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Sexual Assault

The crime of sexual assault (commonly referred to as sexual battery or rape in many jurisdictions) is among the most serious offenses in the state of Nevada. A conviction for sexual assault carries the possibility of life in prison, and offenders who are able to receive parole must register as sex offenders for life and forever face extreme hardship obtaining employment and housing.

Consent is typically a major issue in sexual assault cases, with many alleged rapes becoming “he said, she said” situations. Alleged offenders in these cases face a monumental struggle to clear their names from the moment they are accused, often feeling as though they are presumed guilty needing to prove their innocence.

Lawyer for Sexual Assault Arrests in Las Vegas, Nevada

If you believe that you are being investigated or you have already been arrested for rape in Nevada, it is critical for you to have legal representation. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger can fight to protect your rights and work to get the criminal charges reduced or dismissed.

Jeffrey Jaeger is a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas who aggressively defends clients in Henderson, North Las Vegas, and many surrounding communities throughout Clark County. Call (702) 816-3888 right now to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation so that he can review your case and discuss all of your legal options.


Clark County Sexual Assault Information Center


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Sexual Assault Charges in Nevada

Nevada Revised Statute 200.366 defines sexual assault as subjecting another person to sexual penetration against the will of the victim or under conditions in which the offender knows or should know that the victim is mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of his or her conduct. This crime is classified as a category A felony, the most serious grade of felony in Nevada.

Under Nevada Revised Statute 171.085, the statute of limitations is 20 years for a victim to file a complaint from the date of the commission of the sexual assault. The statute of limitations was four years, but the limitations were extended when Governor Brian Sandoval signed Assembly Bill 212 in May 2015.

Once a victim files a written report with a law enforcement concerning the sexual assault, Nevada Revised Statute 171.083 establishes that the period of limitation is removed and there is no limitation of the time within which a prosecution for the sexual assault or sex trafficking must be commenced. Additional exceptions also apply in cases in which the victims of sexual assault were juveniles or the offenses were committed in a secret manner unbeknownst to the victims.


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Las Vegas Penalties for Rape Arrests

As a category A felony, a conviction for sexual assault can result in a sentence of life in prison. The age of the victim and other factors can factor into what point an offender becomes eligible for parole:

  • If a victim is 16 years of age or older and the offense did not result in substantial bodily harm, a minimum of 10 years needs to be served before eligibility for parole begins;
  • If a victim is 16 years of age or older and the offense resulted in substantial bodily harm, a minimum of 15 years needs to be served before eligibility for parole begins or there may be no possibility of parole;
  • If a victim is 14 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age and the offense did not result in substantial bodily harm, a minimum of 25 years needs to be served before eligibility for parole begins;
  • If a victim is less than 14 years of age and the offense did not result in substantial bodily harm, a minimum of 35 years needs to be served before eligibility for parole begins;
  • If a victim is less than 16 years of age and the offense resulted in substantial bodily in substantial bodily harm, there is no possibility of parole; or
  • If a victim is less than 16 years of age and the offender has been previously convicted of sexual assault, any other sexual offense against a child, or an offense committed in another jurisdiction that, if committed in this State, would constitute sexual assault or any other sexual offense against a child, there is no possibility of parole.

It is an unfortunate truth that many alleged offenders in these cases can face criminal charges because of false allegations. While prosecutors are allowed to proceed with these cases despite a lack of evidence, an experienced attorney will know how to investigate the discrepancies in manufactured accusations or use defenses such as a lack of proof or even the consent of the alleged victim to defend against these charges.


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Nevada Resources for Sexual Assault

The Rape Crisis Center Las Vegas — The Rape Crisis Center provides help to people affected by sexual violence in the Las Vegas area. Its services include crisis response, counseling and support, court advocacy, and education and outreach. You can learn more about what the Crisis Center does, upcoming events, and read blog posts at this website.

The Rape Crisis Center
801 South Rancho Drive
Suite B-2
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 366-1640

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) — RAINN is the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,100 local sexual assault service providers across the country. On this website, you can find statistics, ways to reduce your risk of sexual assault, and read recent news.


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Find a Rape Defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, NV

Were you arrested or are you being investigated for a sexual assault in Nevada? Rape is a serious sex offense in the Silver State, and The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger can defend you against these charges.

Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Jaeger is the co-author of Westlaw's Courtroom Handbook of Nevada Evidence, a book that judges and attorneys throughout Nevada uses as a comprehensive guide to the rules of evidence in criminal cases. He can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (702) 816-3888 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.


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