Las Vegas Domestic Violence Attorney
Defense for All Types of Domestic Violence Charges
Are you facing accusations for domestic abuse? If you are looking for an attorney who will go to bat for you and provide you with the aggressive representation you need in the face of these serious charges, you have come to the right place.
As an experienced Las Vegas domestic violence lawyer and a former prosecutor, it is my goal to provide knowledgeable and resilient defense advocacy to clients facing all types of domestic violence charges throughout Clark County. At Law Office of Chip Siegel, Esq. you will get over 25 years of experience on your side.
Get a free case evaluation to discuss the details of your case with a Las Vegas domestic violence lawyer. Understand your legal rights and options.
Domestic Violence Charges
Being accused of and charged with domestic violence can lead to disaster. A simple accusation can lead to a wide range of consequences, such as:
- Damaged reputation
- Temporary restraining order
- Criminal charges
These charges can lead to a conviction, and a conviction may result in imprisonment, fines, loss of custody of your children, and a criminal record. It is crucial that you do not underestimate the effects of a domestic violence or domestic battery case in Nevada.
Domestic violence, according to NRS 33.018 “Acts which constitute domestic violence” includes a number of other actions that are committed against a spouse, ex-spouse, family member, or co-habitant, including:
- Sexual assault
- False imprisonment
Depending on the particular circumstances of the case, domestic violence may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Criminal charges related to domestic violence can encompass a number of different scenarios. Spousal abuse and child abuse are the most commonly associated examples of domestic violence; however, many more circumstances exist which qualify as domestically violent in nature, including sexual abuse and emotional abuse.
In reality, the same amount of damage – if not more – can be done by sexually, emotionally, or verbally taking advantage of another person. Therefore, if you have been accused of a domestic violence crime of any nature, it is absolutely crucial that you seek legal defense counsel as soon as possible. The charges against you are serious, but with the right legal representation your chances of reducing or dropping them will be significantly better than if you try to face the legal process alone.
What Does a Batter Charge Mean in Domestic Violence Cases?
According to Nevada Law, NRS 200.485, battery domestic violence is defined as the intentional infliction of unlawful physical force against a member of one’s family or spouse/partner. Examples of this include punching a family member, slapping a spouse, spitting on a spouse.
The typical punishment for a BDV conviction includes:
- A fine of $200 to $1,000;
- 48 hours to 120 hours of community service;
- Weekly counseling for 6 months to a year; and
- Have no new arrests or citations while the BDV case is open.
Some legal defenses against batter domestic violence charges include self-defense, proving the charge was a lie, or showing the incident was an accident. If charged with a BDV conviction, it’s important you obtain legal representation from someone who has experience with these cases.
Misdemeanor Domestic Violence
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.
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 domestic violence 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.
Contact the Law Office of Chip Siegel, Esq. Today
My #1 priority is client satisfaction, which is why I provide each client with effective and responsive legal services from start to finish. In order to give each client the representation they need and deserve, I handle less cases, so I can give my all to clients who need it most. I understand how difficult life can be when dealing with serious criminal charges, which is why I am always there for my clients.
By providing personalized attention to each of my clients and personally working to address their legal matter and represent their interests, my goal is to create plans legal arguments that are customized for each client and will have the best chance of obtaining minimal penalties, an acquittal or dropped charges entirely.
If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence charges contact our Las Vegas domestic violence attorney today at (702) 430-7531.
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