Neither Nevada or the federal government takes this charge lightly. You should retain an attorney for this matter. Even a misdemeanor conviction for this charge carries mandatory jail time. In addition, this conviction can cause the loss of custody of your children, loss of employment, and can subject you to deportation. Whether you are a man or a woman, if you are convicted of domestic violence in Nevada, this creates a presumption that you are unfit to be the primary custodian of your own children. This means that you can lose custody of your children to the parent who, for 5 years, has maybe only spent every other weekend with them. This is not something you or your children deserve.
Further, under federal law, you cannot ever legally carry a firearm if you have a domestic violence conviction. If you are in the military or a member of law enforcement, this is usually the end of your career. In other fields which require special licensing, this conviction can cause you to lose and/or prevent you from renewing that license. In Nevada, the relationship that constitutes "domestic" and the actions that count as "violence" are very broad. Married persons, boyfriend-girlfriends, same sex couples, blood relatives (siblings, parents and their children, cousins), even roommates are all relationships which count as "domestic" for purposes of this charge. Moreover, acts which may not seem like a violence, such as pushing, pinching and hair pulling, are all actions which are used to show the "violence" aspect of the crime. If you think you should just plead guilty to "get it over with," you are gravely mistaken. This conviction is a part of your permanent record. Additionally, for 7 years, the conviction can be used for enhancement. During this 7 year period, if you are convicted of a second offense of domestic violence, you are facing at least 10 mandatory days in jail. A third offense within 7 years carries a penalty of 1 to 5 years in prison. It Nevada, a prosecutor is prohibited from negotiating domestic violence to a lesser charge unless he knows that the there is not probable cause or that the case will not be proven at trial. For this reason, these types of cases almost never negotiate. Unless you plead guilty, your case will go to trial. You need an experienced trial attorney to prepare and present your defense.
If you are currently charged with domestic violence, or if you are suffering loss of employment, family, or deportation due to a domestic violence conviction, it is not too late. Call a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer.
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