A Domestic Battery
(or Domestic Violence) charge in Nevada is a very serious matter. Even if you
did not commit a battery, you still should be concerned because the prosecutor
will still aggressively pursue a conviction. When law enforcement shows up to
a domestic situation, the reality is that one of the parties is going to jail.
There are some serious ramifications from a conviction for domestic violence,
such as: mandatory jail time, mandatory fines, mandatory six months of counseling,
mandatory community service. In addition, a conviction for domestic battery precludes
that person from ever being able to own or possess a firearm.
has toughened its stance on domestic violence in recent years. Domestic battery
is an enhancement crime, meaning that punishments get more severe with subsequent
convictions. A third offense within seven years is a felony in Nevada. Furthermore,
out of state convictions can also be used by the prosecution to enhance a domestic
battery to a second or third offense.
These tougher laws regarding domestic
violence often victimize innocent people. Even if the alleged victim tells the
prosecutor they lied or exaggerated the claims against a defendant, the prosecutor
will generally still prosecute the case because they believe the alleged victim
is simply trying to protect the defendant.
If you have been arrested for
domestic battery or any related crime, you need an attorney with experience that
will protect your rights during the legal process. Domestic violence cases can
often be plead down or dismissed to keep a domestic battery conviction off your
record. We understand that the criminal justice system favors the accuser in domestic
violence cases and we will aggressively work to counter that presumption.