As society increasingly leans toward believing the accuser in sex crime allegations, prosecutors feel more pressure to obtain guilty verdicts and courts impose harsh penalties. This is despite the fact that sex crimes are still the ultimate “he said, she said” situation. Now more than ever, it is imperative to obtain the services of an experienced Las Vegas sex crimes attorney if you are facing any type of sex-related criminal allegations in Nevada. For more than a decade, our dedicated Las Vegas defense law firm has provided aggressive and strategic representation for people accused of sexual assault and similar crimes. Now we are ready to take your side and stand up for you.
Schedule a free consultation with our seasoned legal team to discuss all your options for building a strong defense today. Our law firm is committed to prompt, responsive action, and we treat every client with the respect they deserve. Contact us now.
How We Fight Sex Crime Charges
The consequences of a conviction or even being arrested for a sex crime in Nevada can be devastating. Yet, wrongful arrests for sex crimes occur easily and often.
At Adras & Altig, we believe any charge alleging a sexual assault or another sex crime must be vigorously fought. To obtain a conviction, prosecutors must establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Our Las Vegas sex crimes lawyers make sure it is never an easy task to meet this burden.
We will thoroughly and tirelessly investigate the circumstances of the charges against you with the objective of refuting the prosecution’s allegations and evidence. Your defense may be based on any of the following:
- False accusations
- False witness testimony
- Faulty or fabricated evidence
- Faulty forensic testing methods and conclusions (particularly regarding DNA evidence and rape kits)
- Police and prosecutorial misconduct
- Bias, e.g., racial, socio-economic, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
We will work to find flaws and/or contradictions in the prosecution’s case. We will cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses as we seek witnesses who can testify in your favor.
Many sex crime cases hinge on the question of consent. The defendant may admit to the sexual activity alleged but seek to establish that the accuser consented to sexual contact. It is not unusual for an alleged victim to withdraw accusations as a case progresses and the consequences of the charges being levied start to become a reality.
As your defense progresses, there may be opportunities to have the charges against you reduced or possibly dropped. Our attorneys will also promptly advise you about any plea bargain deals proposed by the prosecution.
In the meantime, our criminal defense team will make sure you know what to expect from the legal process. We understand the stress and uncertainty of facing allegations of sexual impropriety. We will respond promptly to your questions and concerns.
Contact our Las Vegas sex crimes lawyers today to schedule a free consultation about your legal options. Our team is ready to get started working on your case immediately.
Sex Crimes Under Nevada Law
Sex crimes involve forced or nonconsensual sexual acts or physical intimacy. It is also a crime to engage in a sex act with a person who is unable to consent, such as a child, someone who is overly intoxicated, or a person with a mental or communication disability.
The Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers of Adras & Altig can defend you against charges of:
- Sexual Assault. The crime of rape — forcing another person into “sexual penetration” — can result in life in prison without parole, or 15 years to life. Nevada law provides for multiple sexual assault offenses, such as sexual assault against a child (including luring a child over the Internet), by a teacher against a pupil, a spouse against a spouse, etc., all of which are punishable by lengthy prison terms and fines. So-called “date rape” is the same as any other rape, except that the individuals involved are acquainted.
- Prostitution / Solicitation of Prostitution. Many people who come to Las Vegas mistakenly believe prostitution — the exchange of sexual favors for something of value, usually money — is legal throughout Nevada. In fact, it is only legal in licensed brothels in a few Nevada counties. Prostitution and solicitation of prostitution are illegal in Las Vegas and all of Clark County. For a first offense in Las Vegas, our law firm can often help defendants have charges dismissed or enter a diversion program. Solicitation and prostitution can carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail on a first offense, though a fine and diversion — attending a “health education class” — is a more typical sentence.
- Statutory Sexual Seduction – Statutory Rape. Nevada’s statutory sexual seduction law makes it illegal for a person who is 18 years old or older to have sex with a person under the age of 16, Nevada’s “age of consent.” This is a “strict liability crime,” which means a person is guilty regardless of knowledge of the victim’s age, or intent. A person age 18 to 20 may receive a year in jail and a fine up to $2,000 for statutory rape in Nevada. A person older than 21 may be sentenced to 1 to 10 years and fined up to $10,000.
