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What is Assault?

According to NRS 200.471, assault is an attempt to cause physical injury to another person, such as attempting to strike someone with a hand or object and missing. Assault is also any intentional act or threat of action that reasonably causes a person to feel afraid of impending violence. Note that words alone do not constitute assault, but if an offender also takes some sort of threatening move like raising a fist, they have committed assault.

Assault can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances and alleged victims. Simple assault is a misdemeanor. In most cases, assault committed against a protected victim while they are in the performance of their duties is generally a gross misdemeanor. Such special victims include: 

  • police officers;
  • firefighters;
  • judges;
  • correctional officers;
  • healthcare providers;
  • school employees;
  • taxi drivers;
  • public transit operators;
  • sports officials at sporting events.

Domestic assault is also a misdemeanor unless the offense is allegedly the defendant’s third domestic violence conviction in 7 years, in which case it becomes a Category C felony.

What are the Penalties for Misdemeanor Assault?

Misdemeanor assault is punishable by a range of jail time and fines, depending on the specific circumstances. Those convicted of general simple misdemeanor assault will face up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines, with the possibility of substituting 200 hours of community service in place of the jail sentence. If the misdemeanor assault was committed against a protected class member, the defendant could face up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000, with the possibility of substituting 600 hours of community service in place of the jail sentence.

Misdemeanor domestic assault is punishable depending on whether it is a first or second offense:

  • 1st offense – 2 days to 6 months in jail; 48-120 hours of community service; $200-$1,000 in fines
  • 2nd offense – 10 days to 6 months in jail; 100-200 hours of community service; $500-$1,000 in fines

Felony Assault

Assault committed with the use of a deadly weapon is strictly felony assault. A deadly weapon here is defined as either a weapon that is inherently likely to cause significant injury or death (e.g., gun, large knife) or an object that is capable, under the circumstances, of causing significant injury or death (e.g., large metal pipe). 

Felony assault is a Category B felony punishable by 1-6 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000. The prison range rises to 1-20 years if the defendant allegedly committed the assault due to the other person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, or other special characteristics.

Additionally, in special cases, misdemeanor assault offenses can actually be charged as felonies. For instance, a defendant who is in prison, parole, or probation and commits assault against a protected class member as above will be charged with a Category D felony punishable by 1-4 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. A third domestic violence conviction (within 7 years) is also a felony instead of a misdemeanor, punishable as a Category C felony that carries 1-5 years in prison and possibly $10,000 in fines.

If you have been charged with assault in Nevada, do not hesitate to contact Richard P. Davies, Esq. as soon as possible to get started on your defense. Whether you face misdemeanor or felony assault charges, our legal team is prepared to fight for mitigated or even dismissed charges. 

Schedule a free initial consultation with Richard P. Davies, Esq. online or at (775) 318-5988 today.

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