Misdemeanor Domestic Violence
Arrested? Speak with a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer
First and second battery
domestic violence charges are usually misdemeanor offenses in Nevada. Criminal offenses
are categorized into misdemeanor or
felony offenses based upon the potential penalties that the court may impose
upon a conviction. A misdemeanor is the lesser of the two and is typically
punishable by up to 12 months in county jail. A felony is punishable by
a minimum of 1 year in a state correctional facility.
Specific battery domestic violence charges are charged as misdemeanor offenses:
- First battery domestic violence charge: punishable by 2 days to 6 months
in jail, 48 to 120 hours of community service, weekly counseling, drug/alcohol
treatment, and fines of $200 to $1000.
- Second battery domestic violence charge (within 7 years of the first offense):
punishable by 10 days to 6 months in county jail, 100 to 200 hours of
community service, counseling, drug/alcohol abuse treatment, and $500
to $1000 in fines.
Las Vegas Domestic Violence Lawyer
Although a first or second domestic violence offense results in lesser,
misdemeanor, charges, it is important to note that these can still have
detrimental effects upon a defendant’s future. As a Las Vegas domestic
violence lawyer, I have seen just how serious misdemeanor domestic violence
charges can be. A defendant may lose custody of his or her children or
may be prohibited from coming into contact or within a certain distance
of the victim in any way due to a temporary or permanent restraining order.
A defendant may lose his or her job and may spend up to 6 months in county
jail. Heavy fines may be imposed which will result in financial hardships
for the defendant.
A skilled defense lawyer can help you avoid all of these and can fight
on your behalf to contest your charges. I offer a free case evaluation
to discuss your particular matter and represent clients throughout Henderson,
Las Vegas and the surrounding areas in Clark County.