Nevada considers certain behaviors to fall into the category of terrorism. Terrorism is considered to be a crime against public health and safety, and so offenses related to terrorism are defined within Chapter 202 of Title 15. Chapter 202 of Title 15 is the part of the penal code that defines all different offenses against public safety and that establishes penalties for each of these offenses.
One of the key issues that can determine whether a defendant is accused of an offense related to terrorism or not is whether the defendant has some involvement with weapons of mass destruction. While a defendant can be considered a terrorist even if he does not possess, manufacture, sell, or transport weapons of mass destruction, involvement with such weapons is a likely indicator that a defendant will be charged with a terrorism-related offense.
Because Nevada law takes terrorism so seriously and because the law imposes such harsh penalties associated with involvement with weapons of mass destruction, it is important to get legal help if you’ve been accused of any crime that is considered to be a form of terrorism – including crimes relating to weapons of mass destruction.
LV Criminal Defense can represent you and fight on your behalf in cases involving weapons of mass destruction, alleged terrorism, or other crimes against public safety and health. Our Vegas criminal lawyers have the unique experience with cases related to terrorism and dangerous weapons and we can put our extensive knowledge of this complicated area of law to work to fight for your future. To find out more about how our firm can help if you are accused, give us a call today.
Weapons of mass destruction are defined in Chapter 202. The statute that defines weapons of mass destruction, or WMDs as they are also called, is Nevada Revised Statute section 202.4445. According to the relevant statute, a weapon of mass destruction refers to any weapon or any type of device that is designed to create a great risk of death to a large number of people.
A weapon of mass destruction can also include a weapon or device intended to cause a great risk of death to many people. Finally, a weapon or mass destruction could include any weapon or device designed or intended to cause substantial bodily harm to a large number of people.
While N.R.S. 202.4445 defines what a weapon of mass destruction is, N.R.S. 202.446 explains what types of behaviors are illegal in connection with weapons of mass destruction. According to N.R.S. 202.446, it is unlawful to develop, manufacture, produce, assemble, transport, stockpile, retain, acquire, store or possess any weapon of mass destruction to use as a weapon. It’s also unlawful to send, deliver, disperse, discharge, release, disseminate or use any weapon of mass destruction.
Involvement of any type with a weapon of mass destruction is illegal if you possess the weapon with intent to cause harm, regardless of whether anyone is actually harmed, or if you possess the weapon under circumstances that are reasonably likely to cause harm regardless of whether harm occurs. It’s also unlawful to attempt to become involved with a weapon of mass destruction or to become involved with conspiracies involving weapons of mass destruction.
The offense of involvement with weapons of mass destruction is either a category A or category B felony depending upon whether anyone was harmed and depending upon whether you were actually involved with the weapon or just conspired or attempted to become involved with a WMD.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
If you have been accused of an offense related to weapons of mass destruction, LV Criminal Defense can fight for you to help you reduce or avoid consequences of these serious accusations. To find out more about how our firm can help you, give us a call today.