Impersonating an Officer in Las Vegas

Policeman in uniform with sunglasses on gray backgroundDefenses to Charges of Impersonating an Officer

It’s something that’s frequently seen in the movies and on television. A character impersonates a police officer or other public official in order to gather information or to fulfill some nefarious purpose. Sometimes it’s played for laughs.

However, someone who impersonates a police officer in Nevada may find themselves charged under NRS 199.430. Under this state law, any person who presents themselves as an armed forces member, a police officer or judge but does not hold one of these positions may be charged with a crime. It isn’t necessary for the person to be dressed like one of these officials. If they present themselves in one of these capacities with the intent to injure or defraud, they may be booked on charges under NRS 199.430.

Impersonating a police officer in Las Vegas can carry penalties of fines and jail time. Fortunately, several defenses are available. A qualified Nevada criminal defense attorney like the practitioners at Potter Law Offices can point out the flaws in the prosecution’s case. For instance, maybe the courts just don’t have enough evidence to pursue a conviction. An experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney can convince a jury that reasonable doubt exists, thereby undermining the state’s case. Perhaps you were even falsely accused. A vindictive acquaintance may have made the accusation as a means of revenge. With the right criminal defense attorney those charges won’t stick.