Nevada Domestic Violence Battery by Strangulation Attorneys
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What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is committing an act of force or violence against a family member or dating partner. The violence may be mental, physical, or emotional. Domestic violence can be assault, false imprisonment, or unlawful entry. One form of domestic violence that has been criminalized in Nevada is domestic violence battery.
How Is Domestic Violence Battery Defined in Nevada?
Domestic violence battery is the use of force or violence against a family member or dating partner without their consent. This crime is treated more seriously when it is committed with a deadly weapon or by strangulation.
How Is Strangulation Defined in Nevada?
The state statute defines strangulation as the intentionally act of decreasing or stopping a victim’s normal breathing or blood flow. The act is done by placing pressure on a victim’s throat. A person can also be accused of blocking the victim’s airway. In both cases, the victim could sustain serious injury.
Is This Crime a Misdemeanor?
Prior to 2009, it was a misdemeanor. However, Nevada has changed the law regarding this crime. Now, it can be a category B or category C felony.
What Is the Punishment for a Conviction of Domestic Violence Battery with Strangulation?
If the person committed the battery with a deadly weapon or is on parole or probation, the crime is a category B felony, which is punished by:
- One to 20 years in prison
- $10,000 fine
- Fine and prison time
Otherwise, the crime is a category C felony, for which the punishment is:
- 1 to 5 years
- $15,000 fine
- Both fine and prison time
Do I Need an Attorney?
Hiring legal representation when you are facing a felony charge is a good idea, and it can make a significant difference in whether your defense strategy is successful. Contact a Nevada attorney immediately to determine how to proceed with your case.
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Last Modified: 10-19-2016 08:11 PM PDT
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