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What is "obstruction of a public officer" in Nevada?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Feb 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Under NRS 197.190, a person can be arrested for "obstructing a public officer" in Nevada by either:

  1. refusing or neglecting to give information to a public officer when you are legally mandated to and have been given notice to; or
  2. deliberately making a false, misleading or exaggerated statement to a public officer; or
  3. deliberately hindering a public officer from carrying out their official duties

Note that a "public officer" constitutes any Nevada state or local government employee. Just some of the professions this includes are police officers, senators, councilmen, and judges. An example of obstructing a public officer is taunting a cop while he/she is trying to arrest someone else.

Typical defenses to violating NRS 197.190 are that the defendant acted legally, or that the state cannot produce sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It is a misdemeanor to obstruct a public officer in Nevada. The penalties include up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines. Read more information on the Nevada crime of obstructing a public officer.

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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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