A lesser known crime,
coercion makes it illegal to use force or the threat of force to make a person
do something or prevent that person from doing anything that they have
a legal right to do.
Possible Penalties For Coercion
NRS 207.190 defines
the use of violence or infliction of injury upon
- another person or
- any of the other person’s family or
- their property, OR
- a threat of such violence or injury OR
- deprive the person of any tool, implement or clothing, or hinder the person
in the use thereof OR
- an attempt to intimidate the person by threats or force
- with the intent to compel another to do or not do an act that they have
the right to do.
In other words, Coercion is illegally threatening another person with physical
force, or using physical force, to make them do or not do something against
There are two varieties of Coercion that a person can be charged with in
Nevada. Frequently, Coercion charges are filed in conjunction with Battery
Domestic Violence charges. Depending on the level of force involved, Coercion
can be charged as either a simple misdemeanor or a felony.
NRS 207.190 also defines the penalties for Coercion.
Coercion is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in county jail
and a fine of up to $1,000, If the coercion involves physical force or
the immediate threat of physical force it is a felony punishable by 1-6
years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Although the legal definition of coercion is relatively clear, it can become
vague when applied to any individual case where coercion charges are brought
against an individual. It takes a criminal defense lawyer that has dealt
with numerous coercion cases to provide a defense that will ultimately
reduce those charges or get them dismissed.
It Takes A Skilled Attorney To Discover The Truth Behind Coercion Charges
At Oronoz, Ericsson & Gaffney LLC, we understand how best to examine
the facts of the case and develop a strong defense against coercion charges
that reveal the potential misapplication of the law in the case at hand.
We will slowly and methodically walk our clients through the circumstances
and events leading up to and including the alleged event and perform a
thorough investigation of available documentation and records. This may
reveal inconsistencies in the events as presented by the prosecution.
Whether you are a resident of the Las Vegas or southern Nevada region or
one of the many visitors to the area, our skilled attorneys are standing
by to discuss your coercion charges and begin the process of protecting
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