Assault and battery are frequently used synonymously, but the terms are actually two distinct offenses. Assault involves threats to use force against another person while battery is the actual use of physical force against another person.
Assault or battery offenses that do not involve the use of a deadly weapon or result in serious injury are generally classified as misdemeanors. When an alleged victim is a member of a protected class, crimes involve the use of a deadly weapon, or the offenses result in serious injury, alleged offenders may face felony charges that carry possible penalties that are far more severe.
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Assault is defined under Nevada Revised Statute 200.471 as unlawfully attempting to use physical force against another person or intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm. This crime is typically a misdemeanor offense when the offender does not use a deadly weapon or have the present ability to use a deadly weapon.
Assault offenses are classified as felony in the following scenarios:
Nevada Revised Statute 200.471 defines battery as any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon another person. Battery offenses that did not result in serious injury to the victim and did not involve the use of a deadly weapon or the present ability to use a deadly weapon are usually misdemeanors.
Battery becomes a felony offense in the following situations:
Victims of Crime Program | State of Nevada — The Nevada Department of Administration’s Victims of Crime program provides help for victims of assault, battery, and many other crimes. You can learn more about eligibility criteria, benefits and covered expenses, and the role of victim advocates. You can also download applications and find an agency assistance list.
Victims of Crime Program
Southern Nevada Office
2200 South Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) | Victim Services — You can find phone numbers for various departments that offer victim advocate services on this section of the LVMPD website. The website also has links to other organizations that can provide help for victims of violent crimes. Elsewhere on the LVMPD website, you can learn about the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) service that monitors the custody status of offenders booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
400 South Martin Luther King Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89106
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