Even in the nation’s entertainment capital, the closing of nightlife and recreation is around the world as we endure the COVID-19 pandemic. With the consequences of daily impacting people, the many stressors have ramped up tensions and affected even healthy relationships with snapping, arguing, hurt feelings, and anger flare ups. Whether there was a moment of weakness or a false accusation, being accused of domestic violence can be challenging, and more stressful if the charges are false. Your life can be impacted significantly with a domestic violence charge. Today, we at Kajioka and Associates, Attorneys at Law would like to further discuss the subject.
Domestic Violence Laws in Las Vegas, NV
The primary domestic violence law in Nevada is NRS 200.485. “Willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.” This the domestic battery definition under the statute. Being purposely broad, this encompasses any violence. Domestic battery ranges anywhere from slapping and biting to kicking and poisoning. Under the law, you can still be charged with a serious crime, whether or not you intended harm.
COVID-19 & Domestic Violence
Seemingly like unrelated problems, COVID-19 and domestic violence, but unfortunately, there is more violence in the home, and they are more severe and more dangerous due to the movement restrictions in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Contact the authorities in the event that you or someone you know is stuck in an unsafe domestic situation. Protecting victims of abuse is what the Nevada state laws meant to do. To help support and house those in need is also why organizations where created. Not all personal conflicts rise to the level of domestic abuse, however. In order to punish them, some people in difficult relationships will accuse their partner of abuse. In cases where there are false accusations, whatever the accuser’s motives are, you need a good defense attorney to assist you and help protect you from consequences, including jail time.
Domestic Violence Arrests During Coronavirus
During coronavirus in Las Vegas, you can get arrested for domestic violence. Police are still enforcing the law and responding to domestic violence complaints, though many emergency services are focused on public health. So, yes, you can a domestic battery charge can be brought during the current lockdown. Should you cause violence in your home, you may still face arrest and its consequences. Being arrested is really no different from any other time for domestic violence charges. Jail time, community service, and fines can all be a part of your penalties. For your first and second charges, you can face misdemeanor charges. A domestic battery conviction can result in a felony, from one to five years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines, if you are convicted a third time.
Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Business Attorneys & More in Greater Las Vegas, Nevada
You may need to take steps to separate from them if you are in an unstable relationship and think your partner may accuse you of domestic violence. Your own safety and freedom may depend on it, though it can be difficult given the stay-at-home orders. Our experienced attorneys at Kajioka and Associates, Attorneys at Law can defend you, should you find yourself charged with domestic battery.