A domestic violence charge is a serious criminal offense that can result in jail time, job loss and the inability to own firearms or hold certain jobs, particularly for members of law enforcement or those in the military. Domestic violence is defined as violence involving intimate partners or family members. This can include a spouse or girlfriend, a child, a parent, a former mate, a sibling or an extended relative, such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin.
Domestic violence charges are very serious and law enforcement will fully investigate and act on a claim of domestic violence because the relationship between the accused and the victim is often one of a close, personal and dependent nature. A charge of domestic violence in Nevada may include:
- Spousal Abuse
- Child Abuse
- Elderly Abuse
- Sexual Assault
Usually, domestic violence offenses occur in the midst of a contentious divorce or child-custody case. A charge of domestic violence may affect your ability to see your children or even continue to live in your home.
Penalties for a domestic violence conviction in Nevada:
- Two days to six months in jail
- 6 months of counseling
- Fines including court costs
- Community Service
- Protective Order
If there is a second conviction of domestic violence the perpetrator the conviction will result in at least 10 days in jail. Under A third conviction for domestic battery or domestic violence is a felony and carries a mandatory one year prison sentence.
In addition to jail time, fines and classes, a charge of domestic violence may often result in the Court issuing a temporary protective order. This may be issued without evidence and without the opportunity to defend yourself. A temporary protective order may prevent you from returning home and may even keep you away from your children. It is important to retain an attorney that can provide a defense to prevent the Court extending the protective order.
Hiring a qualified domestic violence defense attorney is essential to protecting your rights if you have been charged with domestic battery or domestic violence. At Rosenblum Law Offices, we can help. Contact us today at (702) 433-2889 to find out how we can protect your rights.