In this section, our attorneys explain Nevada’s criminal laws and legal concepts, A to Z
Criminal Defense » 5 crimes that will get you life in prison in Nevada
Willfully and maliciously administering any poison with the intention to cause the death of the person is a category A felony in Nevada, carrying:
Note that attempted murder by means other than poison is only a category B felony in Nevada, carrying 2 to 20 years in prison.
Causing substantial bodily or mental harm to a child under 14 through sexual abuse or exploitation is a category A felony in Nevada. The maximum sentence is life in prison with the possibility of parole:
If the defendant willfully caused the child abuse, parole eligibility begins after 15 years. If the defendant merely “allowed” the child to be abused, parole eligibility begins after 10 years.
Involuntary servitude of a child under 18 occurs when a person either:
Involuntary servitude of a minor is a category A felony carrying life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years as well as a minimum fine of $50,000.
It is a category A felony in Nevada to use a minor to produce pornography or to promote child pornography. A conviction carries life in prison with the possibility of parole. If the minor is less than 14, parole eligibility begins after 10 years. If the minor is 14 or older, parole eligibility begins after 5 years.
Additionally, a conviction of making or promoting child pornography carries a maximum fine of $100,000.
The Nevada definition of battery is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence on another person. Examples include pushing, kicking, or slapping. Committing battery with intent to commit sexual assault is a category A felony carrying life in prison. Whether or not there is parole eligibility depends on the circumstances of the case:
If the battery results in substantial bodily harm or involves strangulation, the penalty may be either:
If the battery does not result in substantial bodily harm, then the penalty depends on the age of the victim: If the victim is 16 or older, the penalty range is 2 years in prison to life in prison with the possibility of parole; if the victim is under 16, the penalty range is 5 years in prison to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
In addition, the court may impose a $10,000 fine.
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