Assault in Las Vegas - NRS 200.471
Many people mistakenly believe assault and battery to be a singular charge; in reality, these are two separate offenses that commonly occur in the same incident. These separate charges are often prosecuted in one criminal case, and the defendant may face harsh penalties for both offenses.
You could be charged with assault in Nevada if the prosecutor believes they have evidence that proves you attempted to use unlawful physical force against the alleged victim, or if you intentionally made the victim fear that they were at risk of immediate bodily harm.
Penalties of Assault Conviction in Nevada
The two charges are very different, as an assault charge may be waged against someone who has not yet inflicted bodily harm on another, but rather made them feel as if they were in eminent danger. Due to this, assault charges encompass a wide range of criminal actions, including verbal threats, unwanted sexual advances, making threats with the use of a weapon, etc. If a person is charged strictly with assault, they may face serious criminal penalties, including:
Assault without the use of a deadly weapon (misdemeanor):
- Six months in jail
- Community service in place of jail time
- $1,000 fine
Assault with the use of a deadly weapon (class B felony):
- One to six years in jail
- $5,000 fine
Assault against a protected class (gross misdemeanor):
- One year in jail
- $2,000 fine
LVPD officers will not hesitate to arrest an individual who is accused of committing assault. The prosecution and investigators will do all they can to find evidence against the defendant and will search tirelessly for witnesses who will corroborate the victim's story. Charges of assault can be filed for even minor offenses, so it is very important to enlist an aggressive advocate who will fight for your rights and protect your interests throughout your trial.
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