Leaving a Child Unattended in a Car

Nevada is notorious for its hot summers. Pair triple digit temperatures with busy parents, and it’s no surprise that a number of children are left unattended in cars each year. Usually this is unintentional, and no lasting harm comes to the child. Nonetheless, the parent may be charged under NRS 202.575 for leaving a child unattended in a car.

It’s happened to many parents at some point. While trying to juggle responsibilities, something important sometimes gets overlooked. More than one parent has accidentally locked a child in the car with their keys. A call to a locksmith or the police is usually enough to remedy the situation. Still, some parents may face criminal charges under NRS 202.575.

Whether you accidentally left your child unattended or left the car for just a moment with the intention of hurrying back, you can still be charged. Fortunately, the criminal defense firm at the Potter Law Offices can help you craft a defense that could get the charges against you reduced or dismissed.

A Nevada criminal defense attorney might argue that conditions were actually safe when the child was left unattended. As long as the keys aren’t in the ignition and the weather isn’t too severe, it’s perfectly legal to leave a child in your car.

Other defenses to NRS 202.575 may also apply. Contact the Potter Law Offices to have your case evaluated.

In some organizations hazing is a tradition. When new members join a fraternity or team, they almost expect it. The trouble is that sometimes these traditions go too far. That’s why Nevada state law includes section NRS 200.605, which provides penalties for hazing.

According to NRS 200.605, hazing occurs when the physical health of an individual is intentionally or recklessly endangered by another. Hazing can include forcing someone to exercise, compelling them to drink alcohol or take drugs, depriving them of sleep or beating them.

Some organizations consider such rituals to be “all in good fun.” That is usually the intent, and the criminal defense team at Potter Law Offices doesn’t believe that youthful high spirits should leave a black mark on a person’s record. Any person who participated in a hazing ritual and has been charged under NRS 200.605 deserves a vigorous legal defense.

Las Vegas criminal attorneys have a number of defenses that can be made against charges under NRS 200.605. For instance, the plaintiff may not be able to provide sufficient evidence that hazing actually occurred. A defense attorney may also be able to argue that the behavior did not rise to the level of hazing or that the allegations are simply false.

Considering the rather substantial penalties that can go with a conviction under NRS 200.605, it only makes sense to contact the Potter Law Offices.

Negligence and Involuntary Manslaughter

Being charged with involuntary manslaughter under NRS 200.070 is frightening. Usually, someone who is charged with involuntary manslaughter had no intention to hurt anyone. Yet now they face several years in prison.All states have laws similar to NRS 200.070 that prohibit killing a person without an intent to do so. If the person was killed while another person was committing a crime, then they may be charged with involuntary manslaughter. However, even a person who is acting within the law can face similar charges if they acted negligently.

What kind of scenarios might lead to involuntary manslaughter charges? Most crimes under NRS 200.070 are the results of accidents. One example is playing with a gun that accidentally goes off, killing someone nearby. Another example is a child who ingests poison after the accused left it out where the child could get it.

Without a doubt, these are tragic events. A moment’s inattention may cause you to lose several years of your life. Even worse, you’re left to deal with guilt and pain, feelings you may experience for the rest of your life.

As tragic as these circumstances are, you’re still entitled to be defended in court. The criminal defense team at Potter Law Offices has years of experience dealing with charges under NRS 200.070. Hire a competent Las Vegas defense lawyer to ensure that you’re treated fairly in court.

Being Charged as an Accessory After the Fact

Many actions may be considered illegal by Nevada law enforcement. Even if you don’t participate in a robbery or other crime, you may still find yourself facing charges under NRS 195.030, the law for being an accessory after the fact.

It may seem like you’re just helping someone, but if your actions render aid to a fugitive you may be facing criminal charges. While you may not be the principal party to a crime, you may still be responsible for offering the principal help. Perhaps you offer them a place to lie low or help get rid of evidence. You may lie to police or assist the fugitive to escape.

All of these actions may lead to charges under NRS 195.030. However, it’s important to note that you cannot be charged with a crime under this section if the person you helped was your spouse, a sibling, child, parent or grandparent.

Being an accessory is not the same thing as aiding and abetting. That’s because aiding and abetting happens just before or during the commission of a crime while being an accessory happens after a crime is already over.

This area of Nevada criminal law is complex. If you are facing charges under NRS 195.030, contact the Potter Law Offices. This Las Vegas criminal defense firm has many years of experience at helping defendants get the aggressive representation they need.

What Is Aiding and Abetting?

Aiding and abetting is a phrase that’s often heard on television cop shows, but what does it really mean?

The laws for aiding and abetting are categorized under NRS 195.020, and the penalties for breaking this law are harsh. That’s because Nevada law doesn’t distinguish between the party who commits the crime and the party that helps them. Someone who offers any assistance to a person who commits a crime is liable for the same penalties. In fact, a person who merely encourages someone else to commit a crime may be charged under NRS 195.020. Other ways that people may aid and abet are by providing a false alibi, providing information used to enable a crime or acting as a lookout while a crime is in progress.

However, it’s important to note that just knowing about a crime is not aiding and abetting, nor is being in the vicinity where a crime occurs. A person also cannot be convicted under NRS 195.020 if they unknowingly participate in a crime.

Regardless of the circumstances that may have led to charges under NRS 195.020, you deserve competent legal defense. The Potter Law Offices have a great deal of experience in all areas of criminal defense. If you have been accused under NRS 195.020 or any other portion of Nevada law, contact the Las Vegas criminal defense practitioners at the Potter Law Offices.

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