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Prevention of Public Offenses

Chapter 169 Trial Defined By a Las Vegas Defense Lawyer in Nevada NRS 169.195

Preventing Public Offenses One of the primary goals of the criminal justice system is to prevent offenses from occurring. When a defendant is found guilty, he may be put on probation and required to refrain from engaging in certain conduct. A defendant who is convicted may also be sent to prison and removed from the population so he is unable to offend again.  In some cases, however, a defendant only needs to threaten a crime to prompt state action.

To help achieve the goal of preventing public offenses, Nevada has outlined certain rules in Title 14.  These rules address everything from when law enforcement officers can intervene in a situation to when defendants must post bond as a guarantee they won’t engage in future disruptive behaviors.

A defendant who is summoned to court to respond to a complaint or to deal with accusations he’s made threats must understand the rules established by Chapter 170 of Title 14 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. LV Criminal Defense is an experienced law firm based on Las Vegas, Nevada that knows state and federal criminal laws, including laws related to prevention of public offenses. Our attorneys are here to help you fight accusations made against you, so give us a call as soon as possible when faced with legal trouble.

What Laws Govern Prevention of Public Offenses?

Nevada Revised Statutes Title 14 Chapter 170 address the prevention of public offenses. These laws are part of the Nevada code sections establishing procedural requirements in criminal cases.  While the laws establishing criminal procedure govern all aspects of trial proceedings, Chapter 170 is primarily focused on situations where defendants may disturb the peace, or in which there is reason to suspect someone may commit a crime.

Within the United States, defendants are not supposed to be punished for things they have not yet done wrong.  Under Nevada Revised State Section 170.090, however, individuals may be asked to enter into a bond and post up to $5,000 in security or collateral if they have threatened to commit an offense. If the individual who posted the bond actually commits a crime, the bond would be forfeited.

Other provisions of Nevada Revised State Chapter 170 address peace bonds. When a complaint is made against someone but no criminal charges are filed, a peace bond hearing may be scheduled. The person who the complaint is made against – the defendant- would need to come to court and the court could require the defendant to sign a peace bond promising not to commit an offense.   If the defendant was convicted of a breach of the peace, the bond would be deemed broken.

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Your Rights Under N.R.S. Chapter 170

If you are made to come to court based on a complaint or allegations you’ve made a threat, your money could be at stake- and so could your freedom.  Under N.R.S. 170.100, your refusal to give security would necessitate the magistrate commit you to prison until you pay the required bond. The maximum period of time you could be confined in prison for omitting to give a bond is six months.

You do not deserve to be forced to give up thousands of dollars for the court to hold, or to lose six months of your life to imprisonment. You need a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer to represent you and argue why bond is not appropriate.

Getting Help from a Nevada Criminal Defense Lawyer

When the court takes action against you to prevent public offenses under N.R.S. Chapter 170, you need to take the legal action seriously. Even though you are not formally charged with a crime when made to post a peace bond and pledge security, there are still consequences… and imprisonment or criminal charges could follow.  A Las Vegas criminal attorney a LV Criminal Defense can provide you with advice and representation as you deal with the court’s actions against you. Call today to learn more.

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The criminal process in Nevada involves many “characters” and personalities, as well as written rules and unwritten procedures. A conviction can result in a loss of freedom due to jail time and loss of rights to custody of children, immigration status, to carry a weapon, to vote, or the right to work in certain industries. For sex crimes, you may be required to register as a sex offender which can be devastating to your future.

Due to the complexity of the system and the potential loss of significant rights, your best bet is to retain LV Criminal Defense – a group of  highly qualified and experienced criminal defense lawyers who can defend you if you have been arrested.

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