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Libel Attorney In Las Vegas

The laws of Nevada and in most jurisdictions demand that you watch what you say to prevent a statement that makes a claim, expressly or stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government or nation a negative image. Under NRS 200.510 through 200.560, the law covers what is considered to be a libel concern.

If charged with a libel crime you are said to generally maliciously intend defamation. The means of carrying out the defamation is through printing, writing, signs, pictures or the all-encompassing, the like. Those who can be harmed by the defamation include: the dead or living persons, community of persons and association of persons. The damage suffered by these listed victims is by exposure to public hatred, contempt or ridicule. It is generally a crime charged to those who produced the libel information but it can also include: editor/publisher, the deliverer and the threat to produce.

In addition to the person being charged who produced the libel material, every editor or proprietor of a book, newspaper or serial, and every manager of a partnership or corporation by which any book, newspaper or serial is issued, is chargeable with the publication of any matter contained in any such book, newspaper or serial, but in every prosecution for libel the defendant may show in his or her defense that the matter complained of was published without his or her knowledge or fault and against his or her wishes by another who had no authority from the defendant to make such publication, and was retracted by the defendant as soon as known with an equal degree of publicity.

The law even goes further to include every person who shall willfully state, deliver or transmit by any means whatever to any manager, editor, publisher, reporter or other employee of a publisher of any newspaper, magazine, publication, periodical or serial any statement concerning any person or corporation which, if published therein, would be a libel shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Every person who shall threaten another with the publication of a libel concerning the latter, or his or her spouse, parent, child or other family member, and every person who offers to prevent the publication of a libel upon another person upon condition of the payment of, or with intent to extort, money or other valuable consideration from any person, shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

The punishment is a gross misdemeanor for those found guilty of producing the libel content maliciously and for those who threaten another with the intent to publish such material. For the editor/publisher and deliverer of libel information charges, the penalty is a misdemeanor. The silver bullet to end the prosecution of the charges of libel crime is the fact that what was claimed to be defamation is actually the truth. Time spent in prison is generally not at issue but definitely having a criminal record can't be good for business.

You need a criminal defense attorney to pour through the facts to make sure you get the best outcome reasonably possible. Call The Law Offices of Parviz A. Heshmati at 702-432-1000.

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The Law Offices of
Parviz A. Heshmati

515 S. 7th Street Las Vegas, NV

Phone: 702-432-1000
Fax: 702-446-6776
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