In the state of Nevada, Title 15 sets forth the rules for criminal conduct in Nevada. Within Title 15, Chapter 200 deals with crimes against persons. Crimes against persons generally result in harsh penalties being imposed upon convicted defendants because human beings are hurt by these offenses.
Within Chapter 200, different kinds of crimes against persons are divided into different subsections. For example, there is a subsection for homicide crimes or offenses that result in the death of victims.There are also many laws that define crimes in which defendants cause bodily injury to victims.
There is also a subsection that provides details on when bodily injury crimes can be prosecuted and what notifications must be made when a defendant has been convicted of causing a bodily injury. The subsection that relates to these issues in connection with bodily injury offenses contains two statutes: Nevada Revised Statute section 200.275 and Nevada Revised Statute section 200.278.
If you are accused of committing a crime that involves causing bodily injury to another individual, it is important that you understand whether these two statutes apply to your situation and how the laws on crimes involving bodily injury could affect your case.
Because the law can be complicated, it is important for defendants facing serious charges for causing bodily injury to be represented by an experienced Vegas criminal defense lawyer. LV Criminal Defense can provide the advocacy that you deserve as you face down the threat to your future that is presented by your involvement with the criminal justice system.
Our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team has provided representation to many defendants accused of all different kinds of crimes under Chapter 200 as well as within the other chapters of Nevada’s criminal code. We will work with you from the start of your case until your involvement with the criminal justice system is concluded. This means helping you to respond to an interrogation, conduct your own investigation, understand evidence against you, determine if you should plea or fight charges. Depending upon the decision made about your case, our legal team will also assist with negotiating a plea or presenting your case in court.
Throughout the entire process of representing you, we will give your case the attention it deserves because we know that your future is at stake. To find out more about how we can help you when you are accused of causing bodily injury, give us a call today.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Within Chapter 200, there are many laws related to causing bodily injury, including laws against assault, laws against battery, and laws against sexual seduction. These laws criminalize many different behaviors ranging from making someone feel imminent apprehension of injury to unwanted touching without someone’s consent. Penalties can vary depending upon the offense, but all bodily injury crimes are typically considered serious because of the actual or potential harm that the victim endures.
There are also two statutes that address how cases involving bodily injury are handled in Nevada. These statutes include:
• Nevada Revised Statute section 200.275, which makes clear that if a defendant takes an action that causes or threatens to cause bodily injury, the defendant cannot be found guilty of a crime for that action if the defendant would have been justified in committing homicide.
• N.R.S. 200.275 also indicates that there are certain circumstances that are recognized at common law as justification for committing bodily injury. If those circumstances exist, then the defendant cannot be found guilty of an offense in connection with the injury he caused or threatened to cause.
• Nevada Revised Statute section 200.378, which explains circumstances under which a school must be notified when a student commits a crime causing unlawful bodily injury. Under the law, if a court determines a defendant who is enrolled in a secondary school unlawfully caused serious bodily injury to a victim, or attempted to do so, the court needs to provide specific information to the school district where the convicted defendant attends school. The school must be notified of the offender’s name, the injury that was sustained by the victim, a description of any type of weapons the offender utilized, and a description of any threats made by the offender at any time during the course of the incident that resulted in the defendant being found to have broken the law.
The first of these rules is designed to ensure that no one is convicted of causing bodily injury in circumstances where that individual’s behavior was justified by the actions taken by the alleged victim.
The second aims to protect school children from peers who could potentially be violent. Unfortunately, when a secondary school is notified about a student who caused serious bodily injury, this can create a stigma surrounding the student when the young person simply wants to resume a normal life after involvement with the criminal justice system. Because this requirement exists and schools must be notified after a conviction, the best and only way to avoid this undesirable outcome is to try to avoid conviction in the first place. This often means getting help from an attorney.
You should not try to handle a case involving accusations of bodily injury on your own, especially if you believe that there may be defenses available to you.
LV Criminal Defense can work with you to determine if you should be able to avoid punishment for justifiable infliction or threat of bodily injury and we can also assist you in understanding the special rules applicable in certain circumstances, such as when a person in secondary school has been accused of an offense involving serious bodily injury.
Our legal team has the experience to provide compassionate and knowledgeable legal advice to all defendants who have been accused not just of bodily injury crimes but of any offense within Chapter 200 related to crimes against a person. We will fight for charges to be dropped, for you to be acquitted or for penalties to be reduced through a favorable plea agreement. To find out more about how a Vegas criminal lawyer at our defense firm can help you, give us a call today.