Defendants who engage in various types of unlawful conduct can face a variety of criminal penalties within the state of Nevada if convicted. Not all convicted criminals face the same penalties. Penalties are generally tailored to the severity of the crime with which the defendant has been accused and the category of the offense as defined by Nevada law. For example, a misdemeanor conviction will not carry penalties as severe as a gross misdemeanor conviction or a felony conviction.
If you have been accused of wrongdoing, you need to know the classification of the offense so you have a good idea of what is at stake if you are found guilty. This can help to shape your decision-making process as an assessment is made regarding whether you should fight for an acquittal — risking a verdict against you — or whether you should opt for a plea bargain so you’ll be able to negotiate reduced penalties.
Making a decision regarding how to handle your charges is not something that you should do on your own, especially as it can be difficult to even understand how your crime is classified or what possible penalties should result if convicted of the offense with which you have been accused. You should contact LV Criminal Defense to talk with Las Vegas defense attorneys who can help you to fight the charges you are facing.
Our Nevada defense law firm has represented defendants accused of all types of crimes, including gross misdemeanors. We work hard to help you lessen penalties or avoid penalties altogether so you can emerge unscathed from the criminal justice system. Just give us a call today to find out the ways in which we can help you.
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Of the three categories of criminal offenses in Nevada, gross misdemeanors fall in the middle in terms of severity between a felony and a misdemeanor. N.R.S. 193.140 explains the specific punishment that a defendant could face if he has been convicted of a gross misdemeanor.
According to N.R.S. 193.140, a person who is convicted of a gross misdemeanor could be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a maximum of a one year period of time. The defendant who has been convicted of a gross misdemeanor could also face a fine of up to $2,000. In some cases, the defendant will be both fined and will be incarcerated for up to a one year period of time.
The only exception to this general rule, however, occurs if the law in place at the time when the gross misdemeanor was committed specifies that a different penalty should be imposed than the standard one found in N.R.S. 193.140. For example, if a gross misdemeanor that a defendant committed specified a longer potential sentence or a larger fine (or specified a shorter potential sentence and fine), the statute that defines the defendant’s crime would be controlling and the statutory penalties would apply to the defendant.
A Nevada defense lawyer at LV Criminal Defense will help you to try to fight to avoid the penalties of a gross misdemeanor and will work hard to maximize the chances of an acquittal or successful plea deal to a lesser offense.
Our legal team has decades of collective experience fighting for defendants who have been accused of gross misdemeanors and who have faced charges for other related crimes. To learn more about the ways in which our Vegas criminal defense lawyers have successfully represented defendants and helped them to avoid incarceration after they have been charged with gross misdemeanor offenses, give us a call today.