Domestic violence cases are a common occurrence anywhere, but Nevada has the dubious distinction of being its poster boy. Data from Everytown Research shows that a domestic violence victim in the state is 65% more likely to be fatally shot by assailants during a domestic violence struggle, while the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence rates Nevada as the top state according to domestic violence fatalities.
This notability is a reason why Nevada takes its domestic violence cases seriously, with law enforcement being quick to react to any reported incident. What happens after a domestic battery arrest in the state can be considered routine: from the arrest and booking, up to the arraignment and plea entry and, if a not guilty plea is offered, the trial itself. What is significant, however, is what a conviction would entail for the accused:
- For a first offense within 7 years: Misdemeanor charge, 2 days to 6 months in jail, 48 to 120 hours community service, $200 to $1,000 in fines, and a brief domestic battery counseling course
- For a second offense within 7 years: Misdemeanor charge, 10 days to 6 months in jail, 100 to 200 hours community service, $500 to $1,000 in fines, and an extensive domestic battery counseling course
- For a third offense within 7 years: Category C felony charge, 1 to 5 years in jail, and $10,000 in fines