Is "libel" a crime in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments


Under Nevada defamation laws, it is illegal per NRS 200.510 to intentionally publish lies about someone else which casts that person in a negative light. It does not matter whether the libel occurs through print or digital media. Though merely speaking lies is not criminal libel (however the speaker may be sued for slander in civil court).

Criminal libel is a gross misdemeanor in Nevada carrying up to 364 days in jail and/or up to $2,000 in fines. Libel is a less serious crime than the Nevada crime of extortion (“blackmail”), which includes situations where someone threatens to libel someone else unless they receive monetary gain.

Common defenses to Nevada charges of criminal libel are that the information published was truthful, that the information was not negative, or that the defendant had no knowledge of the libel. Read more about the Nevada crime of libel.

Refer to our related article, "The difference between extortion and bribery in Nevada."

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.


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