There are many different kinds of unlawful behavior in the state of Nevada. Title 15 of Nevada’s code outlines the different types of offenses that could be committed in the state and provides details on the elements of each crime and the penalties that can potentially be imposed for wrongdoing.
Within Title 15, there are different chapters that each contain statutes criminalizing different kinds of unlawful behavior. For example, Chapter 200 is the chapter of Title 15 that contains statutes defining crimes that may be committed against the person.
Because crimes committed against other persons all involve, by definition, other people who are harmed by the wrongful acts, many of the offenses in Chapter 200 are considered to be very serious crimes. Some of the criminal offenses within this Chapter could even result in life in prison for defendants who are convicted.
Any defendant who is accused of committing a crime that harms another person needs to work with a Las Vegas criminal law attorney to understand the elements of the crime and to determine how best to respond to serious accusations. A defendant could potentially fight the charges and try to get an acquittal, which would mean no penalties would be imposed. In some circumstances, however, negotiating a plea bargain to reduce possible penalties could also be the best course of action.
LV Criminal Defense has extensive experience providing representation to defendants accused of committing crimes against the person. Whether the crime is a very serious one, such as a homicide offense, or is a more minor crime like a simple assault, our legal team is prepared and ready to help you to develop the right legal strategy for dealing with the offenses against you. We can represent you in court and in the negotiation of a plea agreement, depending upon which course of action is likely to result in the most favorable outcome for your case.
To find out more about how our experienced legal team can fight for you to protect your future after you’re accused of a violation of an offense in Chapter 200 of Title 15, give us a call today.
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Within Chapter 200, the different types of crimes against the person that are illegal in Nevada are divided into different subcategories. These subcategories include:
• Homicide offenses including murder and both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter.
• Offenses causing bodily injury or involving a threat to cause bodily injury.
• Mayhem offenses.
• Kidnapping crimes.
• Sexual assault and seduction offenses.
• Robbery crimes
• Attempts to kill another person including any the administration of poison.
• Battery with the intention of committing a crime.
• Drugging another person in order to make it easier to commit a crime.
• Duels and challenges, including deaths resulting from duels.
• Falsely imprisoning someone by restraining that individual without justification.
• Forcing someone into involuntary servitude (slavery).
• The purchase or sale of another person.
• Human trafficking.
• Assaulting another person.
• Battering another person.
• Abusing, neglecting, poisoning or exploring an older person.
• Libeling another person.
• Harassing someone.
• Stalking another person.
• Peeping or spying
• Capturing images of another person’s private area
• Intercepting and disclosing wire or radio communications
• Pornography involving children who are under the age of consent.
Each of these different statutes provides either details about the elements of the crime that the prosecutor must prove in order for a defendant to be convicted of a particular offense, or details about the punishment that could be imposed upon a defendant for conviction.
For example, under the kidnapping section of Chapter 200, the law explains the different degrees of kidnapping crimes. If a kidnapped person suffers substantial bodily harm during the kidnapping or during an escape attempt, the defendant who kidnapped the victim could be charged with kidnapping in the first degree. The penalties for this felony offense could include the possibility of life without parole.
However, if the kidnapped person suffers no substantial bodily harm and the defendant is convicted of kidnapping in the second degree, the defendant could be subject to a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and by a fine of up to $15,000.
Some of the statutes within Chapter 200 also detail defenses to particular crimes against persons. For example, N.R.S. 200.190 explains that justifiable homicide is not punishable, while N.R.S. 200.200 explains when an individual is justified in killing in self defense.
According to N.R.S. 200.200, a person is justified in killing another in self-defense if there was an urgent and immediate danger that necessitated killing to save the person’s own life or to prevent the receiving of great bodily harm. It would be necessary for the defendant to prove he acted in self defense as a defense to a homicide charge.
If you are accused of any of the offenses found within Chapter 200, it is important to understand exactly what the prosecutor is mandated to show under the relevant statute for you to be convicted, as well as to understand the possible penalties and defenses established for that offense within the chapter. Because understanding the law can be complicated, reaching out to an attorney becomes important.
A Nevada criminal defense lawyer can provide you with help in fighting serious charges if you have been accused of crimes against a person. We can work with you to evaluate the evidence against you, to develop the right legal strategy for responding to charges, and to take the necessary steps to reduce the likelihood of being convicted.
Our legal team has extensive experience providing representation to defendants accused of serious crimes, including sex offenses, kidnapping and murder. When your future hangs in the balance and you need a lawyer who has the knowledge and courtroom skills necessary to fight for you, you should give us a call for help.