Lewdness with a Child
Las Vegas Sex Crimes Lawyer Describes Nevada Crime of Lewd Conduct with a Child (NRS 201.230)
Lewdness with a child is different from the Nevada crime of sexual assault, although a person can be charged with both crimes in the same case.
Nevada has very strict laws about sex acts committed on children under the age of 14. Like all sex crimes, there is a strong chance that a conviction will require registration as a sex offender on top of serving long prison sentences.
If you have been arrested for lewdness with a child under the age of 14 in Las Vegas, contact LV Criminal Defense to begin protecting your rights.
Legal Definition of Lewdness with a Child under 14
If a person commits a lewd or lascivious act on the body or any body part of a person under the age of 14 for the purposes of:
- Appealing to
- Gratifying or
passions, sexual desires, or lust of
- The defendant adult or
- The child
charges may be brought for lewdness with a child.
“Lewd or lascivious” acts mean any sexual activity up to but not including penetration (because unlawful penetration is sexual assault).
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How is lewdness with a child sentenced in Nevada?
Sexual acts involving children carry some of the highest penalties of any Nevada crime. A first-time conviction for lewdness with a child under the age of 14 in Las Vegas brings life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after 10 years have been served.
As with other sex crime convictions, defendants will have to register as sex offenders and be monitored for life by the Nevada Department of Parole and Probation.
Two or more convictions
If the defendant has a prior conviction for any sexual offense involving a child, such as sexual misconduct between a teacher and student, the judge can sentence him or her to enhanced penalties. The enhanced penalty in Nevada for lewdness with a child under the age of 14 is an increased sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
Evidence in Lewdness with a Child cases in Nevada
The courts recognize that children under a certain age, especially those under the age of 10, do not always understand the difference between the truth and make believe. Unfortunately, as sex crimes involving children receive more and more attention in the media, it can provide fodder for exaggerated or even outright false claims. Because of the seriousness of the penalties for sex offenses involving children, including lewdness with a child under the age of 14, Nevada courts may require the prosecution to hire an expert witness to testify as to whether the child is telling the truth and understands what the truth is.
If you have been wrongly accused of lewdness with a child, there is still hope, but you must hire a qualified sex crimes defense lawyer in Las Vegas as soon as possible.
Contact to discuss the charges against you if you have been arrested in Las Vegas for lewdness with a child under the age of 14. You have serious rights at stake.