Battery is the unauthorized use of force on a victim without their permission. The unauthorized use of force may be knocking a hat off the victim’s head to striking them in the face. A battery that causes no injury is called a simple battery in Nevada. The state separates a simple battery with more serious battery charges such as battery with a deadly weapon. Another criminal charge is battery with substantial harm done to the victim.

What Is Battery with Substantial Bodily Harm?

Nevada defines battery with substantial bodily harm as non-consensual offensive or harmful contact between a person and victim. This harmful or offensive contact caused the victim to suffer substantial bodily injury. The term “non-consensual” simply means the victim did not give the person consent to harm them.

What Is Considered Serious or Substantial Bodily Harm in Nevada?

The terms “serious bodily harm” or “substantial bodily harm” are interchangeable terms. They both refer to physical injury a perpetrator causes a victim. This type of harm includes:

  • Paralysis
  • Head, neck, or spine trauma
  • Loss of organ function
  • Loss of limbs
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Serious cuts or burns to the victim’s body

Is Battery with Substantial Bodily Harm a Felony?

Yes, battery with substantial bodily harm is a felony. More specifically, the crime is a category C felony.

What Is the Sentence for a Category C Felony Conviction?

The punishment for causing substantial bodily injury while committing a battery is:

  • One to five years in prison
  • $10,000 fine
  • Fine and prison time

What Defenses I Can Use in My Battery Case?

Specific defenses that may be available to you vary according to the facts of the case. However, common defenses that are usually available in battery cases include:

  • Victim provided consent
  • Self-defense
  • Unintentional contact

Should I Contact an Attorney about My Battery Charge?

It is important to consult with a Nevada criminal attorney about your battery charge. Being arrested for battery with substantial harm means you face serious prison time. Thus, you should contact an attorney immediately.