Nevada Violent Crimes- Laws and Sentencing

Violent crime in Las Vegas enjoys a roller coaster of statistics. One month violent crime increases and the next they are declining.

Regardless of crime’s rise or fall at the moment, Nevada is constantly reviewing laws and regulations to stem crime. Passing of new laws and rewriting out-of-date statutes and create a cobweb difficult to navigate without an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Violent crimes are a category of crimes in Nevada that can involve severe penalties and restricted rights for a person found guilty of them. These crimes include:

  • Arson;
  • Assault;
  • Battery;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Homicide (Murder);
  • Manslaughter; and
  • Robbery.

Like first degree murder, this can include life in prison without the possibility of parole or even the death penalty.

For less serious offenses, jail time may be limited to a 1 year suspended sentence (probation).

Prison time is not the only possible sentence for a violent crime in Nevada. A person convicted of a violent crime may also be sentenced to paying fines. These crimes are usually felonies and in some cases also be violations of federal law which can carry heavier penalties.

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When you are charged with a violent crime, many of your current and future civil rights are at stake. You need a serious and committed Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer to represent you. Our lawyers can determine if the police infringed on your right to be free from unlawful search and seizure when collecting evidence to use against you. Your lawyer can investigate whether you were a victim of an unconstitutional lineup procedure. These are just two examples of the matters that can change the course of your case and your life and for which you need the best defense possible.

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If you are convicted, your right to carry a weapon, have custody of a child, and to get employed may be negatively impacted by a felony on your record. You may also be facing prison time. Call Nick Wooldridge as soon as possible if you are accused of a violent crime in Nevada.

Sentencing for Violent Crimes in Nevada

  • Pay fines;
  • Participate in counseling;
  • Community service; and/or
  • Restitution.

Use the links below to better understand Nevada violent crimes, their defenses, and the possible minimum and maximum sentences.

Summary of Violent Crimes in Nevada


Arson is an intentional burning of a structure, vehicle, or agricultural product that is difficult to prove.

Learn more about the possibility of reducing the charges for a Nevada arson prosecution with an experienced Las Vegas arson defense lawyer, defenses to arson, and sentencing.

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Assault is making a person fear an unwanted touch, such as a battery, even if no touch ever results.

Learn more about the defenses to assault and possible sentences for assault.


Battery is an intentional and forceful, but unwanted, touching of another person. It does not need to result in a physical injury and a weapon need not be used to support the charge.

Learn more about how a qualified Las Vegas defense lawyer can defend you against battery charges.


The Nevada crime of kidnapping involves more than moving a person against his or her will from one place to another. Simply restraining a person or impeding their way out of a doorway can support a kidnapping charge.

Learn more about how a Las Vegas criminal lawyer works to reduce kidnapping charges, defenses to kidnapping, and possible sentences.


A person is convicted of first degree murder in Nevada if they willfully and unlawfully killed another person in a deliberate and premeditated way, with malice.

All other willful acts of killing are second degree murder.

Learn more about the difference between first and second degree murder, the possible sentences, and defenses for each of these Nevada violent crimes.


Manslaughter is an unlawful killing of another person without malice. These crimes may be viewed as accidental or caused by reckless behavior that could foreseeably cause death.

A Las Vegas criminal attorney can work to ensure that you receive the best possible sentence for a manslaughter charge. Learn more about the types of manslaughter, defenses to manslaughter, and possible sentences to manslaughter charges in Nevada.


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Robbery if often confused with the Nevada property theft crime of burglary. The difference is that a robbery involves force and intimidation to separate a person from his or her belongings, or to help a robber escape the scene.

Learn more about the Nevada crime of robbery, including defenses and possible sentences.