Inflicting bodily injury refers causing an individual either permanent or temporary physical harm. The harm may be serious bodily harm such as severing a limb, disfigurement, or organ damage. Temporary harm is any type of bodily injury that an individual can recover from in less than one year. Actions leading to such harm can result in criminal charges. In Nevada, one such crime that an individual may be charged with is mayhem.
What Is Mayhem?
Mayhem is unlawfully depriving an individual of a body part, causing them disfigurement, or rendering a body part useless. It is a felony in Nevada.
Is This Charge the Same as Assault or Battery?
No, the criminal charge of mayhem is not the same charge as assault and battery. Assault is causing someone fear of bodily harm or an imminent battery. A battery is an unlawful use of force such as a punch. The battery does not need to result in any permanent injury.
What Will the State Have to Prove to Convict Me of Mayhem?
In order to Nevada state prosecutors have to prove a person intentionally:
- Cut out or disable a person’s tongue
- Disable an individual’s limb or limbs
- Put out an eye
- Cut an individual’s nose, lip, ear, or eye
What Is the Criminal Penalty for Mayhem in Nevada?
Mayhem is a category B felony in Nevada. As a category B felony, a person will face a criminal sentence of:
- Two to 10 years in prison
- $10,000 fine
- A fine and prison time
Do I Need a Lawyer to Represent Me in My Mayhem Case?
As a felony charge, a mayhem charge is difficult to defend against and carries a hefty penalty. It is imperative to contact a Nevada lawyer to represent you and understand your legal rights.