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What Is A Sex Crime In Nevada?
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Right? However, for certain Nevada sex crime offenders, what happens in Vegas, can become public knowledge and keep them in Vegas much longer than intended.
If you’re charged with a sex crime in Las Vegas (or anywhere else in Nevada), the law will show you no mercy. A Nevada sex crime conviction can lead to extensive prison time, heavy fines, probation, and a lifelong trail of additional negative consequences.
At the Vegas Lawyers, we understand what’s at stake. Our Las Vegas sex crimes lawyers have the experience and skill to mount a strong defense effort for the best possible outcome in your case.
Don’t risk your freedom, finances, and reputation by having a sex crimes charge handled by an inexperienced attorney. Contact us today at (702) 707-7000 for your free confidential consultation with a proven Las Vegas sex crimes lawyer.
Overview Of Sex Crimes In Nevada
Each year, tourists from all over the world flock to Las Vegas. Most have hopes of indulging in all forms of adult entertainment.
Unfortunately, many of those same tourists are under the false impression that certain sexual acts and behaviors are permissible in Las Vegas, like prostitution or indecent exposure.
With that in mind, it’s in your best interest to stay informed of every sex crime in Las Vegas before the police have to inform you.
Contact us if you have questions about your specific case or require more details.
According to NRS 200.571, a person is guilty of harassment if (but not limited to) they:
- Knowingly threaten a person (or anyone else) with physical injury or property damage
- Physically (or threaten to) confine or restrain the person they threaten
- Do any act with the intention causing of physical or mental harm to the person they threatened
In addition, the person receiving the threats must have a reasonable fear (via words or actions) that the threats are valid.
A person can be convicted of stalking in Nevada (NRS 200.575) if they “maliciously engage” in conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel:
- Terrorized or frightened
- Intimidated or harassed
- Fearful for the immediate safety of family or household members
Stalking is generally a misdemeanor offense in Nevada. However, aggravated stalking can lead to a felony conviction and up to 15 years in prison.
Peeping, Spying, Peering Into A Dwelling
Just because the door or window is open, doesn’t mean that it’s lawful to “peep” inside. According to NRS 200.603, a person is guilty of peeping, spying, or peering into a dwelling in Nevada if they:
● Knowingly enter the property/premises owned or leased by another person while intending to conceal themself secretly. At the same time, they peer, peep, or spy through windows, doors, or other openings of a building used for dwelling purposes.
● The consequences for peeping range from a misdemeanor to felony conviction, depending on the circumstances.
Capturing Image Of Private Area Of Another Person
According to NRS 200.604, you can be charged with the sex crime of capturing an image of the “private areas” of another person without their consent (so long as they have a reasonable expectation of privacy).
Also, it’s illegal to share or post “revenge porn” in Nevada. Revenge porn is the act of disseminating intimate photos/videos of someone online in an attempt to cause embarrassment or to harass the victim.
That includes distributing, disclosing, displaying, transmitting, or publishing any sensitive pictures/videos without consent or knowledge.
Open Or Gross Lewdness
A person commits the sex crime of open and gross lewdness (NRS 201.210) by engaging in the following types of activities:
- Engaging in sexual activity in a public space
- Sexually touching another person without permission
It’s important to note that open or gross lewdness can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances. For example, if you have sex in a public place and a minor sees it, it’s a felony offense.
In many cases, individuals charged with open and gross lewdness are also charged with indecent exposure (NRS 201.220). Indecent exposure includes exposing private areas (i.e., genitals) in a public place or in a place that’s open to public view.
If convicted of indecent exposure, you must register on the Nevada Sex Offender List with a Tier 1 designation.
As defined by NRS 207.190, coercion makes it illegal to use violence, intimidation, or deprivation to pressure someone into doing something they are not legally obligated to do.
Examples of sexual coercion include, but are not limited to:
- Giving someone drugs or alcohol to lower their inhibitions and take advantage of them sexually
- Emotional blackmail
- Threats of harm or violence if they do not comply with sexual demands
If physical force is used or threatened to force someone to do something of a sexual nature that they don’t want to do, the penalties are much harsher.
Sexual Assault & Rape
NRS 200.366 states that sexual assault occurs when a person forces another person to “make a sexual penetration on themself, another person, or animal against that person’s will.
Furthermore, it is illegal to have penetrative sex with a person who can’t resist or understand the nature of their conduct. For example, if Billy meets Sally at a Las Vegas pool party and they go back to his hotel room, Billy can be charged with the rape of Sally if he has sex with her while she’s passed out on his bed.
Due to the nature of the crime, individuals convicted of sexual assault face harsh penalties. That can include up to life in prison. If guilty, defendants may potentially never be eligible for parole or released from prison, depending on the circumstances of the case.
Date rape and sexual assault are the same in the eyes of Nevada law enforcement. However, a slight difference is that date rape occurs between acquaintances, and sexual assault typically happens between two people with a prior relationship.
Sexual Assault of Spouse By Spouse
Sexual assault is sexual assault, regardless of marital status. According to NRS 200.373, a person can be charged with spousal rape if they force their partner into sexual acts via physical force or threat of force.
The laws for sexual assault and spousal assault are almost the same. However, under specific circumstances, a spouse can have sex with their spouse without consent.
