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Nevada Domestic Battery Penalties

Many people aren't aware of it, but Nevada's prosecution of domestic violence is incredibly intense and officers have very little discretion in how they approach the situation. In Nevada, when the police arrive at the scene of domestic dispute, an arrest is almost always made.

  • In addition, any of the following can be tried for domestic battery in Nevada:
  • Family members
  • Former dating relationships
  • Former roommates

Unless there are mitigating circumstances, an officer will always make an arrest, and much of the time they aren't looking for mitigating circumstances. This includes situations where the victim doesn't want the aggressor arrested.

Like with other criminal charges, if a prosecutor thinks he can prove the case, they have to move forward. There's a mandatory minimum of six months of anger management for a conviction in addition to losing the right to possess firearms. It's worth pointing out that if there's any offense that involves grabbing an individual by the neck, the charge jumps up to a felony for domestic strangulation.

If you’ve been accused, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover for immediate legal assistance.

Penalties for Domestic Battery in Reno: What to Expect

A judge will decide the appropriate sentence if the defendant is found guilty of domestic battery. Before that, however, the victim will have the opportunity to speak with the court about the defendant and his or her impact on the victim.

First-Time Offenders: Potential Consequences

  • The Washoe County Jail will hold you for at least two days and not more than six months.
  • Community service of at least 48 hours, but no more than 120 hours.
  • Fines of at least $200 plus assessments, but not more than $1,000.
  • For a period of not less than 6 months, but not more than 12 months, the defendant must attend weekly domestic violence counseling sessions of not less than 1.5 hours per week.
  • A fee of $35 is charged for domestic violence assessments.

Consequences for Repeat Offenders in Reno

  • A minimum of 10 days, but not more than 6 months, in the Washoe County Jail.
  • A minimum of 100 hours, but not more than 200 hours, of community service.
  • A minimum fine of $500 plus assessments, but not more than $1,000 plus assessments.
  • At the defendant's expense, the defendant must participate in domestic violence counseling sessions of at least 1.5 hours per week for at least 12 months.
  • $35 domestic violence assessment fee.

Penalties for Chronic Offenders: Understanding the Stakes

  • An offense classified as a category C felony punishable by probation or imprisonment in the Nevada State Prison for not less than a year and not more than five years.
  • Not more than $10,000 in fines.

Choose the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover for Experienced Domestic Violence Defense in Reno

When Reno domestic violence defense firm the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover approaches these types of cases, he takes a holistic approach to defense. As a former Reno and Sparks special prosecutor, a former deputy district attorney of Lander and Lyon County, and a recently appointed special prosecutor for the City of Reno and the City of Sparks to prosecute these specific issues, Attorney Stover is always looking to take his experience from more than 25 years of criminal defense work to resolve a case before a trial.

As a lawyer, Attorney Stover can work with court-appointed victims' advocates to help build the defense with written statements and do everything possible to protect the rights and interests of the family, not just the defendant.

For a Free Consultation with Our Reno Domestic Violence Attorney, Call (775) 502-1575 Today.


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