Nevada "Assault and Battery" Laws

Many people do not know that "assault" and "battery" are entirely different crimes in Nevada. In fact, assault is like an attempted battery. For example, if someone punches you, you have been battered. But if someone lifts his/her fist to punch you, causing you to reasonably believe you are about to be punched, then you are just being assaulted because no actual physical contact is taking place.

In this section of our Nevada criminal law website, our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions about the what assault and battery are in Nevada, how to fight charges of assault and battery in Nevada, and whether you can go to jail or prison for assault and battery in Nevada. Click on a topic below to go directly to that article:

  1. Definition of assault and battery in Nevada

  2. Defenses to assault and battery in Nevada

  3. Penalties for assault and battery in Nevada

Note that assault and battery can be prosecuted as either misdemeanors in Nevada or felonies in Nevada depending on the severity of the circumstances. Situations involving deadly weapons, strangulation, or substantial bodily harm in Nevada to the victim automatically result in felony charges. And if you are an immigrant or other non-citizen, some assault or battery convictions may be deportable crimes in Nevada.

In addition, crimes of assault and battery committed on airplanes can be punished under federal law.

Also, see our article on assault with a deadly weapon.

Schedule a free consultation with our Las Vegas assault and battery lawyers by calling us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673).

Arrested in California? Go to our information page on California assault & battery laws. For information on Nevada sexual harassment laws, go to our page on Nevada sexual harassment laws. Also see our article on Nevada hazing laws (NRS 200.605).

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