According to NRS 207.320, it is a crime to sell academic writing. Academic fraud is becoming more and more widespread in the United States. Websites are popping up all over offering academic writing services for students to buy papers and submit them for a grade without completing any of the work themselves.
Many states have enacted laws to criminalize this behavior. NRS 207.320 is Nevada’s anti-academic writing fraud statute. This page will explain what the crime of selling academic writing 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 prepare or sell any piece of academic writing, such as a term paper, thesis, or dissertation, to be submitted by someone other than the author towards the fulfillment of an education requirement such as a degree requirement or some other academic credit.
There are some important aspects of this statute. First, this statute only criminalizes the selling of academic writing. It does not criminalize buying or attempting to buy academic writing. The buyer of academic certainly could be subject to discipline from their school, or perhaps even some other Nevada statute, but the buyers of academic writing will not be charged under NRS 207.320. Second, this statute applies to any piece of academic writing sold with the intention of fulling an education requirement, such as a degree requirement. Therefore, this statute can apply not only undergraduate or graduate level students, but also to high school students, as high school students are attempting to earn their high school degree.
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 or selling academic writing:
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The crime of selling academic writing is a misdemeanor crime. As such, if convicted, a person can face:
Additionally, of course, any seller of academic writing who is themselves a student could certainly be a subject to discipline from their school. If a person is convicted of the crime of selling academic writing, school discipline does not seem to be far behind.
If you have been charged with preparing or selling academic writing under NRS 207.320, contact one of attorneys today. Our attorneys are experienced in criminal matters. Though this crime is only a misdemeanor it can still have a tremendously negative impact on your life. Any criminal conviction, misdemeanor or not, must be disclosed on, for example, job applications. Our attorneys stand ready to provide a zealous and competent defense for you.
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