Nevada laws prohibit behaviors in connection with weapons that are considered to be unsafe. Many weapons offenses are found within Chapter 202 because these offenses are considered crimes against public health and safety — which is the focus of the offenses made unlawful in Chapter 202. In fact, there is a separate category of weapons offenses within this chapter that criminalizes many different behaviors related to weapons crimes.
One of the rules within Chapter 202 that relates to weapons is intended to limit the use or possession of firearms by children. If you are found to be in violation of the law related to providing weapons to children, you could face serious consequences. You need to respond seriously to accusations of wrongdoing, and LV Criminal Defense is here to help.
Our Vegas criminal defense lawyers work hard to help defendants fight accusations related to all different types of weapons offenses. We can work closely with you to respond to charges, to develop a sound legal strategy for reducing the likelihood of conviction, and to either maximize the chances of acquittal or to reduce penalties through an effective plea agreement.
To find out more about how our firm can help when you’ve been accused of aiding a minor to obtain weapons or if you have been accused of any other weapons offenses, give us a call today.
The statute in Chapter 202 that relates to the unlawful use or possession of a firearm by a child is Nevada Revised Statute section 202.300. According to the relevant law, a child under the age of 18 is not permitted to have a weapon in his or her possession or control except in limited circumstances when the child is accompanied by a parent, guardian, or adult person authorized by the parent or guardian to have control over the child.
A child who violates the law can be considered to have committed a delinquent act and the court can impose penalties upon the child in the same manner as if the child had committed an offense that would have been a felony offense for an adult.
The child is not the only one who can face penalties if the child unlawfully uses or possesses a firearm. N.R.S. 202.300 imposes penalties upon adults who help children in any way to break the law. For example, if an adult knowingly aids or permits a child to violate the law by being in possession of a firearm without being in the presence of a parent or guardian, that adult could be found guilty of a misdemeanor offense.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
In some circumstances, if an adult permits a child to be in possession of a firearm, the offense could be even more serious. For example, if an adult knows that there is a substantial risk that the child will use the firearm to commit a violent act and still aids the child in getting a firearm, the adult can be charged with a Category C felony for a first offense.
For any subsequent offense, the adult could be charged with a Category B felony and punished with a minimum of one-year imprisonment and a maximum of six years imprisonment as well as a $5,000 fine.
If you have been charged with a crime related to aiding a child in obtaining a firearm, or if your child has been charged with an offense related to unlawful use or possession of a firearm, you should contact a Vegas defense attorney at LV Criminal Defense today for help. Our legal team can provide assistance fighting against serious charges, so give us a call to find out how we can help you.