Serving the public is a position of tremendous responsibility and only those who are elected, appointed, or hired to serve in public office can fulfill official roles. If an individual unlawfully attempts to usurp the authority of public officers or to take on the duties of a public officer, that individual could actually be charged with a criminal offense.
If you are accused of violating the law by intruding into public office or by impersonating a public officer, you could face jail time and other serious penalties. You need to aggressively defend yourself from the accusations that have been made against you so you can protect your reputation and try to stay out of jail. LV Criminal Defense can help.
Our Las Vegas defense lawyers have represented many clients accused of violating the law in connection with the impersonation of a public officer or the usurpation of a public officer’s duties. We will advocate for you and will help you to develop a sound legal strategy for reducing the chances of conviction or limiting the penalties you could face. Give us a call today to find out more.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Nevada Revised Statute section 197.120 is the statute that prohibits the unlawful impersonation of a public officer. According to N.R.S. 197.120, it is a criminal offense to falsely claim to be a public officer or to represent yourself as a public officer if you have not actually been elected, appointed, or hired to fulfill the position that you are claiming to have. It is also against the law for you to willfully intrude into a public office you haven’t been elected or appointed to fulfill, or to willfully perform any of the functions or duties of a public officer without having been given authority.
If you were a public officer but your right to fulfill your duties or operate as a public official has ceased, it is a crime to continue to execute those duties or to continue to represent yourself as a public officer. It is also a crime to willfully refuse to surrender the official seal of your office, or to willfully refuse to surrender any papers or books pertaining to your time in office if you are requested to do so by a lawful successor.
A violation of any of the provisions of N.R.S. 197.120 is considered to be a gross misdemeanor offense. Jail time is a possible penalty for violating N.R.S. 197.120. You could also be fined and face other serious consequences if you are convicted of false impersonation of a public officer or if you are convicted of intruding into or refusing to surrender public office.
When you are accused of any offense, including false impersonation of a public office or a refusal to surrender your position in public office, you need to understand the nature of the accusations against you. The prosecutor has a legal burden of proving every element of a crime and you cannot be convicted of an offense unless a prosecutor demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that your actions constitute a violation of the law that you are accused of breaking.
LV Criminal Defense can help you to argue that you did not impersonate a public officer or intrude into public office. Our Las Vegas defense lawyers will work with you to introduce evidence showing you did not break the law, or to make it more difficult for a prosecutor to prove your guilt. Our goal is to help you get acquitted when you are facing charges. We can also fight for reduced penalties if you decide to plead guilty to an offense. To find out more about the ways in which our firm can assist you, give us a call today.