Domestic violence is a common offense that is usually thought of as an offense committed by a man against a woman. However, these charges are not limited by gender. Whether you’re a male or a female, if you are charged with family or dating violence, it is important to take the charges against you seriously by contacting a Clark County domestic abuse defense attorney.
Las Vegas Domestic Violence Lawyer
If you have been accused of family or dating violence, it is important to act quickly. The sooner you consult with legal counsel, the better chance you have of making informed legal decisions from the very beginning. Michael Pariente is an accomplished domestic violence lawyer in Las Vegas who will analyze your case, and help you develop the best defense possible.
Currently, Michael Pariente has taken several misdemeanor domestic violence cases to the United States Supreme Court because he is trying to change the law to give those accused of domestic violence the right to a jury trial. Under current Nevada law, a person facing these charges cannot receive a jury trial.
Pariente Law Firm, P.C. serves clients who have been charged with spousal, family or dating abuse in Clark County, Henderson, Paradise, Las Vegas, and the surrounding areas. Call Michael Pariente today at (702) 966-5310.
Information Center for Domestic Abuse Offenses in Nevada
- What is Domestic Violence?
- Definition of Domestic Battery Under Nevada Law
- Domestic Battery With Strangulation
- Protective Orders in Las Vegas
- Defense Options for Abuse Charges
- Resources for Domestic Violence
- Providing Valid Defense Options for Domestic Violence Charges in Las Vegas
Even college roommates with no dating relationship can be charged. Some of the most common domestic violence offenses occurring in Las Vegas include:
- Domestic Assault
- Domestic Battery
- Domestic Battery with Strangulation
- Sexual Assault/Battery
- Child Abuse
- Child Neglect
- Child Endangerment
- Elder Abuse
Michael Pariente defends clients who have been charged with the offenses listed above, as well as any other related offense. Pariente Law Firm, P.C. can also help you with restraining orders.
Most violent altercations between family members, roommates, or dating partners will result in one individual being charged with domestic battery. Battery is defined by NRS § 200.481 as intentionally touching, pushing, striking, or otherwise using force or violence against another individual against his or her will.
Battery becomes domestic battery when it is committed against a family member, household member or dating partner. If an individual is convicted of this offense for the first or second time, he or she can be ordered to spend up to six months in jail and be ordered to pay up to $1,000 in fines. Along with these penalties, an offender can also be sentenced to community service and counseling.
A third or subsequent offense that occurs within seven years of a previous family or dating violence offense can result in a prison sentence ranging from between one to five years.
A person convicted of domestic violence also forever loses his or her Second Amendment right to possess a gun – even for self-defense. A person who is not a citizen faces deportation. An abuse conviction leads to a person being presumed to be a less fit parent in child custody considerations.
According to NRS § 200.481, when an individual intentionally impairs another person’s normal breathing or blood flow by applying pressure to the throat, nose, mouth, or otherwise blocking airways, in an attempt to harm or kill the person, he or she can face charges for domestic battery with strangulation.
If convicted of this offense, an offender will usually be charged with a category C felony, and be sentenced to a minimum of a year, with a potential for a maximum of five. There will also be a mandatory fine of up to $15,000.
If an individual alleges that he or she has been the victim of family or dating abuse, he or she may file a motion to have a protective order issued against the alleged offender. If granted, the protective order will usually be a temporary order, and will only be in effect for thirty days. If you have a protective order issued against you, you can request a hearing to determine if the protective order should be lifted.
The conditions of the protective order can involve:
- Requiring the alleged offender to leave the home shared by both spouses/family members
- Preventing the alleged offender from coming into physical contact with the petitioner
- Preventing the alleged offender from contacting the petitioner by phone, electronically, or in any other way
- Disallowing access to children
If the alleged offender violates the conditions of the protective order, he or she can be charged with a crime. Therefore, it is important to contact a defense attorney who can represent you in a protective order hearing and potentially have the protective ordered altered or removed.
Domestic violence charges can result from a variety of incidents and many times the prosecution’s case is based on the allegations of your accuser.
An experienced defense attorney may be able to have your charges dismissed or reduced by proving you acted in self-defense, the allegations against you are false or exaggerated, the alleged victim’s injuries are self-inflicted, and many other defense arguments.
Domestic Violence – LVMPD: This division of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is responsible for investigating cases of domestic violence in Las Vegas. This website provides information on what to do if you have been the victim of domestic violence. The LVMPD can be located at:400 S. Martin L. King Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
Phone: (702) 828-3111
Safe House: This organization provides shelter, support, counseling, and advocacy to families and other individuals who have been the victim of family or dating abuse and are in need of assistance.
Nevada Child Protective Services: This organization is a division of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. They are responsible for ensuring that children in Nevada are being adequately cared for, and are not in danger of being neglected, abused, or harmed in any way.
Michael Pariente is an aggressive defense attorney in Las Vegas who provides valid defense options for individuals who have been charged with a crime stemming from a domestic dispute in Henderson, Clark County, Paradise, Las Vegas, and the surrounding areas.
If you have been arrested on domestic violence charges, Pariente Law Firm, P.C. can help you. Call us today, free of charge at (702) 966-5310 and let Michael Pariente serve you.