This page will explain what the penalty for commission of certain unlawful acts by reason of discrimination is, how to defend against this charge, and the potential penalties one might face if convicted of the crime.
In the state of Nevada, it is a crime to commit certain crimes against another person or group on account of their real or perceived:
This statute applies to the following crimes:
These crimes are generally charged as misdemeanors, however, if the reason they were committed is because the intended victim is a member of one of the discriminatory classes listed earlier, these crimes will instead be charged as a gross misdemeanor and be punished more harshly.
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It should also be noted that this statute will apply based on a person’s real or perceived inclusion in one of the discriminatory groups. So, the victim does not have to be a member of one of the discriminatory classes, rather they only must be perceived as being a person in one of those discriminatory classes.
If you or a loved one have been charged with this crime in Nevada it is important to remember that the burden is proof is upon the State of Nevada to show beyond a reasonable doubt that you have committed the crime. Most crimes have defenses that can be raised to refute the state’s argument. An experienced attorney may raise the following defenses against a charge of committing an unlawful act by reason of discrimination:
This statute is not a traditional crime, rather it is considered an aggravating factor and enhancement crime. Generally, the crimes that are included under this statute are charged as misdemeanors, however, if the reason you committed the crime is because the victim was a member of one of the aforementioned discriminatory classes, the crime will be charged as a gross misdemeanor, which carries stronger punishment than misdemeanor.
The crime of committing an unlawful act by reason of discrimination is a gross misdemeanor crime. As such, if convicted, a person can face:
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