Domestic violence charges are extremely common within the Las Vegas area and can occur between family members, those in a romantic relationship, or roommates. In the State of Nevada, there are harsh penalties that follow a domestic violence charge. This crime is a violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. This charge can have detrimental effects on your life as well as bring forth an unwanted reputation. If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is important you hire a good criminal defense attorney so you can get the protection you need. Domestic violence charges are serious and need the attention of an experienced and responsible attorney.
Unfortunately, domestic violence charges are something that people are frequently falsely accused of, especially if the accuser has reason to be jealous, angry or resentful. This is frequently the case in many domestic violence cases that are part of divorce proceedings or child custody situations. Sometimes, the violence that occurred was self-defense, or it may have simply been an accident. The Defenders realize domestic violence charges usually involve unique circumstances, and we are committed to fully investigating every possible scenario. Our first step would be to build a successful defense that will prevail in court, by reducing your charges or getting the case dismissed, keeping your criminal record clear.
Domestic Violence Penalties – Las Vegas
If you have been accused of domestic violence, you will be facing harsh penalties from the State as well as facing the unwanted social stigma that follows a domestic violence charge. For your first domestic violence charge within seven years, you are looking at the following penalties:
- A misdemeanor charge
- Two days to six months of jail time
- 48 to 120 hours of community service
- Fines ranging from $200 to $1,000
- Weekly counseling sessions for at least 6 months, at the client’s expense
If you have been charged of a second domestic violence offense within seven years of your first one, the penalties you now face will greatly increase. You need an experienced lawyer to help you get the charges dropped or reduced. For a second domestic violence charge within seven years, you are looking at the following penalties:
- A misdemeanor charge
- 10 days to six months of jail time
- Fines ranging from $500 to $1,000
- 100 to 200 hours of community service
- Weekly counseling sessions for at least 12 months, at the client’s expense
For a third domestic violence charge within seven years, you are looking at being charged with a Category C felony and more severe penalties of:
- Prison term ranging from one to five years
- Fine up to $10,000, although greater fines might be authorized or required by the State
- Weekly counseling sessions for at least 12 months, at the patient’s expense
Any kind of domestic violence act where strangulation was used or battery that resulted in substantial bodily injury without the use of a deadly weapon will be guilty of a Category C felony and:
- One to five years in a State Prison
- Fines no more than $15,000
Any kind of domestic violence battery with the use of a deadly weapon that did or did not result in substantial bodily harm will result in a Category B felony and:
- Two to 15 years in a State Prison
- Mandatory fine of $10,000
Domestic Violence Plea Bargain and Record Sealing
If you have found yourself being charged with a domestic violence charge, we can assist you with a plea bargain A plea bargain can possibly reduce your charges, depending on how severe they are. In some cases, your criminal record regarding your domestic violence can be sealed, as long as the necessary conditions are met. It is important to have your record sealed so you are not negatively affected by the charges in the future, as a domestic violence charge carries a negative social appearance and difficulties with future employment or education. Sealing your records is a necessary step but can be a confusing process; luckily, The Defenders are trained in this area and can assist you with the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my domestic violence charges be dropped by my accuser?
Unfortunately not. Domestic violence charges cannot be dropped once they are made against the “accused” because it is technically the State of Nevada or the City of Las Vegas bringing the charges against the defendant, not the victim of the violence. If you have been charged with domestic violence, call The Defenders so that we can get you the help you need and the best judgment for your case.
Las Vegas Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Attorney – The Defenders
It is important you contact The Defenders immediately so we can start creating an aggressive defense for your case. The Defenders delivers an honest and straightforward response to your charges while providing you personable and communicative involvement throughout the duration of your case. We’re aggressive when we need to be, compassionate when it counts, and always dedicated to your success. That’s what makes us The Defenders, a proud branch of the Richard Harris Law Firm.
We have the experience and knowledge you need to make sure you get the best judgment for your case. We are available day and night to start the process. Simply fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 702.333.3333.You don’t have to go through this alone, call us today!
The firm is led by attorney K. Ryan Helmick of The Defenders, who is experienced in dozens of criminal law matters. He and his team have helped thousands of people with their cases. It is his passion. Read more about Ryan here.