Although Las Vegas is dubbed “Sin City,” you can still be punished for any illegal sins you commit, including domestic violence. However, many situations involving domestic violence are not like what they seem. You may have been acting in self-defense. You might be facing false allegations by an ex who wants to gain an upper hand in your divorce or child custody case. There could be many other things going on behind the scenes that law enforcement or the prosecutor is unaware of.
Domestic violence cases are always emotionally charged, so it’s in your best interest to hire a level-headed criminal defense lawyer who will work tirelessly to help you avoid the penalties described below.
Penalties for Domestic Violence in Las Vegas
Under Nevada Revised Statute 200.485, a conviction for battery which constitutes domestic violence can result in imprisonment in county jail or a state correctional facility, fines and court fees, court-ordered restitution, community service, and mandatory counseling or rehabilitation. The potential sentence depends on the number of times you have been convicted of the crime and the circumstances surrounding it, as follows:
First Domestic Violence Offense (Misdemeanor):
- 2 days to 6 months in county jail
- 48 to 120 hours of community service
- Fine of $200 to $1,000
Second Domestic Violence Offense Within 7 Years (Misdemeanor):
- 20 days to 6 months in county jail
- 100 to 200 hours of community service
- Fine of $500 to $1,000
Third Domestic Violence Offense Within 7 Years (category B Felony):
- 1 to 6 years in state prison
- Fine of $1,000 to $5,000
Stricter penalties apply for more dangerous offenses, such as committing the offense with strangulation or a deadly weapon or if the alleged victim is pregnant.
In addition to the criminal consequences, a domestic violence charge could affect your life in the following ways:
- You may have to surrender any firearms you own and lose your right to legally possess a firearm.
- You could lose your job and have difficulty finding a new one.
- The alleged victim could obtain a protection order against you that prohibits you from contacting them.
- Your professional license could be revoked.
- You could lose child custody or visitation rights with your children.
- Your reputation could be seriously damaged due to the allegations.
Because the consequences are so serious, it’s critical to talk to an experienced Vegas criminal defense lawyer who can quickly get to work on building a strong defense for your case.
How I Can Help
If you are facing charges for battery which constitutes domestic violence, reach out to the Law Office of Joel M. Mann. Our team will listen to you and protect your rights at every stage in your case. Joel M. Mann is an Avvo Clients’ Choice in Domestic Violence Representation. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions. Contact us today for your confidential consultation.