Las Vegas Domestic Violence Attorneys

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Domestic violence is one of the most common causes of arrest. In recent years, the State of Nevada has stepped up its effort to attack the problem, resulting in more prosecutions and stiffer penalties. While some domestic disputes do result in serious injury to the victim, most arrests in Las Vegas are in response to arguments that involve only shouting, verbal threats, or minor physical altercations.

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The result is that many people who are charged with domestic violence in Las Vegas don’t recognize how serious a conviction can be. Domestic violence is a specific type of battery, which is defined as “any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.” Even without causing serious injury, conviction of a domestic violence charge is very serious and usually means long-term consequences. A battery and domestic violence attorney can provide you with information about how to fight this charge.

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Battery Vs. Battery Domestic Violence

Battery domestic violence is a unique charge in some ways. In addition to the requirements that judges impose community service and counseling upon conviction, state law restricts prosecutors from making certain deals during the pre-trial stage. Potential negotiations involving battery domestic violence charges in Las Vegas must comply with a fairly restrictive Nevada statute. Under NRS 200.484(8), a prosecutor cannot dismiss a domestic violence charge or offer lesser charges as part of the plea bargaining process. A domestic violence charge can only be dismissed if it clearly cannot be proven at trial.

Battery is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence on another person. This can include relatively light contact, like pushing, shoving, or grabbing; but also covers more serious types of contact, like punching or kicking. Battery charges are typically brought whenever someone is arrested for fighting at home or in public. Even certain types of indirect contact, (i.e. throwing rocks) can constitute a battery.

A battery can happen between any two people. Perfect strangers can “batter” each other and be convicted. A battery that occurs between family members or people in a relationship has a special term: domestic violence. Because of this type of violence is so common, Nevada has created a special battery domestic violence statute which provides for different punishments for domestic violence.

How to Defend Yourself Against a Domestic Violence Charge

Oftentimes persons wonder if the victimized party to a battery domestic violence incident has the ability to have charges dropped. A common question we hear is: “My significant other decided not to press charges; does this mean I’m safe from prosecution?” It’s not so simple. Don’t assume the prosecution will drop your charges because your girlfriend, boyfriend, roommate, or spouse has asked law enforcement not to pursue criminal charges. Las Vegas prosecutors frequently disregard the wishes of the alleged victim. The prosecution has the right to pursue charges with or without the consent of the alleged victim, and they rarely choose to simply drop charges.

Your chances of success improve if you’re able to present a strong legal defense. If you’ve been charged with battery, harassment, stalking, felony domestic violence, or any other domestic-related charge, you need to take measures to protect your rights immediately.

The Importance of Experienced Counsel

It is imperative to choose a domestic violence attorney with experience. If you are convicted of a crime in Nevada, you could get jail time, thousands of dollars in fines, and a black mark on your record that can affect you for the rest of your life. The attorney you choose should have years of experience that they can apply directly to your case.

At Oronoz, Ericsson & Gaffney, LLC, we are willing and able to go the extra mile for our clients to help them receive the most favorable outcome possible. We have assisted countless individuals retain their freedom from harsh sentences through pre-trial negotiation strategies, and we have helped many others avoid any kind of conviction through trial by jury. Our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers have a solid and reputable background helping individuals who have been accused of crimes in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada.

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