Nevada law makes it unlawful for a person to compel another to do or abstain from doing an act which the other person has the right to do or abstain from by any of the following means:
Use of violence or inflicting injury upon the other person or any of the other person’s family, or upon the other person’s property, or threaten such violence or injury;
Deprive the person of any tool, implement or clothing, or hinder the person in the use thereof; or
Attempt to intimidate the person by threats or force.
Punishment for Coercion
Coercion carries two different penalties depending on whether physical force or the threat of physical force was used.
If no physical force or threat of force is used, this crime is a misdemeanor which carries the following penalty:
Up to 180 days in jail, and/or
A fine of up to $1000.
If physical force or the threat of force is used, then Coercion is a Category B Felony that carries the following penalty:
1 to 6 years in prison, and
Fine up to $5,000.
Defenses to Coercion
The state must prove that you intended to deprive a person of doing a thing they had the right to do or prevented him or her from abstaining from a thing they wanted to do. Lack of intent is a defense to coercion.
If a person made false statements to the police regarding coercion, and no such coercion took place, then clearly there was no coercion. A skilled attorney is necessary to show the court that the alleged victim was not honest and that the testimony is false.
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