There are certain types of criminal conduct in Las Vegas for which your intent matters a great deal regarding the penalties that will be imposed upon you. When a crime with which you are accused has an intent element, the prosecutor has the burden of proving that you had the requisite intent in order to be found guilty. The prosecutor must prove your intent beyond a reasonable doubt.
Of course, it can be difficult to prove what someone was thinking or the beliefs that guided a person’s conduct. As a result, Nevada law has specific how intent can be manifested when a defendant has been accused of a crime and a prosecutor must prove guilt. N.R.S. 193.200 details how intent is manifested in the state of Nevada, and the rules set forth within this section of Nevada’s criminal code can have a profound impact on the outcome of your criminal case.
LV Criminal Defense can help you to understand the provisions of N.R.S. 193.200 and can otherwise provide you with assistance in determining how the rules for manifestation of intent can affect the verdict in your criminal case. Our Las Vegas defense lawyers can also help you to introduce doubt about your intent and to build a strong defense to other elements of the crime that you have been accused of committing.
As soon as you are charged with an offense, regardless of whether the prosecutor must show intent or not, it is a good idea to get legal help making your case and fighting the charges against you. Call today to talk with a skilled and experienced attorney at our renowned Nevada criminal defense firm so we can begin working to help you fight charges.
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N.R.S. 193.200 explains the manifestation of intent. According to the relevant statute, intent is manifested based on the circumstances that surround the perpetration of the offense. This means that it is necessary to look at the actions taken by the defendant in the time leading up to the criminal act. If those actions show that the perpetrator was intentionally taking proactive steps to commit a crime, this could be a strong indicator that the defendant acted with premeditation and was planning to break the law.
N.R.S. 193.200 also indicates that intent must be inferred based on the sound mind and the discretion of the person who has been accused of the offense. If a person is accused of a criminal offense with an intent requirement and the individual is not mentally sound, then he may not be considered legally able to possess criminal intent. This would mean that the defendant should not be found guilty of an offense that intent is an element of, since he is incapable of intentionally making a plan to perpetrate and carry forth the commission of a crime and/or incapable of understanding the impact of his actions.
It is up to you to fight for your future when a prosecutor has accused you of a crime and aims to prove that you acted with the requisite intent to be found guilty of the offense. LV Criminal Defense knows the laws on manifestation of intent that are found in N.R.S. 193.200 and our skilled legal team can help you to put together the strongest possible defenses in order to reduce the chances of a guilty verdict. To find out more about how our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys can help you to fight the charges brought against you when you have been accused of intentionally breaking the law, give us a call today.