In the state of Nevada, certain types of sexual conduct have been made unlawful. Sexual offenses are considered to be crimes against the person, and are found in Chapter 200 of Title 15 of Nevada’s criminal code. There are many different statutes in Chapter 200 that define different types of sex offenses and that set forth the penalties for these serious crimes. One such statute prohibits statutory sexual seduction.
If you have been accused of statutory sexual seduction, it is important that you get legal help to try to fight charges. A conviction for a sex crime can ruin your reputation, result in a lengthy period of incarceration, and result in you being forced to register as a sex offender, which can be burdensome and can result in restrictions on where you can live and where you can work.
A Las Vegas criminal defense attorney at LV Criminal Defense can provide you with representation if you have been accused of statutory sexual seduction. Our legal team has represented many clients throughout Nevada who have been accused of different kinds of sexual offenses and we understand how to tackle these tough cases and develop a legal strategy that helps our clients to get the best possible outcomes even when the charges they face are serious.
The sooner you contact our legal team, the sooner we can get to work on putting together a strong case to help you fight for your future. Give us a call today to find out how we can help you.
Statutory sexual seduction is defined in Nevada Revised Statute section 200.364 to include sexual contact or sexual penetration of any type designed to arouse or appeal to the sexual desires of either party, including ordinary or anal intercourse, cunnilingus or fellatio, committed by a person who is 18 or over with someone who is under the age of 16.
It is important to realize that statutory sexual seduction makes illegal all sexual contact between a person over the age of 18 and under the age of 16, regardless of the consent of the victim. It does not matter if the person who was under 16 consented fully to the sexual conduct. The defendant could still be considered to be in violation of the law of the state of Nevada and could be prosecuted even over the objections of the victim who might prefer that no charges be brought at all for willing sexual activities between the victim and defendant.
Penalties for statutory sexual seduction are outlined in Nevada Revised Statute section 200.368. According to the relevant statute, if the person who commits the statutory sexual assault is over the age of 21, the defendant can be convicted of a Category C felony. If the defendant is under the age of 21, the defendant can be convicted of a gross misdemeanor. Although not as serious as a felony offense, a gross misdemeanor can still result in a period of incarceration.
A Las Vegas defense attorney can provide assistance to defendants who are accused of statutory sexual seduction. Because consent is not a defense in these types of cases, it will be important to develop a sound legal strategy to fight accusations of sexual contact with a minor, such as trying to introduce reasonable doubt to make it impossible for the prosecutor to prove a case against a defendant. Your attorney can help you to develop a defense strategy or can assist you in negotiating a plea deal aimed at reducing possible penalties that could come with conviction.
To find out more about how our legal team can assist you in fighting accusations that you committed sexual assault, contact LV Criminal Defense today for assistance.