Assault and Battery: Common Charges with Heavy Penalties

AAssault and battery are separate, yet closely related, crimes. They are frequently charged in tandem. However, it’s possible to be charged simply with assault, which is basically attempted battery.

If you’ve been charged with assault and battery, then you need the Las Vegas criminal defense team at the Potter Law Offices to represent you.

In Nevada, NRS 200.471 defines assault while NRS 200.481 defines battery. When someone is accused of assault, no physical contact is necessary. Intentionally making someone else feel threatened is enough to be charged.

Battery is intentionally causing another person physical harm. The penalties for an assault and battery in Las Vegas are severe. A misdemeanor assault that doesn’t involve a deadly weapon may lead to a six month jail sentence and a fine of up to $1,000.

If a weapon is used during an assault, then it may be charged as a class B felony with fines up to $5,000 and as much as six years in prison.

The penalties for battery are similar. However, if the defendant caused significant bodily harm, then they may be looking at as much as 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Contact the Potter Law Offices for help with Las Vegas assault and battery charges.