The offense of treason is one of the most serious crimes that can be committed because it involves a betrayal against the defendant’s own government. Treason can occur on the federal level when the United States of America is betrayed. However, going against the country is not the only form of treason that could have serious consequences.
The state of Nevada also defines treason as a crime and imposes punishment for the offense when a defendant engages in certain wrongful actions against the state. It is vitally important for anyone accused of the offense of treason to understand what the definition of the crime is in Nevada, what defenses or legal strategies are available to fight charges, and what potential penalties could result upon conviction.
LV Criminal Defense can provide representation to defendants accused of treason. Many Vegas defense lawyers are not familiar with providing representation in treason cases, but our legal team knows the ins-and-outs of the law and we can work to help you develop the right approach to treason charges so you can minimize or avoid penalties. Give us a call today to find out more about the services we offer and to get a knowledgeable and experienced Las Vegas criminal attorney on your side as your advocate.
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The state of Nevada defines the offense of treason in Nevada Revised Statutes section 196.010. According to the relevant statute, a defendant can be convicted of the crime of treason for levying war against the people who are living within the state of Nevada. A person could also be convicted of treason under N.R.S. 196.010 if the individual adheres to enemies of the state of Nevada or gave aid and comfort to enemies of the state.
While the definition of treason broadly encompasses all behaviors that go against the state of Nevada, N.R.S. 196.010 establishes specific, narrow parameters for the circumstances under which a defendant could be convicted of treason.
In N.R.S. 196.010(3), the law specifies that a defendant cannot be convicted of treason unless the defendant makes a confession of treason in open court or unless at least two witnesses testify as to the specific overt act the defendant took which was considered to be levying war against Nevada or which was considered to adhere to Nevada’s enemies or give them aid and comfort.
If a defendant is convicted of treason in accordance with the requirements set forth in N.R.S. 196.010, the relevant statute specifies that the offense of treason is considered to be.a category B felony. It is punishable by a minimum term of imprisonment in state prison for a period of at least two years. The maximum term of imprisonment for the offense of treason is 10 years.
When you are charged with treason, you are at serious risk of being convicted of a crime for which you could spend a full decade in prison. Having an offense of treason on your criminal record could also impact your life in many ways after you are sentenced, as a felony conviction for this offense could make it difficult or impossible to find a good job, build your career or pursue further education.
You don’t want to put your future at risk by failing to respond aggressively and assertively in defense of yourself if you are accused of committing treason. You need a Las Vegas defense attorney who understands how to fight these serious accusations so you can get your charges dismissed, earn an acquittal, or reduce the possible penalties you are facing. Contact LV Criminal Defense today to find out more about how our firm can help after you’ve come under investigation or been arrested for treason.