In the state of Nevada, there are laws in place intended to protect public health. When conduct is considered to be a crime against public safety and health, it is made unlawful within a statute in Chapter 202 of Title 15, which is Nevada’s penal code. Within Chapter 202, different kinds of crimes against public health and safety are divided into different subcategories, including a subcategory dealing with explosives and bomb threats.
If you are accused of violating Chapter 202 in connection with bomb threats or in connection with various types of unlawful behaviors using explosives, you face very serious charges. You could find yourself looking at the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence, a permanent criminal record, and other life-changing penalties.
There are defenses you can raise if you have been accused of a crime in connection with explosives or bomb threats. LV Criminal Defense can provide you with help as you fight accusations that you broke the law. Our Vegas criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience fighting against accusations of wrongdoing and we can help you to identify the evidence against you, determine what a prosecutor must prove, and decide on the best legal strategy for responding to charges. Give us a call as soon as you have been accused of wrongdoing to find out more about the help that we can offer.
The subsection of Chapter 202 that relates to bomb threats and explosives contains Nevada Revised Statute section 202.750 through Nevada Revised Statute 202.750. Within these statutes:
• N.R.S. 202.750 defines the term explosive that applies throughout the subsection of Chapter 202 related to explosives and bomb threats.
• N.R.S. 202.760 makes it unlawful for certain people to ship or receive explosives.
• N.R.S. 202.770 establishes the rules for the seizure and forfeiture of explosives.
• N.R.S. 202.770 prohibits the transportation or receipt of explosives for unlawful purposes and defines penalties for that particular offense.
• N.R.S. 202.790 authorizes the transport or receipt of explosives for lawful purposes and explains when transporting or receiving explosives is permitted.
• N.R.S. 202.810 prohibits the possession of explosives in state buildings and establishes penalties.
• N.R.S. 202.820 establishes the penalties and consequences of using or possessing explosives while committing a felony offense.
• N.R.S. 202.830 makes it illegal to use explosives to damage or to destroy property and establishes the penalties associated with using explosives for these prohibited purposes.
• N.R.S. 202.840 prohibits bomb threats and establishes penalties for bomb threats.
Each statute details specific elements of the crime that the prosecutor must prove in order for the prosecutor to secure a conviction under the explosives and bomb threats subsection of Chapter 202.
For example, in N.R.S. 202.760, the state of Nevada establishes the rule that certain people are prohibited from shipping or receiving explosives. A person who is under indictment or who has been convicted of a crime related to explosives; a person who is a fugitive from justice; an individual addicted to stimulants, depressives, or other controlled substances; and anyone who has been declared to be mentally ill by a judge is prohibited from shipping, transporting, or receiving explosives in the state of Nevada.
A prosecutor must prove both that the individual is someone prohibited by N.R.S. 202.760 from shipping, receiving, or possessing explosives and the prosecutor must also prove that the individual improperly received, possessed, or transported explosives.
The bomb threats statute in N.R.S. 202.840, on the other hand, prohibits using the mail, a telephone, a written, note, a radio broadcast, a telegraph, or any other means of communication to willfully make any threat or to maliciously convey knowingly false information about an attempt or alleged attempt to kill, injure or intimate people or to damage or destroy any type of property using a bomb.
The same statute also prohibits using any means to willfully make threats or to maliciously convey false information connected to spring traps, other explosives, or any mechanism considered dangerous to human life, limb, or safety.
A violation of N.R.S. 202.840 involving making false threats is a Category B felony and a defendant can be punished by being imprisoned in state prison for a minimum of one year and a maximum of six years. A defendant who is convicted of making bomb threats or threats connected to other dangerous devices can also be fined up to $5,000 in addition to facing a prison sentence. To secure this conviction, however, the prosecutor has to prove intent by showing the defendant acted either willfully or maliciously.
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Each of the statutes within Chapter 202 has its own provisions relating to what elements of a crime a prosecutor has to prove, and a defendant can avoid conviction by introducing reasonable doubt in connection with any aspect of the crime.
Understanding the laws in Nevada on explosives and bomb threats can be challenging. Defendants need to ensure they do everything possible to fight for their future when accused of violations of Nevada law related to explosive devices or threats of explosive devices. Contacting an experienced Vegas criminal defense attorney at LV Criminal Defense is a good first step in fighting for your rights.
Attorneys at LV Criminal Defense have strong litigation experience and we can fight on your behalf in court to avoid conviction so you don’t end up with a felony offense on your record. We can also try to negotiate a favorable plea deal with the goal of reducing charges or penalties in cases where there is strong evidence and you don’t want to take a chance of a guilty verdict in court.
No matter what your situation, our firm is focused on helping you to get the best possible outcome throughout your involvement with the criminal justice system. To find out more about how our firm can help you to fight accusations of wrongdoing in connection with bombs, explosives, or any other violation of Chapter 202, give us a call today.