Battery committed on a family member (a crime known in Nevada as Battery Constituting Domestic Violence or Domestic Violence Battery) commonly appears on TV and in the media, which can lead to misconceptions about what domestic violence is, what the punishments are, and what rights the parties have in Nevada cases.
A Las Vegas domestic violence lawyer understands the law and your defenses to a domestic violence battery. We can represent you if you have been accused of a crime and will work diligently to reduce the charges or even have them dismissed if possible.
Domestic violence can occur in these types of relationships in Nevada:
If one person in this relationship commits battery on the other person, Nevada considers the act the crime of Domestic Violence Battery.
Battery is an intentional use of unlawful physical force against another person. It is any unwanted touching. For example, behavior such as:
Even throwing a drink on someone or pulling on their clothes can constitute battery if the action is violent or unwanted. The Nevada courts look at any touching, “however slight,” as battery.
Domestic violence battery is a misdemeanor for a first time offense in Nevada if no weapon was used in the incident or there were no serious or lasting physical injuries. The sentence will likely be:
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
A second domestic violence battery offense will also be a misdemeanor assuming no serious or lasting physical injuries to the victim and no use of a deadly weapon. The sentence can include:
Usually the first two domestic violence convictions in Nevada are on misdemeanor charges as long as they were committed without the use of a deadly weapon and did not cause serious injuries.The third offense in seven years, however small, will be charged as a Category C felony. It can result in 1 to 5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
Contact us about your case today to learn more about your defenses for domestic battery in Nevada.