Metro Police were called out to a household disturbance at around 10:15 on September 14th. Upon arriving at the 7000 block of Clearwater Avenue, the authorities discovered two individuals that were both armed and in a standoff with each other.
Both individuals refused to surrender, back down, or drop their weapons, so authorities had no choice but to call out a SWAT team. Crisis negotiators attempted to get the two individuals to back down, while nearby homes were evacuated in an abundance of caution. The roads were eventually closed, too.
Finally, at around 2:30 P.M., both individuals were taken into custody without injury. As of now, the police have not yet confirmed what charges the individuals are facing or what exactly led to the dispute in the first place. The investigation is ongoing.
While official charges haven’t been announced yet, there is a good chance that both victims will face domestic violence charges. Under Las Vegas law, domestic violence is defined as any violent crime that’s committed in the context of an intimate, domestic relationship. In other words, any type of violent action that’s committed against someone that you live with would be considered domestic violence.
If you ever get accused of domestic violence, then consider hiring an attorney ASAP.
Domestic violence charges are very serious in Las Vegas. First off, the minimum penalty for a conviction includes imprisonment from 2 days to 6 months, 48-120 hours of community service, and a fine of up to $1,000. Anyone convicted of a domestic violence crime will also automatically lose their right to possess firearms.
A felony domestic violence offense is much more serious, and it will carry heavier sentences. If convicted, then you should expect a minimum imprisonment sentence of 1-5 years. On top of that, you could get hit with fines up to $10,000. Even once you serve your time, you’ll also likely be expected to serve out a specific probation sentence.
Felony convictions will also result in a loss of several rights including the right to possess firearms, the right to vote, the right to hold public office, and more. It might limit your future employment opportunities, and your offense will show up on any future background checks.
Have you recently been accused of a domestic violence offense in Las Vegas? If so, then it’s in your best interests to hire a quality criminal defense lawyer who can help you avoid the worst of the consequences outlined above. In the best cases, your attorney might be able to help you avoid a conviction altogether.
Here at LV Criminal Defense, our team of skilled attorneys understands how much your freedom means to you, and we will do our best to help defend you against your charges. Request a consultation with our firm now by filling out our confidential online contact form.