According to NRS 207.180, it is a crime to threaten another person through letters or writing to another person, anonymously or otherwise. Threatening letters can include threats to:
It is also a crime to attempt to extort money or property from a person by sending a letter that:
Obscene letters are letters that include:
There are a few key provisions of this statute. First, it extends well beyond simply threatening physical violence, it also includes accusing a person of a crime, or threatening to reveal private information about their illnesses or failings. Second, the letter can be sent through various means, it is not limited to letters sent through the mail but also letters sent through a private messenger, email, public publication, or other media. Third, the crime covers letters sent anonymously, signed by the actual letter sender, and letters bearing a fictitious name.
If you or a loved one have been charged with violating NRS 207.180 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 threatening letters or writing:
The crime of threatening or obscene letters or writings is a misdemeanor crime. Therefore, if a person is convicted of such a crime they can face:
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
If you have been charged with sending a threatening letter in Nevada, contact our team of seasoned and aggressive Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys. Depending on the facts of your case, we may be able to persuade the prosecution to reduce the charges or to drop them all together so your record stays clean.