DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ATTORNEY IN LAS VEGAS, NV
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Domestic Violence: Protected Parties & Prohibited Acts Nevada domestic violence laws apply to current and former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who currently or formerly resided together, persons who are or were in a dating relationship, people who have a child in common, the minor child of any of these people, or a person appointed legal guardian for the minor child of any of these persons. Chris Sullivan Law Firm has a highy experienced domestic violence attorney that can help you now!
Domestic violence occurs when one of the following offenses is committed between any of these persons:
- compelling the victim through force or threat to perform an act that the victim has a right to refuse performing, or compelling the victim through force or threat to refrain from performing an act that the victim has a right to perform
- sexual assault
- engaging in knowing, purposeful, or reckless conduct designed to harass the victim, including but not limited to stalking, arson, trespass, larceny, destruction of private property, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, or injuring or killing an animal
- false imprisonment, and
- unlawful entry into victim’s residence or forcible entry into the victim’s residence against the victim’s will, if there is a foreseeable risk of harm to the victim from the forcible entry.
(Nev. Rev. Stat. § 33.018)
A defendant convicted of a domestic violence battery is guilty of a misdemeanor if the defendant has no other domestic violence battery convictions within the previous seven years. Such conviction carries a minimum of two days in jail, 48 hours of community service, and a $200 fine, although the defendant may receive up to six months in jail, 120 hours of community service, and a $1,000 fine.
A conviction for a second domestic violence battery within a seven-year period is also considered a misdemeanor, but it carries a minimum sentence of ten days in jail, 100 community service hours, and a $500 fine; and a maximum sentence of six months in jail, 200 hours of community service, and a $1,000 fine. Defendants convicted of a first or second domestic violence battery within a seven-year period must also participate in domestic violence counseling. The defendant may also be required to pay the costs of counseling for a child under 18 years of age where the judge determines that the defendant’s crime necessitates such treatment for the child.
A defendant convicted of a third or subsequent conviction for domestic violence battery in a seven-year period is guilty of a Class C felony. Class C felonies carry a sentence range of one to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. A domestic violence battery is also punished as a Class C felony if it involves strangulation. Under such circumstances, the domestic violence battery carries up to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
If you have been charged with any of the above offenses call Chris Sullivan Law Firm on (702)471-0112 and speak to a highly experienced domestic violence attorney. You can also fill out our online contact form here and we will get back to you promptly.