Nevada Sex Crimes- Definitions and Sentences
Sex crimes carry an especially high degree of social stigma and suspicion, more so than almost any other crime. In fact, Nevada sex crime convictions can be punished as harshly as some murders or homicides. Almost always, the defendant must register as a sex offender in Nevada which can extend the punishment long after time has been served. This can make it difficult to find housing, and coupled with a felony criminal record, life can be very difficult if you are convicted of a sex crime in Las Vegas.
If you have been arrested for a sex crime in Nevada, you need an experienced, aggressive Las Vegas sex crimes defense attorney as soon as possible. Your freedom and reputation are at stake and law enforcement is not on your side.
What is a sex crime in Nevada?
Any crime in this list is considered a Nevada sex crime:
- Sexual Assault (including rape), which involves penetration of a person’s body
- Statutory Sexual Seduction (statutory rape) which can be a non-violent offense between consenting partners
- Open or gross lewdness crimes that include indecent exposure or other sex acts that do not involve penetration of a human body
- Lewdness with a child under the age of 14
- Sexual Misconduct between Teachers and Students, even if the student consented
- Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and
- Internet crimes against children, including filming a sex act with a child or simply possessing a pornographic work that includes a child.
Nevada law criminalizes sex for money (such as pandering and prostitution) in other ways. Read more information about crimes related to sex workers.
Sentencing for Las Vegas Sex Crimes
Convictions for sex offenses can range from a gross misdemeanor (such as a case in which an 18 year old has consensual sex with a 15 year old) with probation to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the most serious, repeated offenses, especially those against minors.
In most cases, Nevada sex crimes are felony convictions that can follow you on a criminal record for many years. Often, the judge will require someone convicted of a sex crime in Nevada to register as a sex offender, and this information is kept in local and national databases searchable by anyone. This can make the already difficult task of finding housing and a job for a person with a felony conviction even more difficult.
The Sex Offender Registry
The Nevada Sex Offender Registry is a database that can searched by name, address, city, state, or zip code. The registry allows the public to search their area for people who are registered as sex offenders.
The registry claims that the information is not meant to punish a sex offender, but rather to protect families with children. For example, a family living in the same neighborhood as a sex offender may not allow their children to play outside without being supervised by an adult.
In reality, registering as a sex offender can haunt a person convicted of a sex crime in everything they do. This is one reason why an experienced Las Vegas sex crimes lawyer should represent you if you have been charged with a sexual crime in Nevada.
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How does a Las Vegas sex attorney defend a person charged with a sex crime?
Sex and sex crimes are receiving more coverage on television than ever before. This means that the public is generally more aware of what a sex crime is and how allegations of a sex offense can ruin a person’s life.
Investigating false allegations
Unfortunately, this means that false claims are on the rise, including those made by children under the age of 14. A skilled criminal defense lawyer understands that children are sympathetic parties in a sex crimes case, but that justice must be done. Just like other criminal defendants, people accused of sex crimes are innocent until proven guilty, and this may mean asking children the tough questions and fighting for your right to be free from false claims that you committed a sex offense.
Evaluating the time limit for reporting sex crimes
Sex crimes such as sexual assault must be reported within a certain period of time in Nevada. Typically, there is a four year time limit for reporting these crimes. There are some exceptions if the person reporting the crime was a child when it happened to him or her. Still, as time goes on, the evidence gets lost and fades with people’s memories.
Nick Wooldridge – your sex crimes defense lawyer – will fight to reduce charges where the evidence is too old to be found or relied upon.
What if the other party consented?
For some sex crimes such as statutory sexual seduction, whether or not the victim consented does not matter.
For others like rape, a lack of consent is the heart of the crime. If the victim consented, there is no sexual assault.
Consent can be a difficult aspect of a case to evaluate because many factors-much more than a verbal “yes” or “no”- are involved. A sex crimes defense lawyer with experience in these cases will understand how to best present the consent defense and convey the pros and cons to you of doing so.
Probation for Nevada Sex Crimes
Probation may be available in certain cases for sex crimes in Las Vegas, especially if they are your first offense. This is an important opportunity to get a second chance if you made a mistake. Your experienced criminal attorney can advise you of whether probation is possible instead of a jail sentence.
For certain sex crimes, the judge is prohibited by Nevada law from allowing probation rather than jail time. The law intends for certain sex crime sentences to be served in their entirety, especially if the charge is not a first time offense.
All sex crimes are serious offenses in Nevada that can result in long jail times and registration as a sex offender. You deserve a Las Vegas sex crimes defense attorney who will fight for your rights. Contact LV Criminal Defense today to begin your defense.