Statute of Limitations for Murder or Terrorism in Nevada N.R.S. 171.080
When a crime is committed, prosecutors can pursue criminal charges against the alleged wrongdoer. However, prosecutors cannot just pursue a case at any time- they must make sure they file charges before the deadline has passed. The state of Nevada imposes different deadlines, or a different statute of limitations, for differing types of criminal offenses. For very serious crimes, including murder and terrorism, there is no statute of limitations under state law and you can be prosecuted at any time.
If you have been accused of murder or of a terrorism offense, these crimes are the two most serious in the criminal code. You could face a lifetime of imprisonment, or even the death penalty upon conviction. Many attorneys do not represent clients facing murder or terrorism charges due to the complexity of these cases and the high stakes. At LV Criminal Defense, however, we have the knowledge and experience to take on even the most difficult criminal defenses. We have represented many clients accused of murder and of offenses related to terrorism and we can bring our legal experience to your case to help you try to avoid conviction or lessen the severity of possible consequences you face.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Murder or Terrorism?
The state of Nevada addresses the deadline for filing a case against a defendant for the crimes of murder or terrorism in Nevada Revised Statute Section 171.080. The relevant section of the criminal code states there is no time limitation on when a prosecutor can bring charges.
N.R.S. 202.44 defines acts of terrorism that can lead to prosecution. Terrorism under this law includes knowing or intentionally committing or causing an act of terror, as well as providing material support for an act of terror, concealing such an act, or otherwise attempting to aid an act of terror.
N.R.S. 200.010 defines murder to include the unlawful killing of a human being with express or implied malice aforethought, or the unlawful killing of a human being caused by a controlled substance.
A prosecutor can commence a case against a defendant at any time after the defendant either causes a death in violation of the murder statute or is involved in an act of terror.
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How is Your Case Affected By Nevada Statute of Limitations Laws?
The existence of a statute of limitations, or a time limit for filing claims, is intended to protect people from constantly worried about being prosecuted for past actions. A time limit for filing claims also ensures that defendants are not put on trial for offenses that occurred many years earlier.
When years, or even decades, pass between the time a crime is allegedly committed and the time a trial commences, defendants may face tremendous difficulty putting together an effective defense. You may have a hard time finding old evidence or alibi witnesses from years past, and you may not even remember where you were or what you were doing at the time the crime was allegedly committed.
Unfortunately, defendants accused of two of the most serious crimes in Nevada are not protected by a statute of limitations. This means you may be charged with old crimes and forced to struggle to put together a case. At LV Criminal Defense, we have helped many clients to defend against murder and terrorism charges based on both recent cases and based on crimes occurring years before. We can uncover what happened in the past and help you to raise the most effective defenses.
How Can a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer Help?
Murder and terrorism charges are too serious to handle on your own, as making a mistake during your defense could mean spending the rest of your life in prison. You owe it to yourself to have an attorney with experience representing clients facing these charges. Give LV Criminal Defense a call today to speak with a criminal lawyer who can help.
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