Las Vegas Sexual Assault Lawyer
If you’re facing sexual assault charges in Las Vegas, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to discuss your case. Sexual assault, or rape, is one of the most serious criminal offenses in Nevada. If you are convicted of sexual assault, you could face a life sentence in prison. In addition, you will have to register as a sex offender.
Karen A. Connolly defends those accused of sexual assault in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas. To schedule a consultation to discuss your defense options call us now at (702) 678-6700 or complete this short form.
Sexual Assault Charges in Nevada?
Nevada / Las Vegas Sexual Assault Law
If you’ve been charged with sexual assault, statutory sexual seduction, rape, or open and gross lewdness, you should contact an attorney right away. An attorney can help you protect your rights and develop a defense to these serious charges. The material below is provided for informational purposes only.
Under Nevada law, sexual assault (or rape) is defined by Nevada Rev. Stat. § 200.366. The statute provides that the crime of sexual assault occurs when a person:
[S]ubjects another person to sexual penetration, or who forces another person to make a sexual penetration on himself or herself or another, or on a beast, against the will of the victim or under conditions in which the perpetrator knows or should know that the victim is mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of his or her conduct.
This means that it is illegal to have sex with someone against the person’s will. It is also illegal to have sex with someone when you know or should have known that the person lacked the capacity to consent to sex (such as if he or she was very intoxicated or unconscious).
If you are convicted of sexual assault, you could receive a substantial prison sentence. Because sexual assault is a felony, and you will be required to register as a sex offender for life if convicted, you will likely have trouble finding work and housing in the future.
Las Vegas Open or Gross Lewdness Law
Nevada also prohibits conduct that falls short of sexual assault (such as groping or inappropriate touching). The lesser crime of open or gross lewdness is defined in Nevada Rev. Stat. § 201.210. Open or gross lewdness is any act by a person that involves exposing his or her private parts and engaging in sexual activity either in public or in any context that would reasonably offend another person.
Open or gross lewdness may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. Like a conviction for sexual assault, a conviction for open or gross lewdness could have a significant impact on your ability to be employed in the future.