Nevada’s Assault Laws Explained
Assault is covered under Nevada Revised Statutes 200.471 and 200.481. Assault does not necessarily have to involve physical violence, as even attempting to use force against someone is enough to qualify. Hence, battery charges are sometimes brought as the same time as assault charges are because they are actually two difference acts.The crime of assault is made more severe whenever it involves the use of a deadly weapon. The law also provides for more serious punishment for someone who assaults a health care worker, school employee, taxi driver, or sports official while in their official capacity.
Assault can be either a Category B or Category D felony, depending on the circumstances. It is punishable by up to six years in prison, and a fine of up to $5,000; restitution to the victim may sometimes be ordered as well.
To prove assault, the act in question must have been threatening enough that a reasonable person would have deduced that he or she was in danger. As such, it is often possible to provide an explanation for one’s actions that would convince the jury that the victim actually had no reason to fear. Possible defenses should be discussed with an attorney shortly after an arrest is made.