Overview of Miscellaneous Criminal Offenses Codified under Nevada Law

Overview of Miscellaneous Criminal Offenses Codified under Nevada LawThere are a series of criminal offenses that can be found in a section of the Nevada Code labeled “Miscellaneous.” This may appear, on first glance, to be a fairly innocuous section reflecting a set of offenses that result in a slip of the proverbial wrist. Not so. The list of criminal offenses in this section are quite serious and carry significant penalties, if convicted.

Sending a Threatening or Obscene Letter

NRS 207.180 is the Nevada law that prohibits sending threatening or obscene letters. This includes not just letters on paper but also electronic media such as text messaging and email. The statute states:

1.  Any person who knowingly sends or delivers any letter or writing:

      (a) Threatening to accuse another of a crime or misdemeanor, or to expose or publish any of the other person’s infirmities or failings, with intent to extort money, goods, chattels or other valuable thing; or

      (b) Threatening to maim, wound, kill or murder, or to burn or destroy the house or other property of another person, or to accuse another of a crime or misdemeanor, or expose or publish any of the other person’s infirmities, though no money, goods, chattels or other valuable thing be demanded,

is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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2.  Any person who:

      (a) Writes and sends, or writes and delivers, either through the mail, express, by private parties or otherwise, any anonymous letter, or any letter bearing a fictitious name, charging any person with crime; or

      (b) Writes and sends any anonymous letter or letters bearing a fictitious name, containing vulgar or threatening language, obscene pictures, or containing reflections upon his or her standing in society or in the community,

is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Upon conviction for violating NRS 207.180, a judge may impose up to $1,000 and/or up to six (6) months in jail.

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Hate Crimes

NRS 207.185 enables the government to escalate certain misdemeanors in Nevada are charged as gross misdemeanors in Nevada if they’re allegedly committed as a hate crime. This statutory provision applies to the following criminal offenses in Nevada:

  • The criminal offense of assault (NRS 200.471)
  • The criminal offense of battery (NRS 200.481)
  • The criminal offense of elder abuse (NRS 200.5099)
  • The criminal offense of harassment (NRS 200.571)
  • The criminal offense of stalking (NRS 200.575)
  • The criminal offense of breach of peace (NRS 203.010)
  • The criminal offense of threatening or obscene letters or writing (NRS 207.180)
  • The criminal offense of trespass (NRS 207.200)
  • The criminal offense of unlawful assembly (NRS 203.060)
  • The criminal offense of disturbing a meeting (NRS 203.090)
  • The criminal offense of assembling to disturb peace (NRS 203.020)
  • The criminal offense of provoking commission of breach of peace (NRS 203.030)
  • The criminal offense of armed association (NRS 203.080)
  • The criminal offense of offenses in public conveyances (NRS 203.100)
  • The criminal offense of forcible entry and detainer (NRS 203.110)
  • The criminal offense of commission of act in public building or area interfering with peaceful conduct of activities (NRS 203.119)
  • The criminal offense of destruction or damage of property by unlawful assembly (NRS 206.010)
  • The criminal offense of entering property with intention to damage or destroy property (NRS 206.040)
  • The criminal offense of nuisance in building; trespass upon grounds; disturbing assembly (NRS 206.140)
  • The criminal offense of unlawful posting of bills, signs or posters (NRS 206.200)
  • The criminal offense of injury of another’s property (NRS 206.310)
  • The criminal offense of destruction of signs or notices forbidding trespass (NRS 207.210)


NRS 207.190 prohibits the act of coercion. This is defined as intentionally using intimidation, deprivation, or violence to make another person do something they are not legally obligated to do. An example is a boss threatening to fire his secretary unless she submits to his sexual advances. Coercion is categorized as a misdemeanor offense in Nevada. However, it is only chargeable as a misdemeanor if no physical force was used or threatened. If, on the other hand, the coercer did commit or threaten to use physical force, then you could be charged with a category B felony in Nevada.

Attempting to Evade Casino Regulations

NRS 207.195 outlaws the use of “monetary instruments” that were derived from an unlawful activity to be used to conduct financial transactions with the intent to evade the regulations applicable to casinos. Basically, it is against the law to use stolen or fraudulently obtained funds to gamble in Las Vegas. This statute defines “monetary instrument” as any coin or currency of the United States or any other country, any traveler’s check, personal check, money order, bank check, cashier’s check, stock, bond, precious metal, precious stone or gem, etc.

Other Miscellaneous Criminal Offenses

The list of criminal offenses appearing in the miscellaneous section of the Nevada Code is vast. Here is a sampling of just some of the remaining offenses:

  • NRS 207.203  Unlawful trespass upon licensed gaming establishment by person previously convicted of prostitution or solicitation for prostitution.
  • NRS 207.220  Penalty for not closing gates.
  • NRS 207.225  Unlawful diversion of irrigation water.
  • NRS 207.230  Acting without lawful authority
  • NRS 207.235  Dog racing as gaming activity.

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