Nevada "Category C" Felony Laws (NRS 193.130)
Explained by Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorneys


Category C felonies are the third most serious class of felony crimes in Nevada. The maximum punishment Nevada courts may impose is:

In many cases, it may be possible to plea bargain a category C charge down to a more minor offense or case dismissal. If the D.A. will not settle the case, the defendant may demand a jury trial

There is a five (5) year waiting period to seal category C convictions in Nevada. And aliens charged with category C felonies risk being deported unless the case gets dismissed or changed to a non-deportable offense.

Below our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions about category C felonies in Nevada, including definitions, penalties, and record seal time frames. Click on a topic to go to that section.

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Category C felonies carry 1 to 5 years in Nevada State Prison and maybe up to $10,000 in fines.

1. What are Category C felonies in Nevada?

Category C felonies are the "middle-ground" class of crimes in Nevada between "category A" and "category E" felonies.[1] Some of the most frequently prosecuted category C felonies are:

Note that Nevada D.A.s prosecute attempts to commit a category C felony as "wobblers." Wobblers may be treated as either a category D felony or a gross misdemeanor.[7] Learn more about Nevada wobbler offenses.

2. What are the penalties for Category C felonies in Nevada?

Category C felonies in Clark County carry a sentence of:

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  • one to five (1 - 5) years in prison, and
  • maybe a fine of up to $10,000[8]

When the court imposes a prison sentence for a Nevada felony conviction, the minimum time range may not exceed 40% of the maximum time. For example if the maximum prison time is five (5) years, the minimum time cannot be more than two (2) years, which is 40% of five (5) years.[9]

3. Can I get a jury trial for a Category C felony in Nevada?

Any person who is charged with a category C felony in Nevada has the right to a trial by jury.[10]

4. Can I get a Category C felony sealed?

Yes, a category C felony conviction can usually be sealed five (5) years after the sentence ends. But note that violent felony crimes have a ten (10) year waiting period. And the following offenses may never get sealed:

  • sex crimes,
  • crimes against a child, or
  • felony DUI[11]

If the case results in a dismissal (which means there is no finding of guilt), the defendant does not have to wait to get a record seal for a category C felony charge.[12]

5. Will I get deported for a Category C felony?

Aliens charged with category C felonies in Nevada risk deportation from the U.S. if the crime qualifies as either a:

But it may be possible to persuade the prosecutor to lower the charge to a non-deportable offense or a dismissal. Learn more about immigration law at our informational page on the criminal defense of immigrants.

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  1. NRS 193.130.
  2. NRS 200.485.
  3. NRS 205.220.
  4. NRS 205.275.
  5. NRS 200.575.
  6. NRS 33.400.
  7. NRS 193.330.
  8. NRS 193.130.
  9. Id.
  10. U.S. Constitution, Sixth Amendment.
  11. NRS 179.245.
  12. NRS 179.255.
  13. 8 USC § 1227.

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