In the state of Nevada, it is illegal to engage in certain behaviors with weapons because those behaviors are considered to be unacceptably risky. Unlawful behaviors related to weapons are defined in Chapter 202 of Title 15 of Nevada’s code. Chapter 202 is the part of the penal code which establishes the definitions of crimes against public health and safety and which imposes penalties upon defendants who have been accused of offense against public safety.
Within Chapter 202, one of the behaviors made illegal in connection with weapons involves setting a spring gun or another deadly weapon. Nevada Revised Statute section 202.255 is the statute that defines the offense of unlawful use of setting spring guns or deadly weapons. The statute also explains the types of behaviors that are permitted under state law.
If you’ve been accused of violating any of the provisions of N.R.S. 202.255, or if you’re accused of any other crimes against public safety and health that have been made illegal in Chapter 202, you should reach out to a Vegas defense lawyer for help fighting the accusations of wrongdoing.
LV Criminal Defense can work aggressively on your behalf to fight charges of wrongdoing so you can reduce the chances of being convicted of a crime or so you can lessen the penalties you could face. To find out more about how our firm can help you to fight charges, give us a call today.
Nevada defines the offense of setting a spring gun in N.R.S. 202.255 to include setting up a trap, a spring pistol, a rifle, or any other type of deadly weapon. The penalties for the offense vary depending upon the consequences of the defendant’s actions.
If a person sets up a spring gun or other deadly weapon but no human being is harmed, the defendant can be charged with a gross misdemeanor. If the defendant sets up a spring gun and a person is hurt but injuries sustained are not fatal, the defendant can be charged with a Category B felony. The punishment for this category B felony can include a minimum of one year of imprisonment and a maximum of six years in prison along with a potential fine up to $5,000.
If the defendant has set up a spring gun and a person dies as a result of his actions, the defendant can be found guilty of a Category B felony if his conduct is not considered to rise to the level of murder. The penalty for this offense is a minimum of one year of imprisonment and a maximum of 10 years imprisonment along with the potential for a maximum fine up to $10,000.
If the circumstances constitute murder, the defendant can be charged with a Category A felony and can face the penalties for murder defined by Nevada law.
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However, N.R.S. 202.255 establishes an exception to the general prohibition against setting up a spring gun or other deadly weapon in circumstances where the gun was set up for purposes of catching destructive coyotes, burrowing moles or other predatory animals. This exception only applies under limited circumstances, such as when the gun is not set up within 15 miles of the boundaries of any incorporated town and when the person who sets the gun up gets permission from the property owner, the person leasing the property, and/or the property administrator.
If you have been accused of setting a spring gun or other deadly weapon in violation of the law, LV Criminal Defense can fight for you to protect your future by avoiding conviction or reducing penalties. Give us a call today to talk with a Vegas defense attorney to find out how we can help you.