Nevada law takes a firm stance on maintaining public decency and privacy. Under NRS 201.190, engaging in oral or anal sex in public is not only considered inappropriate, but it is also a criminal act. Specifically, the statute mandates that any adult caught in these acts can face severe legal consequences. Today, we’re diving deep into NRS 201.190, addressing the commission of certain sexual acts in public spaces.

NRS 201.190 | Can You Legally Face Felony Charges for Public Sexual Acts in Nevada?

Are Public Sexual Acts Deemed Felonious in Nevada?

In Nevada, the law outlined in NRS 201.190 strictly prohibits individuals aged 18 and above from engaging in specific sexual behaviors in public spaces. These acts include anal intercourse, cunnilingus, and fellatio. Historically recognized under more provocative terms such as “sodomy” or “the infamous crime against nature,” this statute has evolved over the years. To gain further insights into the progression of sodomy laws in Nevada, it’s beneficial to explore the state’s legislative history on this topic.

It’s critical to note that allegations of oral or anal sex that occur without consent could lead to charges of rape under NRS 200.366. Furthermore, if the individual involved is younger than 16, charges could expand to include statutory sexual seduction (NRS 200.368) or lewdness with a child (NRS 201.230), signifying the range and gravity of potential legal repercussions for such actions in Nevada.

What Legal Consequences Follow a Violation of NRS 201.190 in Nevada?

Committing prohibited sexual activities in public under Nevada NRS 201.190 is classified as a category D felony. The repercussions for this offense are substantial, encompassing:

  • A potential prison sentence ranging from one to four years,
  • Monetary fines that may reach up to $5,000, depending on the judge’s ruling, and
  • Mandated registration as a Tier I sex offender in the state of Nevada.

Individuals who are labeled as Tier I sex offenders must comply with annual registration procedures for a duration of fifteen years. It is important to note that while Tier I offenders are recorded in the sex offender registry, they are not visible to the public via the online database except under certain conditions, such as if the offender’s victim was a minor.

Prosecutors might be open to negotiating plea deals that reduce the charge to a minor offense, particularly for those with no prior criminal record. This could potentially eliminate the need for sex offender registration, which can be a significant factor in such legal negotiations.

Can Public Sexual Act Charges Impact Your Immigration Status in Nevada?
Yes, being found in violation of NRS 201.190 could be viewed by an immigration judge as a crime involving moral turpitude in Nevada. This would have significant implications for non-citizens. It’s crucial for anyone facing such charges to consult with a legal expert promptly. There’s a possibility that an attorney might be able to negotiate the charges to a less severe, non-deportable offense, or even achieve a dismissal.

What Are the Strongest Defenses Against Public Sexual Act Charges in Nevada?

Defending against accusations of engaging in prohibited sexual acts in public as per NRS 201.190 in Nevada relies heavily on the distinctive factual circumstances of each case. There are several viable strategies for refuting such charges:

1. Wrongful Accusation
A common defense is that you’ve been wrongfully accused, potentially as a consequence of spite or a mistaken identity by the accusing party. Clearing your name may hinge on evidence that can pinpoint your absence from or alibi for the location of the alleged act. Types of evidence that can substantiate such a defense include:

  • Video recordings from surveillance systems.
  • Testimonies from eyewitnesses.
  • Verifiable alibis who can confirm your whereabouts during the time in question.

2. Underage Defense
The law specifically targets individuals aged 18 and over. Therefore, presenting proof of being under the legal adult age—such as a driver’s license, birth certificate, or any other government-issued ID—could render the charge inapplicable to you. Minors engaged in such conduct may still encounter repercussions but would typically undergo juvenile court procedures.

3. Acts Do Not Meet Criteria
Another line of defense rests on clarifying that no act of anal intercourse, cunnilingus, or fellatio was actually performed, given that these are the specific acts outlawed by NRS 201.190. Evidence like videos or eyewitness statements could support this assertion. However, involvement in other types of public sexual conduct might result in charges for open or gross lewdness (NRS 201.210), which, though still serious, carry less severe penalties for first-time offenses.

4. Privacy of the Acts
If one can provide evidence that the alleged sexual activity occurred in a private setting, not a public one, the chances of having the charges dismissed increase significantly. The absence of incriminating video or eyewitness accounts can work in favor of the defense, making the prosecution’s job to prove beyond a reasonable doubt more difficult.

In every instance, the consent of the involved parties or lack of public witnesses is not a legally acceptable defense against these charges, which underscores the importance of constructing a defense based on solid evidence and factual clarification.

When Can You Seal a Record of Public Sexual Act Charges in Nevada?

For a conviction under NRS 201.190, you’re eligible to seek a record seal five years after the case concludes. However, if your case is dismissed, you may petition for an immediate sealing of the record.

Facing charges under NRS 201.190 can be daunting, and the potential consequences life-altering. At ATAC LAW, we specialize in navigating the complexities of sex crime laws in Nevada and offer skilled representation to ensure your side of the story is heard. Our team is committed to providing empathetic legal support and vigorous defense strategies tailored to your situation.

For more guidance or to discuss your case confidentially, don’t hesitate to contact us. Understanding your rights and the potential legal pathways is the first step towards navigating these challenging circumstances efficiently and discreetly.

For further legal assistance and to discuss your case with an expert, don’t hesitate to contact ATAC LAW.