Experienced Domestic Violence Attorney in Las Vegas, NV
In Las Vegas, domestic violence incidents are taken very seriously. If you are in Clark County and are charged with a domestic violence offense, the Law Offices of Karen A. Connolly, Ltd. provides experienced domestic violence defense representation by an attorney who is dedicated to protecting the rights of people accused.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence involves any form of “violence” or “abuse” between people involved in a domestic or familial relationship, including those who are living together. Common cases of domestic violence incidents include child neglect, elder abuse, sexual assault, sexual battery, domestic battery, and more.
If you have been accused of a domestic abuse crime, Karen A. Connolly will work to aggressively defend you and ensure you are treated fairly.
Protective Orders and Restraining Orders
Once you have been accused of a crime of domestic violence, the alleged victim may seek and obtain a protective or restraining order against you. A Temporary Protective Order (TPO) may limit your access to your children, restrict your access to your home and the accuser. Violation of a TPO is a crime. A TPO will also impact your Second Amendment Right to own/carry a gun.
In light of the adverse effects that these protective orders have, especially when children are involved, it is important that you have the assistance of a seasoned defense attorney.
Are you facing domestic violence charges in Nevada? If so, call (702) 678-6700 today for a consultation. Please review our history of successful verdicts on major criminal cases.
Charged with Domestic Violence in Nevada?
Las Vegas Domestic Violence Laws
Battery which constitutes domestic violence is defined by Nevada Rev. Stat. § 200.481 and Nevada Rev. Stat. § 200.485. Under Nevada law, domestic violence occurs when a person intentionally commits battery against his or her family members, spouses, dating partners, or housemates/cohabitants.
Battery is broadly defined as any harmful touching. Examples of battery include hitting, pushing, kicking, slapping, strangling, burning, poisoning, or any other kind of harmful contact.
Domestic Violence Penalties in Nevada
The penalties for a domestic violence in Nevada conviction depend on whether this is your first, second, or third domestic violence offense.
- FIRST OFFENSE. If convicted, you could receive two days to six months in the Clark County Detention Center. Fines range from $200 to $1,000, plus administrative and court costs. You may also receive between 48 and 120 hours of community service. You may be required to attend weekly counseling sessions at your own expense.
- SECOND OFFENSE. If convicted, you could receive 10 days to six months in the Clark County Detention Center. Fines range from $500 to $10,000, plus administrative and court costs. You may also receive between 100 and 200 hours of community service. You may be required to attend weekly counseling sessions at your own expense for up to 12 months.
- THIRD OFFENSE. If convicted, you could receive 1 to 5 years in Nevada State Prison. You could be assessed a fine of up to $10,000. A third domestic violence conviction is a felony. Probation is not available.
Other Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction
Because domestic violence is taken so seriously by Las Vegas courts, you could be facing many other consequences in addition to criminal penalties if you are convicted of domestic violence.
In the case of parents, if domestic violence is proven by clear and convincing evidence, there is a rebuttable presumption that the perpetrator should not have joint legal or sole legal custody.
In addition, federal law prohibits those who have been convicted of domestic violence from legally carrying a firearm. For members of the military and law enforcement officials, this could mean the end of your career.
You must do everything in your power to avoid being convicted of domestic violence in Las Vegas. This means that you should hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer to fight for your innocence in court.