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Recent Posts in Violent Crimes Category

  • Manslaughter Vs. Homicide in Nevada

    Being accused of killing another person is extremely serious, if not the most serious crime someone can be charged with. A conviction for such a crime is life-altering and can result in significant prison sentences and fines. The state of Nevada has charges for both manslaughter and homicide. These charges differ and are applied to killings based on the severity and specific circumstances. What ...
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  • Self-Defense Versus Assault

    The legal system is complicated and varied when it comes to acts of violence against another person, and reasonably so. Crimes of this nature are categorized in different ways, such as assault and battery, and the consequences are relative to the nature of the crime. However, there are situations in which people must behave in a violent nature against another person for their own protection. How ...
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  • Fighting a Battery Charge in Nevada

    Being accused of battery can be devastating. The consequences of a conviction are life-altering, and there is a lot of shame that comes with the accusation alone. Aside from the legal ramifications of a battery charge, there can be social consequences, and many people find themselves unable to return to normalcy for a long time. This is especially the case when someone is convicted, which is why ...
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  • Nevada Disorderly Conduct Laws

    Disorderly conduct is one of the most common offenses in Reno and throughout Nevada since the state is littered with casinos, bars, clubs, pool parties, and other nightlife activities. Although you are allowed to walk on the streets with a drink in your hand and public intoxication alone is not a crime, being drunk in public can result in a disorderly conduct charge. Disorderly conduct is a ...
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  • Aggravated Assault & Battery in NV

    In Nevada, assault and battery are violent crimes that are punishable by harsh criminal penalties. However, these charges can be enhanced if certain aggravating factors are evident. Aggravated Assault According to NRS 200.471, simple assault is defined as intentionally attempting to use force against someone else or placing that individual in reasonable fear of imminent injury. This type of ...
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  • Stalking Laws in Nevada

    In Nevada, stalking is defined as performing deliberate actions to cause someone else to reasonably fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones. A person cannot be charged with stalking for one event, but rather a pattern of actions over time in order to make another individual feel scared or terrorized. Common examples of stalking include: Following a person by foot or vehicle for a ...
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  • How Road Rage Can Lead to Serious Criminal Charges in NV

    Whether another driver does something to annoy you or you are stuck in traffic, your irritation can turn into “road rage,” which is defined as aggressive and even violent driving behavior. Common examples of road rage include yelling at another driver with the window down, excessively honking the horn, and even using the car to strike another vehicle. Not only can road rage result in a serious ...
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  • 4 Common Crimes Committed During the Holidays

    The holiday season is generally filled with joy and cheer. However, there is a spike in certain crimes during this time of year, which causes local law enforcement officials to increase their patrols throughout residential areas, as well as areas where festive gatherings take place, such as bars and restaurants. The following are the four most common holiday crimes: DUI – Since alcohol consumption ...
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  • What Happens If I Violate a Restraining Order in NV?

    When a person has been arrested for allegedly committing a domestic violence offense in Nevada, he/she may also be subject to a restraining order filed by the alleged victim. Also known as protective orders, restraining orders generally prohibit contact between both parties, order the alleged offender to stay away from the alleged victim’s home, workplace, school, or any other location he/she ...
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  • Mandatory Arrest Law in NV Domestic Battery Cases

    Domestic battery , also known as domestic violence, is one of the most charged crimes in Nevada. The main reason why is because the state has a “mandatory arrest law.” According to NRS 171.137, if a police officer has probable cause – unless mitigating circumstances are present – to believe someone has committed domestic battery within the past 24 hours, the officer must arrest the alleged primary ...
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  • Viable Domestic Battery Defenses

    A charge of domestic battery is not a conviction. While the arrest can be extremely emotional and traumatic, defendants should not give up hope. There are reasonable explanations that can either shift a domestic battery claim or create enough reasonable doubt to avoid conviction. A few viable domestic battery defenses include: Self Defense Domestic violence is a two-way street in some ...
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  • Jury Trials Allowed in Misdemeanor Battery Domestic Violence Cases

    In a landmark decision, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that individuals charged with misdemeanor battery domestic violence are entitled to jury trials. Typically, non-felony offenses penalized by incarceration of 6 months or less are heard and decided only by a judge. However, the Justices said that the consequences of domestic violence are severe enough that cases should be presented in front of ...
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  • Domestic Violence & Your Firearm Rights

    Domestic Violence Charges Can Affect Your Gun Rights Domestic violence charges not only tarnish your reputation and result in possible jail time, they also can permanently revoke your rights to own firearms . A large number or violent charges that result in a guilty plea or conviction can mean permanent loss of gun rights. In addition, your concealed carry permit can be revoked with just a ...
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  • How to Fight False Allegations of Domestic Abuse

    Domestic violence is unlike any other criminal offense. While most accusations require evidence to press charges, domestic violence can be charged with nothing more than the word of someone who claims they’re a victim. This means you don’t necessarily need specific or demonstrable evidence in order for accusations to be taken seriously, and this leads to an immense amount of false allegations ...
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  • Assault vs. Battery: What's the Difference?

    While the two might sound similar, assault and battery are two separate criminal offenses in Nevada. The key difference between them is intent and action. Assault is defined as the intention of an individual to intimidate or threaten another person. Battery, however, is more than a threat; it is an act of violence against another person that can result in harm or bodily injury. These types of ...
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  • How Nevada Law Defines Domestic Violence

    Each state defines crimes a little differently, including domestic violence. Nevada law, for example, describes domestic violence as a violent crime committed by persons with whom the victims share certain personal or familial relationships. These law apply to current and former spouses, people related by blood or marriage, people who currently or formerly lived together, people who are or were ...
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