Las Vegas Domestic Violence Attorneys
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.
Why clients choose our firm:
- Free case consultations
- Exceptionally talented trial attorneys
- Decades of combined legal experience
- Tenacious and aggressive advocates
- Available around the clock to clients
- AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Recipients of a 10.0 “Superb” Avvo rating
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.
Call (702) 904-8858 today to schedule your free case evaluation.
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
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
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.
Ready to begin? Call our firm
at (702) 904-8858 today.