Thursday, October 24, 2013

What is Harassment?

The term harassment is commonly used, but many people don’t understand what this offense actually involves. Under NRS 200.571, in the state of Nevada a person is guilty of harassment if they knowingly threaten to:

  • Cause injury to a victim in the future
  • Physically damage a victim’s property
  • Restrain or physically confine a victim 
  • Do anything which will substantially harm a victim’s physical or mental health or their safety

Harassment is also committed when a person uses words or actions to put a victim in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out against them.

Penalties for Harassment in Nevada


Harassment is charged as a misdemeanor unless the offense involved other crimes, such as stalking, or aggravating circumstances. Sentencing for a simple harassment charge will depend upon whether the defendant was previously convicted of this offense.

  • First Offense: A misdemeanor, punishable by fines up to $1,000 and/or incarceration in county jail for a maximum of 6 months.
  • Second or Subsequent Offense: A gross misdemeanor, punishable by fines up to $2,000 and/or incarceration in county jail for a maximum of 1 year.

Additionally, the judge will likely issue a restraining order against the defendant to protect the alleged victim. If the defendant violates the protective order they will be guilty of a gross misdemeanor and will face fines and jail time.

As with any criminal charge, a defendant accused of harassment is not without defense options, and should speak with an experienced lawyer about their case.

If you need legal help in the Las Vegas area, don’t hesitate to call our team at De Castroverde Law Group. Contact us for assistance or read about our firm on our website.