One of the most awful things that can happen to someone is to be a victim of a sexual assault. The Nevada Revised Statutes clearly define this crime:
NRS 200.366 Sexual assault: Definition; penalties; exclusions.
1. A person is guilty of sexual assault if he or she:
Subjects another person to sexual penetration, or forces another person to make a sexual penetration (which has multiple definitions) on himself or herself or another, or on a beast, against the will of the victim or under conditions in which the perpetrator knows or should know that the victim is mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understand the nature of his or her conduct.
There are many levels and categories of this crime. Sexual assault can involve school pupils from preschool to high school, can occur between certain employees of a college or university and a student, or via sex trafficking. Another category is statutory sexual seduction, which is any form of intercourse or penetration committed by a person of 18 years or older with a person who is 14 or 15 years of age and/or at least 4 years younger than the perpetrator.
Sexual crimes are extremely serious. A person convicted of sexual assault is considered guilty of a category A felony and will be punished depending upon the severity of the crime. If substantial bodily harm occurred to the victim, a life sentence without possibility of parole or life with potential parole after 15 years served could result. If the victim was not given substantial bodily harm, sexual assault still carries a minimum 10-year penalty before parole can be considered.
Sex crimes against children are taken the most seriously, as should be expected. A person who commits sexual assault against a child under the age of 16 and causes substantial bodily harm is guilty of a category A felony and will receive a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Even without bodily harm, assault on a child still carries a minimum 25-year sentence before parole can be considered. If the person committing the crime has committed sexual assault previously in Nevada or another jurisdiction, that person will be imprisoned for life without the possibility of parole.
If you are less than 18 years old and have been charged with sexual assault the circumstances may be different for you. You should seek out counsel to make sure you get the best legal advice.
In the digital age, you never know who is on the other side of your conversation, and luring children in via a computer, system or network is a very serious crime, as well.
As grave as sexual crimes are, if you or anyone you know finds themselves in this awful situation, whether as perpetrator or victim, you need the best legal advice you can get to make sure your rights are fully protected. I am an expert in this type of law and can give you the representation you need.