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Felony Assault and Battery

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.

Lawyer for Felony Assault and Battery Arrests in Las Vegas, NV

If you were arrested in Nevada for assault or battery, you should avoid saying anything to authorities until you have legal representation. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger can work to get felony charges reduced or dismissed.

Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Jaeger serves North Las Vegas, Henderson, and numerous other areas in Clark County. He can review your case as soon as you call (702) 816-3888 today to schedule a free initial consultation.


Overview of Felony Assault and Battery Crimes in Clark County


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Felony Assault Penalties in Nevada

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:

  • Assault made with the use of a deadly weapon or the present ability to use a deadly weapon is a category B felony punishable by up to six years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000;
  • Assault made with the use of a deadly weapon or the present ability to use a deadly weapon upon an officer, a provider of health care, a school employee, a taxicab driver or a transit operator who is performing his or her duty, or upon a sports official based on the performance of his or her duties at a sporting event who the offender knew or should have known was a member of one of these protected classes is a category B felony punishable by up to six years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000; and
  • Assault committed without the use of a deadly weapon or the present ability to use a deadly weapon upon an officer, a provider of health care, a school employee, a taxicab driver or a transit operator who is performing his or her duty, or upon a sports official based on the performance of his or her duties at a sporting event by an offender who knew or should have known was a member of one of these protected classes is a category D felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

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Felony Battery Penalties in Las Vegas

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:

  • Battery that is not committed with a deadly weapon but either results in substantial bodily harm to the victim or is committed by strangulation is a category C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000;
  • Battery committed upon an officer, provider of health care, school employee, taxicab driver or transit operator who was performing his or her duty, or upon a sports official based on the performance of his or her duties at a sporting event who the offender knew or should have known was a member of one of these protected classes that either results in substantial bodily harm to the victim or is committed by strangulation is a category B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000;
  • Battery committed with the use of a deadly weapon that does not result in substantial bodily harm to the victim is a category B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000;
  • Battery committed with the use of a deadly weapon that results in substantial bodily harm to the victim is a category B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000;
  • Battery committed by a probationer, a prisoner who is in lawful custody or confinement, or a parolee without the use of a deadly weapon, whether or not substantial bodily harm results and whether or not the battery is committed by strangulation, is a category B felony punishable by up to six years in prison;
  • Battery committed by a probationer, a prisoner who is in lawful custody or confinement, or a parolee with the use of a deadly weapon that does not result in substantial bodily harm to the victim is a category B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison; and
  • Battery committed by a probationer, a prisoner who is in lawful custody or confinement, or a parolee with the use of a deadly weapon that results in substantial bodily harm to the victim or is committed by strangulation is a category B felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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Nevada Felony Assault and Battery Resources

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
Suite 210-A
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 486-2740

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
(702) 828-3111


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Find a Lawyer for Felony Assault and Battery Charges in Las Vegas, Nevada

Are you facing felony charges of assault or battery in Nevada? The consequences of a conviction are much more serious than misdemeanor assault and battery crimes.

Jeffrey Jaeger is a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas who defends clients accused of all kinds of violent crimes. Call (702) 816-3888 or fill out an online contact form right now to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation so that Jeffrey can provide a complete evaluation of your case.


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