to use physical violence against a child or against another person, or if the adult causes or threatens to cause damage to the property of the child or any other person, with the intent to coerce, induce, or solicit a child to join a criminal gang.
A defendant could also be charged with this crime for using violence, threats of violence, damaging property, or threatening property damage to coerce, induce, or solicit a child to remain within a member of a criminal gang and not withdraw association, or to rejoin a criminal gang that the child has dissociated from and is no longer a member of.
For purposes of this statute, an adult is defined to include any person who is at least 18 years old. The statute also defines a child to include any person who is under the age of 18. The definition of a criminal gang is the definition that is found within Nevada Revised Statute section 193.168, which indicates that a determination can be made regarding whether a gang is criminal based on characteristics of members of criminal gangs, rivalries of criminal gangs, common practices of criminal gangs, social customs of criminal gangs, and other related factors.
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Any adult who commits the crime of recruitment of a child into a criminal gang can be charged with a Category E felony and can be punished in accordance with the punishment for a Category E felony that is defined in Nevada Revised Statute section 193.130. For a category E felony, a defendant could be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of one year and a maximum term of imprisonment of four years. However, a court can suspend a sentence and grant probation if the court deems it is appropriate. The court can also impose a fine up to $5,000 for a defendant who has been convicted of a Category E felony offense.
Because the offense of criminal gang recruitment is a felony offense, conviction can have far-reaching impact on many different rights that a defendant has. The consequences of a felony conviction can affect aspects of the defendant’s life even after the defendant has served any jail sentence that is imposed upon him by the court.
A Vegas criminal defense attorney at LV Criminal Defense can provide invaluable help to any defendant who has been accused of violating any of the provisions of Chapter 201 or any of the criminal laws found within Title 15 of Nevada’s code. Our dedicated and experienced legal team is prepared to help defendants to negotiate plea agreements to get lesser penalties or to be charged with a less serious offense in exchange for admitting guilt. We are also skilled litigators who are ready to go to court on your behalf and help you to fight for an acquittal.
With every case, our goal is to help you to navigate the criminal justice system in the most effective way possible so you can resolve the charges against you as quickly as you can with the best outcome possible given the nature of the evidence against you. We will be there for you from the time that an investigation into your conduct begins until your case is ultimately resolved and we will help you to identify the best legal strategy at every step of the way.
To find out more about how our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can help you when you have been accused of criminal gang recruitment or if you are accused of any other offense made illegla under Nevada law, give us a call today.