Updated July 1, 2020
Category C felonies are the third most serious class of felony crimes in Nevada. The maximum punishment Nevada courts may impose is:
- five (5) years in Nevada State Prison, and
- maybe $10,000 in fines
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.
- 1. What are Category A felonies in Nevada?
- 2. What are the penalties for a Category C felony in Nevada?
- 3. Can I get a jury trial for a Category C felony in Nevada?
- 4. Can I get a Category C felony sealed?
- 5. Will I get deported for a Category C felony?
- A third offense of battery domestic violence (that does not result in substantial bodily harm)2
- Grand larceny (if the value of the property is from $5,000 to under $25,000)3
- Buying or receiving stolen goods (if the value of the property is from $5,000 to under $25,000)4
- Cyber-stalking (with use of the internet, text-messaging or similar device)5
- Violating an extended protective order (for protection of children)6
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.
Category C felonies in Clark County carry a sentence of:
- one to five (1 -- 5) years in prison, and
- maybe a fine of up to $10,0008
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
Any person who is charged with a category C felony in Nevada has the right to a trial by jury.10
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 DUI11
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
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.