There are various different crimes that can be committed in the City of Las Vegas that will be considered sex crimes, and these can range from indecent exposure to rape or sexual assault. Las Vegas sex crimes carry some of the steepest penalties of any crimes, and being convicted of a sex crime within the city often means needing to register with the Las Vegas sex offender registry as well as any other penalties that may be given as punishment for the crime committed.
Child pornography is one type of sex crime in Las Vegas that comes along with notably harsh punishments. Child pornography is defined as a visual display of sexual conduct involving a minor, and this display can come in the form of photographs, video, or other types of visual images. The production, the possession, and the distribution of child pornography is illegal in the State of Nevada, as well as anywhere else in the United States, and a person may expect to face harsh penalties if they are charged with child pornography related offenses. Most significantly, whether the State of Nevada or the Federal Government choose to prosecute any specific child pornography case can make huge differences in the penalties which will be faced.
Indecent exposure is defined in Nevada as making any open indecent or obscene exposure of his or her body parts, and the exposure of one’s genitalia, buttocks, or breasts can constitute indecent exposure. Indecent exposure must be done intentionally to be considered a crime, and wardrobe malfunctions or accidents that unintentionally show a person’s body may not cause criminal charges to be filed.
A first indecent exposure charge will be considered a gross misdemeanor, which is more serious than a standard misdemeanor but not as harsh as a felony. This will come along with punishments such as up to 1 year spent in jail as well as a fine of up to $2,000. Those convicted of indecent exposure will also have to register as a sex offender with the Nevada registry. Subsequent indecent exposure convictions after a first will be considered felonies, and this will also mean harsher penalties. Those facing subsequent convictions can expect punishments of 1 to 4 years spent in a Nevada state prison as well as fines that may go as high as $5,000 and sex offender registration.
Despite popular belief, prostitution is not legal in the City of Las Vegas or Clark County, Nevada. In addition, prostitution as well as soliciting a prostitute can carry significant legal penalties for those convicted. Prostitution or soliciting a prostitute in the city of Las Vegas will typically come with misdemeanor charges and appropriate punishments; however punishments and charges will be more serious if the prostitute is found to be under the age of 18.
For adults charged with prostitution or soliciting a prostitute, they may expect a 6 month jail sentence as well as a fine around $1,000; however, if a person is facing a first time offense, probation is often given rather than time spent in jail. For subsequent convictions the benefit of probation is often not given and a person will then be forced to serve their time incarcerated.
If a person is found to have solicited a prostitute that was a minor, or under the age of 18, they will then face category E felony charges rather than the misdemeanor charges typically given for this crime with another adult. These felony charges will come with harsher penalties as well including a 4 year prison sentence in a Nevada state prison as well as around $5,000 in fines.
Las Vegas also has very severe legal consequences for those facing pimping and pandering charges.
Importance of an Attorney in Las Vegas Sex Crimes Cases
Sex crimes are taken very seriously in Las Vegas, Nevada and it is always important that those facing charges seek the assistance of a skilled attorney. Gabriel L. Grasso has over 20 years of experience defending against sex crimes. Both in State and Federal courts, few Las Vegas lawyers have a better track record successfully handling and defending sex offense cases in the state of Nevada. Call (702) 868-8866 to speak to a criminal defense lawyer today.