Harassment Charges in Las Vegas
Nevada law prohibits an act of harassment. The statute is extremely broad which leads law enforcement officers using the statute to make an arrest for conduct that might not constitution a crime. If you are charged with harassment, stalking or cyberstalking then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Joel M. Mann.
Criminal charges for harassment are often related to other types of accusations of domestic violence, such as domestic battery, stalking, aggravated stalking or cyberstalking. In addition to the criminal charges, the alleged victim making the complaint might also file a petition for a protective order (also called a restraining order).
Las Vegas Harassment Defense Attorney
Important defenses exist including show that a legitimate basis for the communication existed or that the complaining witness is making a false or exaggerated claim. Attorney Joel Mann represents clients charged with the misdemeanor offense of harassment throughout Clark County, including Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson, Nevada.
Penalties for Harassment
The penalties for harassment under Nevada law depend on the number of prior convictions. A first offense of harassment is charged as a misdemeanor while a second or subsequent is punishable as a gross misdemeanor.
Under NRS 200.571, Nevada law prohibits a person from committing harassment if the person:
- Without lawful authority;
- The person knowingly threatens:
- To cause bodily injury in the future to the person threatened or to any other person;
- To cause physical damage to the property of another person;
- To subject the person threatened or any other person to physical confinement or restraint; or
- To do any act which is intended to substantially harm the person threatened or any other person with respect to his or her physical or mental health or safety; and
- The person by words or conduct places the person receiving the threat in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out.
Cyber Harassment under Nevada Law
Allegations of harassing another person online have increased dramatically in the last few years. Online harassment can occur in any electronic form including an e-mail, text-message, or statement on social media such as Facebook or Twitter. Law enforcement officers throughout Clark County, including Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson, take allegations of cyberstalking and cyberharassing seriously.
Cyber Harassment is classified as a category C felony punishable by a potential sentence of one to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Harassment Causing Fear of Substantial Bodily Harm or Death
Felony charges can be brought for harassment when it is alleged that the harassment caused the alleged victim to reasonably fear substantial bodily harm or death. This form of harassing another person is classified as a category B felony punishable with a potential sentence of two to fifteen years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney for Harassment Charges in Las Vegas
If you were accused of harassing or cyberharassing another person then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Joel M. Mann. Find out what you might need to do right now to protect yourself from these serious criminal allegations make in Clark County or the surrounding areas in Nevada.