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If you are arrested and charged with coercion in Las Vegas, you are facing significant penalties, and you should therefore consider hiring a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney.   Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer Paul J. Adras, Esq., and criminal defense attorney Las Vegas Steven M. Altig, Esq. have thorough knowledge and experience in coercion cases, and can represent you immediately if you have been charged with coercion.  In Las Vegas, if you are convicted of coercion, then you are facing severe penalties.  The information below is designed to provide you with a summary of the implications of a conviction for coercion in Las Vegas.

1.    What constitutes coercion in Las Vegas and in Nevada?

In Las Vegas, and Nevada, there is a single statute that criminalizes coercion.  Coercion is made illegal and defined by Nevada Revised Statute 207.190.

Specifically, coercion (NRS 207.190) occurs when a person with the intent to compel another to do or abstain from doing an act which the other person has a right to do or abstain from doing:

    a)     Uses violence or inflicts injury upon the other person or any of the other person's
family, or upon the other person's property, or threatens such violence or injury;
    b)    Deprives the person of any tool, implement or clothing, or hinders the person in
the use thereof; or
    c)    Attempts to intimidate the person by threats or force.
As can be seen, coercion involves some pretty significant conduct and as a result can carry a pretty significant punishment.

2.    What are the penalties if I am convicted of coercion?

In Nevada, there are two separate punishments for coercion.  Coercion can be treated either as a felony or a misdemeanor.

Felony coercion occurs when a person uses physical force or the immediate threat of physical force while committing the crime of coercion.  Felony coercion is a category B felony.  Felony coercion is punishable by not less than one (1) year and by not more than six (6) years in the Nevada Department of Prisons.  Also, a fine of not more than $5,000.00 may be imposed. (NRS 207.190)

Misdemeanor coercion occurs when a person does not use physical force or the immediate threat of physical force while committing the crime of coercion.  After a conviction a court can impose the following punishments (see NRS 193.150):

    a)    Up to 6 months in Jail;
    b)    Up to a $1,000.00 fine;
    c)    By both fine and jail;

Additionally, in lieu of all or part of the above punishments a court can impose a period of community service of not more than 200 hours.

3.    Are there any other significant legal issues involving coercion?

Yes, there are some other very significant legal issue involving coercion.  If coercion is considered "sexually motivated" then a conviction for coercion could cause the convicted person to have to register in the State of Nevada as a sex offender.  Coercion is considered "sexually motivated" if one of the purposes for which the person committed the offense was his or her sexual gratification.  (NRS 207.193)

In order for a person to be convicted of "sexually motivated" coercion there must be a separate hearing after a conviction to determine if the coercion was in fact "sexually motivated."  A hearing to determine if coercion was "sexually motivated" can be held only if the prosecutor serves on the defendant, not less than 72 hours before the start of the trial, written notice of the prosecutor's intent to request such a hearing.

If you need a criminal defense lawyer Las Vegas then call us today.  Paul J. Adras, Esq. is an experienced and aggressive Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer.  Steven M. Altig, Esq. is also an experienced and aggressive Las Vegas criminal defense attorney.  Adras & Altig are Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers, North Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers, Henderson criminal defense lawyers, Boulder City criminal defense lawyers, Moapa Valley criminal defense lawyers, Goodsprings criminal defense lawyers, Searchlight criminal defense lawyers, Laughlin criminal defense lawyers, Pahrump criminal defense lawyers, Tonopah criminal defense lawyers, and criminal defense lawyers in many other cities in Southern and Northern Nevada.  If you've been charged with any crime then you need to get experienced and aggressive legal representation.  You need to hire Adras & Altig, Attorneys at Law.

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