- Child Molestation. Any touching of a child under the age of 16 by someone 18 or older for purposes of sexual gratification is illegal in Nevada. Being convicted for “lewdness with child under 16 years” does not require contact with genitals, breasts, buttocks, or other “private” parts. If the child is 14 or 15 years old, a conviction could bring a sentence of 1 to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000. If the child is younger than 14, the sentence could be life with possibility of parole after 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Capturing / Disseminating an Intimate Image. It is illegal to electronically disseminate (send) or sell an intimate image of another person without their permission if the intent is to harm, harass, or terrorize them. Dissemination of an intimate image, which is an image of nudity (defined as a fully exposed nipple of a female breast) or sexual conduct, could lead to a prison sentence of 1 to 4 years and a fine of up to $5,000. Obtaining the image without permission is a gross misdemeanor on a first offense and a Class E felony on a second offense, which may bring a sentence of 1 to 4 years (which is usually suspended) and a fine of up to $5,000.
In addition, Nevada has several laws regarding crimes “against public decency and good morals,” which may be punished as felonies, including:
- Indecent or obscene exposure
A conviction for any sex crime in Nevada can have immediate costs and long-standing consequences, particularly for a young person. But no matter what crime is alleged, every defendant has the right to a zealous legal defense and the presumption of innocence unless guilt can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Federal Sex Crimes
Our respected Las Vegas criminal defense law firm is also able to defend you against charges involving federal sex crimes. Federal crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement such as the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). They are prosecuted by United States attorneys in federal district courts in Las Vegas or Reno, Nevada.
Any crime committed on federal property may be prosecuted as a federal crime. A conviction on federal charges typically puts the defendant at risk for punishment that is more severe than Nevada state law provides.
Sex crimes specifically investigated and prosecuted by federal authorities include:
- Abusive Sexual Contact
- Aggravated Sexual Abuse
- Child Exploitation
- Child Pornography / Possession of Child Pornography
- Forcible Rape
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Abuse of a Minor
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Battery
- Sexual Conduct with a Minor
- Sexual Exploitation
- Sex Trafficking
To ensure that your rights are protected after being arrested for a sex crime, it is crucial to speak with an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Schedule a free consultation with our law firm today to begin preparation of a case for protecting your freedom.
Nevada Sex Offender Registry
If you are convicted of a sex crime in Nevada, in addition to facing prison time, you may be identified to the public as a “sex offender” on the state’s sex offender registry.
The Nevada Sex Offender Registry is a database that can be searched by name, address, city, state, or ZIP code. It can be accessed by anyone, and appearing on it can keep you from obtaining employment, housing, higher education, custody of your children, and more.
Not everyone convicted of a sex crime in Las Vegas or Clark County appears on the Nevada Sex Offender Registry. Convicted sex offenders are assessed by specially trained mental health professionals and rated on their risk of re-offending.
Each sex offender is assigned to one of four tiers:
- Tier Level 0 (No risk) — A sex offender convicted of a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor
- Tier Level 1 (Low risk) — A convicted sex offender who is assessed as posing a possible risk of recidivism and threat to public safety
- Tier Level 2 (Moderate risk) — A convicted sex offender who is assessed as posing a probable risk of recidivism and threat to public safety
- Tier Level 3 (High risk) — A convicted sex offender who is assessed as posing a substantial risk of recidivism and threat to public safety
Anyone convicted of a sex crime becomes registered with the state. However, the state will only post information about Tier Level 2 and Tier Level 3 adult sex offenders to the public portion of the registry. Offenders who were convicted as a juvenile will not be displayed on the website.
All registered sex offenders must complete an annual verification form that includes a current photograph and fingerprints. Sex offenders are also required to update any change of name, residence, employment, or student status to local law enforcement within 48 hours of the change.
Sex offenders are to comply with registration requirements for as long as they live in Nevada or work or attend school here. After 15 years, a sex offender who is not a Tier Level 2 or Tier Level 3 offender, and who has complied with requirements and not been convicted of another offense that poses a threat to the safety or well-being of others, may petition for removal from the registry.
Failure to register as ordered is a category D felony in Nevada, which is punishable by 1 to 4 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Call Our Las Vegas Sex Crimes Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime in Clark County, Nevada, do not wait to contact our seasoned Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys. Sex crimes carry severe penalties and cause lasting and damaging social stigma. Prosecutors have professional and social motivation to seek the stiffest sentences possible in charges involving sexual allegations of any kind.
Our Las Vegas sex crimes attorneys will defend you and protect your future. Contact Adras & Altig now for a free evaluation of your case and legal options. We can provide the vigorous defense you deserve.