Las Vegas Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer
Facing domestic violence charges in Nevada? Ms. Connolly has not had a client convicted of domestic violence in over 15 years. For a consultation call (702) 678-6700, or request a consultation online.
Domestic violence charges are taken very seriously by Las Vegas courts. If you are facing domestic violence charges in Clark County, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help protect your rights.
Karen A. Connolly is an aggressive Las Vegas domestic violence lawyer. She defends her clients against charges of spousal abuse, battery constituting domestic violence, child abuse, and child neglect.
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.