Category A Felony in Nevada (NRS 193.130)


Category A felonies are the most serious class of Nevada crimes. The court may impose life in Nevada State Prison, and possibly death in a first-degree murder case.

Sometimes the prosecutor will be willing to plea bargain a category A charge down to a lesser felony charge. If the defendant does not accept the D.A.'s offer to settle, the defendant may demand a jury trial

Category A felonies can be sealed only once ten (10) years have passed since the case ended.  Aliens charged with category A felonies face certain deportation unless the case gets thrown out or changed to a non-deportable crime.

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

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The most serious crimes in Nevada are category A felonies.

1. What are Category A felonies in Nevada?

Category A felonies in Nevada comprise the most egregious offenses.1 Some of these include:

2. What are the penalties?

Category A felonies carry either of the following sentences in Nevada:

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  • death (only in first-degree murder cases), or
  • life in prison without the possibility of parole, or
  • life in prison with the possibility of parole7

Remember that a criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate a resolution where a category A felony charge gets significantly reduced to a lesser charge.

3. Is a person entitled to a jury trial?

Yes, everyone charged with a category A felony in Nevada may have a jury trial.8

4. Can a category A felony record be sealed?

Nevada law mandates a ten (10) year waiting period to get category A felonies sealed. But if the category A felony was for a sex crime, crime against a child or felony DUI, the case can never get sealed.9

Certainly, category A felony charges that get dismissed can be sealed immediately because there is no finding of guilt.10

5. Do these crimes lead to deportation?

Any immigrant facing category A felony charges in Nevada will certainly face removal if they are ultimately convicted. This is because all category A felonies in Nevada qualify as aggravated felonies, which are deportable.11

Therefore, aliens accused of category A felonies should hire counsel to try to get the charge changed to a non-removable offense. Learn more about the criminal defense of immigrants in Nevada.

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If you have been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, our Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorneys want to try to get your charges reduced or dismissed. Contact us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a free phone meeting to discuss your case.

Legal References

  1. NRS 193.130.
  2. NRS 200.030.
  3. NRS 200.310.
  4. NRS 200.366.
  5. NRS 200.710 and NRS 200.720.
  6. NRS 200.481.
  7. NRS 193.130.
  8. U.S. Constitution, Sixth Amendment.
  9. NRS 179.245.
  10. NRS 179.255.
  11. 8 USC § 1227.

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