In the state of Nevada, it is unlawful to try to convince someone to commit a crime for you. If you engage in actions that are aimed at encouraging others to break the law, you could face serious penalties. These penalties could include imprisonment, fines, and other consequences that can affect your life in far-reaching ways.
It is important to understand the criminal laws in Nevada that prohibit different kinds of conduct, including attempting to convince someone to break the law. Nevada details the types of behaviors that are considered unlawful in Title 15 of the state’s code, which deals with crimes and punishments. There are different chapters within Title 15 so the crimes are organized into different categories. One such category of offenses, crimes against public justice, are defined in Chapter 199.
Within chapter 199, there is a subsection that addresses the crime of trying to convince others to break the law for you. The subsection is called Solicitation and within this subsection, Nevada Revised Statute section 199.500 details the penalty for solicitation.
Being accused of solicitation can have a profound impact on your future as you could face a very lengthy prison sentence. It is possible that you will face this prison sentence if convicted even if the crime that you tried to convince someone to commit is never actually committed. The mere act of trying to get another person to violate the law in accordance with your wishes is sufficient for you to be considered in violation of Nevada law.
You need to understand the severity of these charges, learn what a prosecutor must prove, and make a plan to respond to solicitation charges if you are accused of breaking the law found in Chapter 199 of Title 15 of Nevada’s code. The best way to navigate the criminal justice system and to respond to accusations of solicitation is to talk with a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who understands this type of crime and who can provide comprehensive advocacy during an investigation, after an arrest, and until your involvement with the criminal justice system is complete.
LV Criminal Defense is here to help. Our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team has provided representation to defendants accused of many different types of offenses. We can put our extensive knowledge of solicitation crimes to work to help you to get the best possible outcomes if you have come under suspicion for solicitation. You should give us a call as soon as you are being investigated or as soon as possible after you are arrested or charged so we can get to work on developing the best response to charges aimed at helping you to escape the criminal justice system with an acquittal or with minimal penalties.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
According to Nevada Revised Statute section 199.500, the crime of solicitation occurs when any person hires someone to commit certain criminal offenses. The crime also occurs if an individual commands or counsels someone to commit these particular criminal offenses, or if an individual otherwise solicits someone to commit these particular offenses.
Under the relevant statute, if an individual counsel, hires, commands, or solicits someone to commit arson or kidnapping, the individual who attempted to convince someone to commit arson or kidnapping would be found guilty of a gross misdemeanor if no criminal act was actually committed because of the solicitation. A gross misdemeanor is a serious offense that could result in up to year imprisonment in the county jail and that could result in a fine up to $2,000. This means merely counseling someone to kidnap another person could result in you being jailed for a year and left with a permanent criminal record, even if no kidnapping ever took place.
N.R.S. 199.500 also establishes a penalty for soliciting someone to commit the crime of murder. Soliciting someone to commit murder, if no criminal act actually occurs as a result of the solicitation, can result in a conviction for a Category B felony.
Felony offenses are much more serious offenses than a gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor offenses. A defendant convicted of a category B felony under N.R.S. 199.500 would face a mandatory minimum sentence of two years imprisonment. This would mean that no matter the mitigating circumstances, the judge would be required to impose at least a two-year prison sentence after conviction for solicitation to commit murder. The maximum prison sentence for solicitation to commit murder under N.R.S. 199.500 is 15 years imprisonment, so it is possible that a conviction could lead to a very lengthy prison sentence.
The penalty for solicitation to commit murder could also include a fine up to $10,000.
The penalties for solicitation are very serious, and a prosecutor does not even have to show that any underlying criminal act took place in order to convict a defendant of solicitation. As a result, it is important to respond aggressively when you are charged with solicitation. You need to devise a smart legal strategy for fighting accusations that you committed a serious crime. LV Criminal Defense can help.
Our Nevada criminal defense law firm can assist you in evaluating the evidence a prosecutor has to prove you engaged in the solicitation. Based on the strength of the case against you and possible available defenses, we can help you to determine if negotiating a plea deal is the best course of action or if you should go to court to fight to be acquitted. We can represent you both in the courtroom and out of it, so you should give us a call as soon as possible after you have been accused of solicitation so our legal team can go to work for you to try to help you to defend your freedom and future.