Few Arrests on Las Vegas Strip over New Year's Eve

January 3, 2013

Assault with a Deadly WeaponLas Vegas Police have reported just sixteen arrests on the Strip and at Fremont Street on New Year's Eve Monday night. The most serious charge involved a twenty-year old man who allegedly brandished a firearm in Circus Circus. He's facing several charges including the Nevada crime of assault with a deadly weapon.

The Nevada crime of assault with a deadly weapon occurs when someone uses a deadly weapon to put another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate physical harm. Note that it's unnecessary that the suspect actually use or wave the weapon...a person faces liability merely for having a weapon on his/her person during the assault. A common example is pulling a knife out on someone or throwing a punch while wearing brass knuckles.

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Sex Offender Arrested for Rape in Nevada

Last month a 44-year old convicted Tier-2 sex offender was arrested for four counts of sexual assault of a child under 14, domestic violence and for committing the Nevada crime of assault with a deadly weapon. According to police, he allegedly raped his live-in girlfriend's daughter. He's being held at the Washoe County Jail on 1 million dollars bail.

The Nevada crime of assault with a deadly weapon occurs when someone puts someone else in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm with a deadly weapon or while having a deadly weapon on their person or in their reach. So this crime doesn't require any touching or bodily harm but rather an attempted battery. And the weapon can be any everyday object that's used in a deadly way, such as a smashed bottle or pipe.

The penalties for committing the Nevada crime of assault with a deadly weapon, a category B felony, include one to six years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines. Typical defenses include lack of intent, lack of reasonable apprehension, self-defense, consent, and lack of deadly weapon. Common examples of this crime are wielding a knife at someone, pulling a gun on someone, or throwing a brick at someone.

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