Otherwise known as the commission of certain sexual acts in public, NRS 201.190 makes it illegal to have oral or anal sex in a public space. Adults who are convicted of this crime face class D felony charges.
Prostitution & Solicitation
In some regions of Nevada, prostitution is legal. However, that’s not the case for Clark County. Under Nevada law, prostitution and solicitation of sexual services are illegal in Las Vegas.
NRS 201.354 defines prostitution as any act that involves “trading” resources for sexual acts like penetrative sex, oral sex, sexual touching, etc. A person who only offers or agrees to “prostitute” themself (but doesn’t commit the act) can still be convicted of soliciting sexual services.
Generally, the punishment for prostitution and solicitation is the same. However, if the defendant is the customer, they may face harsher penalties. That’s especially true for repeat offenders.
Pimping, Pandering & Sex Trafficking
According to NRS 201.320, anyone who knowingly accepts funds resulting from prostitution is guilty of Pimping. While prostitution is usually a misdemeanor charge, pimping is an automatic felony.
Individuals convicted of pimping in Las Vegas face up to 5 years in prison and heavy fines.
Pandering (NRS 201.300) is similar to pimping but not the same. Pandering is the act of persuading someone (without violence or force) to prostitute him or herself. In most cases, pandering is punished more harshly than pimping. However, many defendants face both charges at the same time.
Sex trafficking is physically forcing (or threatening) someone into prostitution or marriage. The penalties for sex trafficking are usually harsher than penalties for pandering or pimping. That’s especially true if a minor is involved.
Due to the potential implications of inter-family sexual relationships, incest (NRS 201.180) is a serious charge in Nevada. Individuals who are related (closer than “second cousins”) are prohibited from marrying or having sexual intercourse.
Those convicted of incest in Nevada can be charged with a class A felony resulting in prison time and heavy fines. Furthermore, an incest conviction requires lifetime supervision and registration on the Nevada sex offenders list.
Less Mentioned Sex Crimes in Vegas
Nevada’s sex crimes laws are extensive. The sex crimes listed above are among the most common. However, there are many other sex crimes to be aware of including, but not limited to, the following:
- NRS 200.030 – Murder in the commission of a rape
- NRS 201.455 – Beastiality
- NRS 200.310 – Kidnapping for sexual reasons
- NRS 200.485 – Battery Domestic Violence
- NRS 201.205 – Intentional transmission of HIV
- NRS 200.405 – Administration of drugs to aid the commission of a felony (i.e., rape)
- NRS 179D.113 – Failure to Register as a sex offender
Understanding Internet Sex Crimes In Las Vegas
Sex crimes committed in person or online are generally treated the same. Some of the most commonly prosecuted internet sex crimes in Las Vegas include the following:
- Owning, distributing, or producing child pornography
- “Sexting “ with a minor via social media, text message, messaging app, etc.
- Engaging in any online sex trafficking activities
- Soliciting sex online
- Revenge porn
Since internet sex crimes occur online, they can be prosecuted at the federal level. That means harsher consequences and almost guaranteed prison time if convicted. Speak with an experienced Las Vegas sex crimes lawyer to learn more.
Child Sex Crimes In Nevada
Child sex crimes incur notoriously harsh punishments. Individuals convicted of sex crimes against children in Nevada can expect extensive prison sentences and high fines. Additionally, those convicted are usually required to register as a Tier 2 – 3 sex offender.
Listed below are common types of child sex crimes.
Statutory Rape – Sexual Seduction
Statutory rape (NRS 200.368) occurs when someone over 18 has penetrative sex with a minor who is between 14 to 15 years old and at least four years junior of the offender.
If the defendant is over 21 or has been previously convicted of a sex crime, they face felony charges. However, if the offender is younger than 21, they are typically charged with a gross misdemeanor.
In each case, the individual must register on the Nevada sex offenders list if convicted.
Lewdness With A Child Under A Certain Age
An adult is guilty of lewdness with a child under 16 (NRS 201.230) if they knowingly commit a “lewd or lascivious” act (with exception to sexual assault) upon or with the body of a person under 16 years old.
Lewd acts can include any action meant to cause arousal or appeal to a minor’s (under the age of consent) sexual desires.
If the offender is under 18 years old, they can be charged with this crime if they commit any of the acts mentioned above with a child under 14 years old. That’s true regardless of whether consent was given.
Improper Sexual Conduct Between Teachers And Students
Nevada strictly prohibits any type of sexual contact between “certain employees of schools or volunteers at school and a student. Individuals convicted face punishments ranging from a class C felony to a class B felony depending on the student’s age, the offender’s position at the school, and many other factors.
Child Pornography Charges In Nevada
If an individual is convicted of child pornography charges in Nevada, they face criminal felony charges. That’s true, even if it’s a first-time offense. According to Nevada law, a person can be convicted of the child porn charges if they:
- Possess child porn (NRS 200.730)
- Use a minor in a pornography production (NRS 200.710)
- Advertise child pornography (NRS 200.720)
In addition to state charges, defendants may be subject to federal investigation and prosecution.
Charged With A Sex Crime In Las Vegas? Contact Us Today
Are you facing charges for a sex crime? If so, you need to understand how serious the penalties are for such crimes if you get convicted. Being convicted of a sex crime in Las Vegas can lead to long lasting consequences such as having to register as a sex offender. With the stakes so high, you need the best possible lawyer by your side.