In the state of Nevada, there are certain behaviors with weapons that are considered to present such a high risk that the behaviors have been criminalized. Many of the weapons offenses illegal under Nevada law are defined in Chapter 202 of Title 15. Title 15 is the state’s penal code detailing crimes and punishments, and Chapter 202 is the part of the penal code which makes illegal offenses against public health and safety.
There’s a subcategory in Chapter 202 for weapons offenses and there are many different statutes contained within this subcategory that prohibit unlawful behaviors with weapons because those behaviors are considered to be unsafe. One example of a prohibited behavior made illegal in Chapter 202 of Title 15 involves discharging a firearm in or upon public streets or in other public places.
If you have been accused of discharging firearms in unlawful places, you could face serious criminal penalties including the potential for incarceration. Our dedicated legal team can provide the assistance you need to fight charges so you can reduce the likelihood of conviction or reduce the possible penalties faced if you are found guilty.
LV Criminal Defense has extensive experience with criminal cases related to all different kinds of weapons offenses and related to any other violations of Chapter 202. Contact our Vegas defense lawyers today to find out more about the assistance that we can provide to you as you fight for your future.
The statute prohibiting the discharging of firearms in public streets or public resorts is found in Nevada Revised Statute section 202.280. According to the relevant statute, it is unlawful to maliciously, wantonly or negligently discharge a pistol, gun, or any type of firearm on a public street, thoroughfare, theater, hall store, hotel, saloon, or other place of public resort.
It’s also unlawful to maliciously, wantonly, or negligently caused a weapon to be discharged in these locations and unlawful to throw a deadly missile into a place of public resort or a place where a person could be endangered.
The statute specifies that unless a greater penalty is proposed in N.R.S. 202.287, any person who violates the law by maliciously, negligently, or wantonly discharging a weapon, causing a weapon to be discharged, or throwing a missile could be found guilty of a misdemeanor criminal offense.
N.R.S 202.287 prohibits the discharge of a firearm from inside of a vehicle. If a defendant engages in this prohibited offense, the penalty imposed under N.R.S. 202.287 could be for a category B felony offense and conviction could result in a minimum period of imprisonment of two years and a maximum period of imprisonment of 15 years. This is a much more serious penalty than for a misdemeanor under N.R.S. 202.280.
The law also specifies that civil, military, and peace officers are expected to be vigilant in carrying out the provisions of N.R.S. 202.280. If a peace officer neglects to arrest any offender who engages in a prohibited discharge of a weapon in a public place, the peace officer could be found guilty of a gross misdemeanor offense.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Vegas criminal attorneys at LV Criminal Defense can provide aggressive representation if you have been accused of discharging a firearm in a public street or a place of public resort. Because you could be facing jail time and could be left with a criminal record upon conviction, you need to be assertive in getting legal help and responding in the most appropriate way to charges.
Our firm has the knowledge and experience necessary to help you fight serious charges, so you should give us a call as soon as you’ve been arrested or come under investigation. Reach out today to find out what our firm can do to help as you navigate the criminal justice system.