Contract coercion is the act of entering into a contract under conditions involving a threat of harm or actual harm. Any contract entered into because of threat of harm or actual physical harm is not legally enforceable. Coercion can also be a crime, but the crime of coercion does not necessarily involve contracts.
What Is Criminal Coercion in Nevada?
In Nevada, criminal coercion is the unlawful act of attempting to or actually forcing someone to do something or refrain from doing something that they have the right to do or refrain from doing. The perpetrator attempts to or coerces the victim by:
- Using violence or inflicting injury on the victim of a member of their family
- Inflicting injury or using violence on the victim’s property
- Depriving the victim of any clothing, tool, or implement
- Hindering the victim’s use of any clothing, tool, or implement
- Threatening to cause physical injury to or use violence on the victim, their family, or their property
Can I Face Prison Time for a Criminal Coercion Case?
You may, depending on the circumstances. Criminal coercion is generally a misdemeanor when there was no force used, nor was there any immediate threat of force. The punishment for a misdemeanor conviction is:
- Six months in county jail
- $1,000 fine
- Fine and county time
The crime is a category B felony if the perpetrator attempts to coerce the victim through the use of force or the threat of force. The punishment for this category of felony is:
- Six years in prison
- $10,000 fine
- Fine and prison time
What If the Crime Was Sexually Motivated?
If there is suspicious that the coercion was committed with a sexual motivation, then the court will schedule a hearing to determine if the coercion was done for sexual motivation once the defendant is convicted of committing the coercion. The hearing will either happen prior to sentencing or as a separate penalty hearing. It is up to the prosecutor to prove if the person did it for sexual reasons.
Do I Need an Attorney for Criminal Coercion?
If you are facing a criminal coercion charge, you will need assistance to combat this charge. Talk to a Nevada attorney immediately to determine your legal rights and if you can get the charge reduced or dropped.