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Forfeiture as part of plea agreement

Nevada Defense Attorney Explains Forfeiture NRS 179.1221

forfeiture as a part of pleaForfeiture of property is a very real possibility in situations where a technological crime has allegedly been committed. Nevada law allows for civil forfeiture in connection with technological crimes, which means that it is possible money or property will be subject to forfeiture even in circumstances where you are not charged with, or convicted of, a crime.  Criminal forfeiture is also a consequence of conviction and a jury or the court can determine after conviction what property must be forfeited.

Typically, property that could be subject to forfeiture in connection with a technological crime includes property that was used in the commission of the crime, as well as any property that was part of the proceeds of the crime. The types of property that may have to be forfeited include real property, personal property, money, and securities.  In criminal forfeiture, if the jury or court determines property has to be forfeited and that particular property subject to forfeiture is not available, other property could be substituted instead.

You need to talk with a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney in order to understand the rules for forfeiture of property in connection with a technological crime.

LV Criminal Defense will help you to try to fight to avoid conviction for the underlying technological defense as well as to fight to protect your property. Whenever possible, acquittal is the goal. In circumstances where acquittal is not likely or you don’t wish to go to trial, we can also provide you with assistance in negotiating a plea deal. Forfeiture can be addressed in the plea agreement.

 Forfeiture and Plea Agreements for Technological Crimes

Nevada Revised Statute 179.1221 provides information on forfeiture in connection with a plea agreement for a technological crime.

When a defendant agrees to plead guilty to committing a technological offense, the defendant can try to negotiate with the prosecutor on the penalties and the consequences that are imposed. Prosecutors are often willing to make deals, including recommending lesser penalties, in order to avoid a trial which could potentially lead to no conviction at all. Prosecutors are even sometimes willing to reduce charges in exchange for a guilty plea, rather than pressing charges for a more serious offense in court.  This is aimed at providing further incentive to convince defendants to agree to admit guilt.

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If you are going to plead guilty to a technological offense, you need to be aware of the provisions of N.R.S. 179.1121. This statute indicates that a defendant who agrees to plead guilty to a technological offense can agree to the forfeiture of property as a part of the plea deal.  This means that you can negotiate on the specific property that must be forfeited as a result of your admission that you committed a technological crime.

Negotiating a plea deal can always be a complicated prospect and there is a lot at stake. This is something you should generally not try to do entirely on your own. Instead, it is best to talk with an experienced attorney who has experience making deals with prosecutors in connection with tech crimes. Our attorneys have successfully negotiated many plea deals, significantly reducing the sentences of defendants facing serious charges.

How a Nevada Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You

LV Criminal Defense can provide you with invaluable assistance in responding to serious charges arising from allegations that you committed a technological crime. Our legal team will put our extensive experience in the field of tech crimes to work to help you develop an appropriate strategy for responding to charges that is aimed at getting you the best outcomes possible in a bad situation.

We help you to fight to avoid a guilty verdict or to reduce penalties. We also provide advocacy and advice.

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