Nevada law prohibits rescues, or attempted rescues, of people and property from lawful custody. There are myriad rules that make it a crime to try to help people in custody escape or to try to liberate property from a peace officer when that property has been lawfully seized.
If you are accused of unlawful rescues, you could face serious penalties that could change your life. As soon as you come under investigation or are arrested, you want to begin building a defense strategy that is aimed at protecting your future. LV Criminal Defense is here to help. Our Nevada criminal lawyers have repented many defendants who have been accused of serious offenses, including crimes in connection with rescues.
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Rescue offenses are defined within Chapter 199, which is the chapter of Nevada law that details offenses against public justice. There are different categories of offenses found in Chapter 199 and rescues are one such category.
Within the rescue category of Chapter 199, there are two different statutes, each defining a different type of rescue crime. The first is N.R.S. 199.100, which is the offense of rescuing a prisoner. The second is N.R.S. 199.110, which is the offense of retaking goods from the custody of an officer.
Under N.R.S. 199.110, if you attempt to rescue a person who is in lawful custody or to rescue a person from an officer, you can be found guilty of this offense. You must act by force or fraud to rescue someone from being in custody of an officer or to rescue someone who is being held upon a charge, arrest, conviction, or commitment in order to be found guilty under N.R.S. 199.110.
If the person who you rescued was being held in connection with a felony offense, you will face category C felony charges. If the person you rescued was being held for a misdemeanor offense, you will be charged with a misdemeanor. However, charges are more serious in cases where a dangerous weapon is used, regardless of whether you help someone with a felony or misdemeanor conviction.
N.R.S. 199.110, on the other hand, makes it a gross misdemeanor offense to retake goods from the custody of an officer that are under the officer’s control under any process of law. Willfully destroying or injuring property will also lead to gross misdemeanor charges under N.R.S. 199.110.
A Nevada defense lawyer at LV Criminal Defense can provide you with help in fighting charges associated with rescues. You should reach out to our legal team as soon as you can when you are under arrest or when you are under investigation. Because these charges are so serious, it’s imperative that you get the right legal help to fight for your future.
Our firm has the know-how and skill to make sure you get the best outcomes possible when navigating the criminal justice system. You can give us a call today to talk with an experienced member of our legal team about how we can help you.