Chapter 199 of the Nevada code details different crimes against public justice that have been made illegal within the state. One of the crimes that are prohibited in Chapter 199 is the offense of resisting a public officer.
Resisting a public officer is a serious offense that could result in felony charges. If you have been accused of resisting a public officer and you are at risk of facing jail time and other serious penalties, it is important that you take swift action. A Vegas criminal law attorney at LV Criminal Defense can provide you with representation so you can fight these serious charges.
Our legal team has provided representation to defendants accused of all different types of crimes that are considered offenses against public justice. We know how to introduce reasonable doubt, fight for acquittals, and negotiate plea deals on behalf of the clients who place their trust in us. To find out more about how our legal team can help you to fight charges, give us a call today.
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The offense of resisting a public officer is defined in Nevada Revised Statute section 199.280. The relevant statute defines the offense to include willfully resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer who is attempting to carry out any legal duty. Unless there is a specific exception under the law, any behavior in any case or circumstances in which a person tries to obstruct an officer lawfully fulfilling a legal duty could result in criminal charges under N.R.S. 199.280.
The penalties associated with a conviction for resisting a public officer will vary depending upon the specific means by which the accused defendant attempted to restrict the public officer. For example, if a firearm has been used in the course of resistance against the public officer, this can result in the resister being charged with a Category C felony. Likewise, any person who attempts to interfere with the legal duties of a public officer by intentionally removing, attempting to remove, or taking a firearm from the person of the public officer can be charged with a Category C felony.
If any other type of dangerous weapon besides a firearm is used to restrict, obstruct, or delay the law enforcement officer in carrying out his official duty or to take a firearm from the person or in the presence of the law enforcement official, this can result in charges of a Category D felony.
If there is no weapon used in the obstruction, delay or resistance, then the defendant who has been charged with resisting a public officer could face misdemeanor criminal charges. Although misdemeanor crimes are not as serious as felony offenses, it is still possible that resisting a public officer could result in a period of incarceration for a defendant who is convicted. Charges need to be taken seriously and you need to fight accusations made against you if you have been accused of resisting a public officer.
A Las Vegas criminal law attorney at LV Criminal Defense can stand up for your rights within the criminal justice system as you face charges of resisting a public officer. We will work with you to evaluate the evidence against you and to determine the legal strategy that will best help you to avoid penalties or minimize consequences that could be associated with a conviction. To find out more about how our legal team can represent you, give us a call today.