In Nevada, when you are accused of a crime, many things can impact the potential penalties that you could end up facing if you are convicted of an offense. If the offense you are accused of is a public offense, one of the key factors determining the consequences is the value of the property that was affected or the loss that resulted from the offense.
It is important to understand how the property or loss value could impact the outcome of your case and, in some cases, it may be necessary to make compelling legal arguments disputing the property or loss value that the prosecutor is trying to convince the court to accept. You need to make certain that you have developed a sound legal strategy, both for avoiding conviction in the first place and, if convicted, for trying to reduce the penalties that could result from a guilty verdict.
Handling accusations that you have committed a public offense is not something that you should do on your own. LV Criminal Defense is here to help you ensure that you are making the best possible choices for defending against charges and trying to reduce your penalties.
Our Las Vegas, Nevada defense law firm has helped many defendants accused of public offenses to earn acquittal or to get favorable plea deals. We can put our legal knowledge in this complicated area of law to work for you to fight for your freedom. Give us a call today to find out more about the ways in which we can help.
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N.R.S. 193.155 sets forth the rules applicable in any and all circumstances in which a person is convicted of a public offense that sets penalties based on the value of property or the value of losses endured due to the crime.
Under N.R.S. 193.155, if you were convicted of a crime and the penalty was determined based on the amount of damage you caused, you could face charges for a Category C felony if the amount at stake was $5,000 or more. Likewise, if you committed a public offense that impaired public communication, impaired fire protection, impaired transportation, or impaired police, you could also be charged with a category C felony.
If you were found guilty of a public offense and the value of the loss was between $250 and $5,000, then your crime would be classified as a gross misdemeanor. Penalties for gross misdemeanors can be serious and often include a period of incarceration, although of course the potential penalties are less severe than if you had been found to have committed a category C felony.
If the value of the loss or damage caused by the commission of an offense was evaluated between $25 and $250, then you would face misdemeanor penalties. Finally, if the value was less than $25, the maximum penalty would be a fine of up to $500.
As soon as you have been accused of the commission of a public offense, you should reach out to Las Vegas criminal law attorneys to get help fighting for your future. LV Criminal Defense will evaluate the evidence against you and the nature of your case to advise you on the best way to respond to charges. If you have been convicted, we can also help you to do everything possible to try to reduce the severity of your sentence, including disputing the value of the loss or the value of the property that was affected by your alleged crime.