Defendants face significant jail time and monetary fines for a fraud conviction. Offenses involving relatively small sums of money can be treated as misdemeanors, provided they are first offenses. Second and subsequent offenses tend to be treated more harshly, and may subject the accused to felony charges.
In order to prove fraud, the state of Nevada will have to show that the actor intended to deprive another of property or money. As such, attorneys are sometimes able to defend fraud charges by showing the client did not intend to commit fraud, or was unable to form the requisite intent due to mental illness or involuntary intoxication.
Those accused of fraud should err on the side of caution and speak with an attorney about their charges. Help is available in Las Vegas from the Potter Law Firm.