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Misdemeanor Charges

Nevada Misdemeanor Crimes and Punishments

Misdemeanor ChargesMany types of Nevada crimes only result in a misdemeanor charge. There are two types of misdemeanors in Nevada: a simple misdemeanor and a gross misdemeanor.

What both types of misdemeanors have in common in that they involve less than 365 days in a county jail, just as the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This makes misdemeanor charges in Nevada different than felonies, because felonies involve 365 days or more in a state prison. Up to a year in jail is still a long jail sentence, and you should take all misdemeanor charges seriously.

This means hiring experienced criminal defense counsel in Nevada such as LV Criminal Defense.In misdemeanor cases, the prosecutor is often willing and able to negotiate down the charges and the judge may even suspend your jail sentence completely. You deserve the best defense even for misdemeanor crimes in Las Vegas.

What crimes are misdemeanors in Nevada?

The following list of crimes are misdemeanors in Nevada:

What sentences can a judge impose for a misdemeanor crime in Nevada?

A misdemeanor sentence can result in a variety of punishments:

  • Jail time
  • Community service
  • Fines
  • Court costs and administrative fees
  • Restitution to victims
  • Attending drug and alcohol counseling
  • Attending a Victim Impact Panel
  • Suspended driving privileges and
  • Drug Court.

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For all misdemeanor crimes, jail time is limited to 364 days in a county jail and fines up to $1,000. Gross misdemeanors carry a heavier penalty of fines up to $2,000. Jail time is still limited to 364 for gross misdemeanor convictions.

What is the impact of misdemeanor convictions on future crimes?

Many categories of crimes such as domestic violence and driving under the influence use progressive sentencing, which means the sentence gets worse each time you commit the same crime.

For example, a first and second time domestic violence battery is usually a misdemeanor (unless a weapon was used, or someone was seriously injured). If you are convicted of domestic violence battery a third time, the charge increases to a felony and the resulting punishment is much harsher.

This is similar to DUI charges. The first and second DUI convictions in a seven year period are misdemeanors if no one was seriously injured or killed, but the third in seven years is a felony DUI. Once you have been convicted of a felony DUI, all future DUIs are felonies as well.

You should take any criminal charges seriously by hiring the best Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer possible, and this is especially true if today’s misdemeanor has the possibility of being tomorrow’s felony. Contact Nick Wooldridge today.

We can work to reduce the charges to a lesser included offense so that you are not on track for a felony charge if you commit the same crime again. For example, your lawyer may be able to reduce a domestic violence battery to a simple assault conviction. This does not start the count against you for a felony domestic violence battery charge if you find yourself in a domestic dispute again in the future.

Can my record be sealed after a misdemeanor conviction?

Record sealing is often associated with more serious crimes such as Nevada felonies, but you are also able to seal your record to prevent a future employer or landlord from seeing your misdemeanor convictions.

In general, you have to wait five years from the date your case is closed to make a request to seal your record. Your case is not closed until probation is done, all court appearances and other requirements complete, and fines and restitution paid. The sooner these items are complete, the sooner you can have your record sealed.

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The criminal justice system is not always easy to understand or straightforward to deal with. If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor crime, you will probably have many concerns on your mind. Learning to represent yourself should not be one of them.

Instead, retain LV Criminal Defense to do the hard work of tracking down witnesses and evidence, negotiating with the prosecutor, and making court appearances for you so you can move on with your life as soon as possible.

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