In recent years, violent crimes have dropped in Las Vegas, yet sexual assaults have increased. According to one Las Vegas officer, “Sexual assault on the Strip corridor can be influenced by club drugs, excessive alcohol abuse and then you take the northeast area part of town, it’s often interfamily sexual assault, family member on family member.” In accordance with Nevada Revised Statute Section 200.366, sexual assault has been defined as, “When a person subjects 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/her conduct.”
According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, between 2005 and 2010, 78% of sexual violence involved an offender who was a family member, intimate partner, friend, or acquaintance. While many sexual assaults are legitimate in our city, it is also easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and to be accused of committing something you didn’t or be accused of assaulting someone when your sexual activity was consensual. Many individuals can be accused of this crime by a partner or a former partner because of anger, jealousy, revenge or in an attempt to receive custody of their children.
Nevada does not take these allegations lightly. After murder, sexual assault is considered to be the most serious crime in Nevada. If you are convicted of this crime you could face a lifelong prison term and you will be registered for life as a sex offender. Sex crimes can wreak long-term havoc on your life, as it can be difficult to secure a job and if the allegation involves your child, he/she could be taken out of your care. Penalties depend upon the age of the victim, whether the assault resulted in the victim sustaining substantial bodily harm and whether the perpetrator has criminal history. Make sure you contact Las Vegas criminal defense attorney,Gregory D. Knapp, ESQ., if you have been charged with sexual assault. I can help defend you against a tough prosecution.
WHAT PENALTIES ARE YOU FACING?
If the individual you are accused of assaulting was sixteen or older and sustained substantial harm, a judge can order a sentence of life in prison without parole or life in prison with parole a possibility after fifteen years. If no substantial harm resulted, then the sentence you will most likely face is life in prison with the possibility of parole after ten years. If the victim was fourteen or fifteen and the assault caused substantial harm to the victim, then you will face a sentence of life in prison without parole. If no substantial harm occurred, then you will face life in prison with parole a possibility after 25 years.
If the victim was 13 years of age or younger and substantial harm resulted, then you will face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. If no harm resulted, you could be put on parole after 35 years. If you are a repeat offender and are convicted of assaulting a child under 16, a judge will sentence you to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
WHAT DEFENSES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?
Thankfully, there are many defenses available to you and with my background as a former district attorney; I can help you increase your chances of achieving a charge dismissal or reduction. I understand the other side and what arguments the prosecution will likely bring to the table. Let me put my 16 years of legal experience to work for you today and craft the best possible defense for you. Defenses that could apply to your case include:
- False accusation
- Lack of proof
- Consent (the sexual activity was consensual)
GET THE LEGAL REPRESENTATION YOU DESERVE ON YOUR SIDE TODAY!
If I cannot get your charges dismissed, I may be able to argue it down to a lesser offense. I will do everything possible to get the prosecution to reduce the sexual assault charge to a battery charge. My firm understands that police can arrest someone based only on the testimony of an alleged victim, that the prosecution can proceed to trial without any substantiated evidence, and that false allegations are all too common as these crimes take place in private settings and become a “he says, she says” battle.
Because these cases can be extremely difficult to defend, it is imperative that you contact me today at (702) 930-5881 to secure the qualified representation you deserve! Don’t allow your reputation to remain tarnished or your future to hang in jeopardy any longer.