checkbook-688352_640Everyone occasionally miscalculates the balance in their bank account. This can mean bouncing a check or two. However, the only consequences are typically returned check fees. Nonetheless, the story may be different for people who are accused of passing bad checks under NRS 205.130.

In these cases, the prosecution must show that the defendant willfully wrote a check that they knew they did not have sufficient funds to cover. The check may be written to obtain cash, products, services, the use of property or a casino marker.

Regardless, the consequences can be very serious for the person accused of passing bad checks in Las Vegas. A seasoned Nevada criminal defense attorney like the lawyers at the Potter Law Offices can propose several defense strategies. They may argue that you had sufficient funds in your account at the time you wrote the check or that you paid the money owed within five days.

Alternatively, your defense lawyer may argue that an illness or other emergency prevented you from dealing with the bounced check in a timely manner. Contact the Las Vegas bad check attorneys at the Potter Law Offices to learn more. If convicted, you may have to make restitution to the victim, spend up to one year in jail and pay substantial fines.

Criminal handcuffed medical person with bloody injector in handDrugs Turn Deadly

After a night of partying, Lauren, 23, and her friend Tyler, 25, went back to his father’s house to use more drugs. Lauren allegedly injected Tyler with what they had, and then fell asleep. When she woke up, she said his lips were blue and foam was coming out of his mouth.

She is charged involuntary manslaughter (NRS 200.070), which is defined as “the killing of a human with no intention to do so by committing a lawful or unlawful act.” Tyler’s father reported that Lauren prepared the drug and filled the syringe, and Tyler injected it into his arm.

As of this report, she has not been charged with the possession of the drug (NRS 453) or the paraphernalia (NRS 453.560). Lauren has changed her story several times since she was arrested, saying that she told Tyler not to take the drug, but he would not listen.

Tyler's friends told police that he smoked Marijuana and snorted coke occasionally, but he would never inject himself. They said he had plans for his life, to finish college and more. Lauren has been arrested five times previously in Clark County for a number of drug (NRS 453) and battery charges (NRS 200.481). She is presently being held in jail on a $30,000 bond.

The penalties for NRS 200.070 are one to four years in Nevada State Prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

Gang members in a dark alleyCarjacking Gone Wrong

On Wednesday around 10 pm, a woman was sitting in her boyfriend's driveway inside her Chevrolet Malibu. As soon as her boyfriend went inside for a moment, two 19-year-old boys knocked on the window and said, "where's your old man at?" The woman called her boyfriend inside and told him that two men were looking for him. When he came outside, they both pointed guns at him.

With that, they snatched the keys, threw the woman out of the car and took off. But, as she was being pulled out of the car, her cell phone fell out of her purse and into the back seat completely unaware to the boys.

When Metro Police discovered that they simply used a "Find my Phone App" to track the phone, and they found the car was headed north. With the help of a Sheriff's helicopter, they followed the vehicle while officers on the ground pulled the stolen Malibu over. After that short search, the two carjackers were arrested and are in jail.

Nevada does not have a specific charge for carjacking, so police use a cluster of charges for this felony. The teens are facing charges of armed carjacking, robbery (NRS 200.380), aggravated assault (NRS 200.471, NRS 200.481) and use of a firearm during a felony (NRS 193.165) according to Metro police.

police-linesLewdness with a Minor under 14 is a Serious Offense in Las Vegas

Child sexual abuse and child molestation are both defined as Lewdness with a Minor under 14 (NRS 201.230), and are Class A Felonies. Nevada law defines this law as "committing a lewd or lascivious act upon the body or any part of the body of a child under the age of 14 with the direct purpose of sexual gratification."

When there is no penetration, the defendant can be arrested for lewdness by itself, and the charge is automatically considered rape when the defendant has sex with a child fifteen or younger even if the child consents.

If the defendant is convicted of Lewdness with a minor under 14, it is mandated for the defendant to register with the Nevada Sex Offender Registry, and typically that is for life. It is important to know that a person may be convicted even if they were not touching a sexual organ because it is an invasion. NRS 201.230 specifically includes anal sex, “fingering”, sexual intercourse, oral sex and penetration with an object.

Penalties

Nevada is serious about the sexual abuse of their children. For the first offense, the penalties are:

• Life in the Nevada State Prison with the possibility of parole in 10 years. But if the defendant has prior convictions of comparable sex offenses, no parole is available.
• Registry in the Nevada Sex Offender Registry for life.
• Fines up to $10.000

spiking a drink with a drug (Ruffee, Rohypnol)Date Rape or Sexual Assault Pays a High Price in Las Vegas

Date Rape (NRS 200.366) refers to non-consensual sex between two people who knew each other socially. The law states that sexual penetration is against the law if it's not consensual. If the victim is saying “No” or physically resisting the perpetrator, this is the sign to stop. A typical example of this is when two people are on a date, and are "making out." The female does not want to go any further, but the male insists or he has given her a drug, such as Rohypnol, to knock her unconscious and then assaults her.

Sexual assault or rape can also be referred to as sexual battery but is also NRS 200.366. It is the same charge except that the sexual assault is between strangers. This crime is deplorable, and Las Vegas wants to spread the message that it will not be accepted in this city, so the penalties can be harsh.

It takes an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer to take your case to trial. The professional and personal areas of your life will be severely affected and a conviction will give you a criminal record, loss of employment, your savings and maybe the relationships in your life. Potter Law Firm has been handling these cases for 30 years, so if you need an aggressive lawyer for any of these charges, please call the office and talk with an experienced lawyer in our team.

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