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Lewdness with a Minor under 14 in Nevada

  • By: Mace J.
  • Published: April 1, 2020
Jury Duty in Nevada

Lewdness With a Minor Defense

The Nevada crime of Lewdness with a Minor under 14 is codified in Nevada Revised Statute NRS 201.230. The elements of Lewdness with a Minor under 16 are as follows:

If a person commits a lewd or lascivious act on the body or any body part of a person under the age of 14 for the purposes of:

  • Appealing to;
  • Gratifying; or
  • Arousing passions, sexual desires, or lust of
  • The defendant adult; or
  • The child

Then a Lewdness with a Minor under 14 charge may be brought for lewdness with a child.

“Lewd or lascivious” acts mean any sexual activity up to but not including penetration (because unlawful penetration is sexual assault).

In this era of “Me Too,” and heightened awareness of sexual violence, especially sexual aggression against parties unable to manifest consent, such as minors under 14 years of age, it is important to know just where the proverbial “line” is. The old adage is there is nothing wrong with a May-December romance, but this may be less true of a so-called “January-December” romance. While less onerous and burdensome than the related crime of Sexual Assault of a Child, which carries a potential term of 35 years to life in Nevada State Prison along with lifetime sex offender registration, the consequences of this kind of conviction are largely as devastating.

The punishment for the crime of Lewdness with a Child under 14 is a term of imprisonment in the Nevada Department of Corrections for a minimum of 10 years, with life imprisonment as a distinct possibility. As with the aforementioned crime of Child Sexual Abuse, lifetime sex offender registration is mandatory via statute for sex-based offenses with child victims. Lewdness with a Minor under 14 qualifies and subjects the convicted party to a lifetime of shame and humiliation, not to mention lost job opportunities, income potential, voting rights, and potential residence options, amongst other seemingly unforeseen “punishments”.

If you or someone you love is facing this serious criminal charge and these draconian penalties, call Yampolsky & Margolis now! We are aggressive and proactive in defense of our clients and we always say it is easier to keep our clients, out of jail then to liberate them after they have been taken into custody. Do not sleep on your rights! Contact us now!


About the Author Attorney Mace Yampolsky has been achieving successful outcomes
during pre-trial negotiations as well as in the courtroom, defending
clients on nearly all types of criminal defense cases.

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