While it may seem obvious from television and media, the definition of a crime is not always as simple as you might think. There are levels to crimes, and the Nevada Revised Statutes offer detailed definitions of what constitutes a specific criminal activity:
NRS 193.120 Classification of crimes.
1. A crime is an act or omission forbidden by law and punishable upon conviction by death, imprisonment, fine or other penal discipline.
For Nevada legal purposes, a crime is an act or omission forbidden by law and punishable by a judge or jury upon conviction by death, imprisonment, fine, or some other form of discipline, such as being sent to jail or prison.
Depending upon the severity of the crime, Nevada deals with convicts at different levels:
Every single crime which can lead to a punishment by death or imprisonment in the state prison system will be considered a felony.
Every individual crime punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment in a Nevada county jail for not more than 6 months is considered a misdemeanor.
Any crime not covered by the levels of punishment above will be considered a gross misdemeanor.
If you are curious about getting more information about these levels, my page has detailed descriptions about them. You can also call my office and we can answer your questions. Please call me now at 702-383-0090!
Douglas C. Crawford, Esq.