Nevada Lawyers Explain Crime of Influencing Public Officers

Nevada laws are very strict when it comes to crimes against the state, crimes by public officials working with the state, and crimes undermining the executive power of the estate. The laws related to crimes involving public officials are found in Chapter 197 of Title 15 of Nevada’s criminal code. These laws prohibit a wide variety of different kinds of behaviors, including actions taken with the goal of influencing public officers.

If you are accused of influencing a public officer, you need to be aware that this offense is not just a minor violation. You could actually be charged with a gross misdemeanor, which is a serious offense for which conviction could result in incarceration. You need to defend yourself aggressively from these serious charges with help from a Nevada defense attorney.

LV Criminal Defense is here to help any defendants who are accused of influencing public officials. We will work with you to develop an effective strategy for responding to serious accusations so you can reduce the likelihood of a conviction or harsh penalty. To find out more about how our criminal attorneys in Las Vegas can help you, give us a call today.

Nevada Laws on Influencing a Public Officer

Nevada Revised Statute section 197.100 is the statute that specifically prohibits the behaviors associated with influencing a public officer. According to the relevant statute, the crime of influencing a public officer involves asking for or receiving any type of compensation, gratuity or reward. The prosecutor must prove not only that you asked for or received something of value, through. The prosecutor also must prove that the gift was motivated by a representation that the recipient would be able to directly or indirectly influence a public officer in the performance of his or her official duties.

The public officer could be an executive branch worker, an administrative branch worker, a worker in the judicial branch, or a worker in the legislature. The offense is defined very broadly, as asking for or receiving gifts in any way connected with influencing a public officer can be considered unlawful. For example, it is illegal to ask for or receive compensation, gratuities or rewards based on the premise that you can or will influence any public official in connection with votes or other public duties.

However, the law does make clear that it is not illegal to receive compensations, rewards or gratuities in situations where it is clearly understood and agreed between the parties that there will be no means of influence applied other than an explanation or an argument on the merits.

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A violation of the law found in N.R.S. 197.100 is a gross misdemeanor offense. The penalties for this offense can include jail time and a fine, among other serious consequences.

Contact a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer

A Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer can provide representation to clients accused of the offense of influencing a public officer. Our legal team will work closely with you to determine what your best strategy is for responding to the charges you are facing based on the nature of the evidence against you and the defenses that are available to you. You do not have to prove your innocence when accused of this offense – a prosecutor must prove your guilt- so there are many options for fighting charges by claiming you had no intent to influence a public official unlawfully. We can put together a strong defense to reduce the chances of conviction or help you to fight penalties. To find out more about how our firm can help, give us a call today.