Las Vegas Domestic Violence Lawyer
Nevada law enforcement officials are required to investigate every claim of domestic violence. If they answer a call of domestic violence, they also are taught to identify the victim and the aggressor. This snap judgment can help keep family members out of potentially dangerous situations, but it can also lead to false or exaggerated claims of domestic violence. It is not unheard of for this to occur in cases where divorce or child custody matters are involved.
Under Nevada law, domestic violence occurs between family members. Family is not rigidly defined as simply being spouses and children. It can also include individuals involved in dating relationships, grandparents, former spouses, or roommates.
Domestic violence can include a wide range of issues and offenses, such as:
- Protective Orders
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Assault and Battery
- Battery Domestic Violence
- Child Abuse/Neglect
- Date Rape
- Domestic Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Spousal Abuse
Consequences of a domestic violence conviction
Domestic battery is a misdemeanor, but a conviction for this crime has severe consequences beyond any regular misdemeanor. Jail time is mandatory, even for a first offense. Moreover, a person convicted of domestic violence loses all gun rights under federal law. A person who is not a United States citizen will be deported for a domestic violence conviction. And anyone convicted of domestic violence will be required to attend at least six months of domestic violence counseling, pay a fine, and perform a minimum of 48 hours of community service. And finally, any subsequent conviction for domestic violence within 7 years will result in additional, even harsher penalties.
Even a simple accusation of domestic violence can have an effect on relationships that the accused may have. While an investigation is ongoing, the alleged victim may try to file an emergency protective order, which would force the accused from the household or from having contact with alleged victim. This underscores the importance of understanding the allegations and consulting with an experienced Las Vegas domestic violence lawyer.
Defenses to battery domestic violence charges
At the heart of every battery domestic violence defense are one of two options: “I didn’t do it.” or “I did it because I acted in self-defense.” Aggressive investigation is necessary in these cases to go on the offense in establishing the reasons why a person might lie about a crime taking place. A Las Vegas Battery Domestic Violence Attorney can help you in establishing a defense against these charges.
To learn more about your legal options after a domestic violence charge, contact the Lobo Law PLLC today. Call 702-290-8998 for an in-depth consultation with an experienced Las Vegas domestic violence defense lawyer.