"Category D Felonies" in Nevada (NRS 193.130)

Category D felonies are the fourth most serious class of felony crimes in Nevada. The maximum penalty is:

Depending on the case, a defense attorney may be able to plea bargain a category D charge down to a reduced offense or get it dropped completely. If the prosecutor refuses to settle, the defendant may pursue a jury trial

Category D convictions may usually be sealed five (5) years after the case closes. Under certain circumstances, aliens convicted of category D felonies risk being deported from the U.S.

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

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Category D felonies are the second least-serious class of felonies.

1. What are Category D felonies in Nevada?

Category D crimes in Nevada are the most minor class of felonies, second to category E felonies.1 Some examples of category D felonies are:

Note that attempting to commit a category D felony is prosecuted as a "wobbler" crime. Wobblers can be treated as either a category E felony or a gross misdemeanor.6 Learn more about Nevada wobbler offenses.

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

Category D felonies in Nevada carry the following sentencing scheme:

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  • one to four (1 - 4) years in prison, and
  • maybe a fine of up to $5,0007

When Nevada judges order a sentence range for a Nevada felony conviction, the minimum time is not allowed to exceed 40% of the maximum time. For example if a judge imposes three (3) years in prison, the minimum time must be no more than 14.4 months, which is 40% of three (3) years.8

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

Yes. Defendants facing charges for category D felonies in Nevada may request a jury trial.9

4. Can I get a Category D felony sealed?

A Nevada court can seal a category D felony conviction once five (5) years pass from the case's end. But felony "crimes of violence" may not be sealed until ten (10) years have passed since the case's end.

Furthermore, Nevada courts may never seal a category D felony if it was a:

  • sex offense,
  • crime against a child, or
  • felony DUI10

There is no waiting period in Nevada to seal category D felony charges that resulted in a dismissal (no conviction).11

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

Non-citizens convicted of certain category D felonies may be removed from American soil if the offenses qualify as crimes involving moral turpitude or aggravated felonies. But if the charge can be dismissed or changed to a non-removable crime, the threat of deportation may vanish.12 Learn more about immigration law at our informational page on the criminal defense of immigrants in Nevada.

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Legal References:

  1. NRS 193.130.
  2. NRS 200.070.
  3. NRS 205.090.
  4. NRS 205.130.
  5. NRS 205.010.
  6. NRS 193.330.
  7. NRS 193.130.
  8. Id.
  9. U.S. Constitution, Sixth Amendment.
  10. NRS 179.245.
  11. NRS 179.255.
  12. 8 USC § 1227.

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