Domestic Violence Increases Over the Holidays

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Domestic violence doesn’t take a holiday. In fact, the holiday season brings about a dramatic increase in domestic violence cases throughout Las Vegas and the surrounding areas of Clark County, Nevada.

Domestic violence increases over the holidays for a variety of reasons including:

  1. Families spend more time together;
  2. Families travel for holiday gatherings to another city or state;
  3. Extended relatives gather together for holiday celebrations;
  4. Individuals increase their consumption of alcohol and drugs during this time period; and
  5. Financial stress increases with gift buying and spending for entertainment.

The combination of family and celebration also causes tempers to flare and arguments to ensue. In addition to an increase in the number of arrests for domestic violence, the courts also see an increase in petitions for protection against domestic violence during the holiday season and into the New Year.

Law enforcement officers in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas in Clark County, NV, treat any violence within a family seriously. According to the Violence Policy Center, until recently, Nevada had been ranked in the top ten for about two decades for the most females murdered by men in domestic violence cases.

An allegation of domestic violence often results in a misdemeanor charge of battery under NRS 200.485 (often called “domestic violence battery”). The misdemeanor charge is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or 180 days in jail.

Misdemeanor domestic violence cases that occur within the city of Las Vegas are prosecuted by the City Attorney’s Office. If the case involves a dangerous weapon or serious injury then a felony charge of domestic violence can occur.

The Clark County District Attorney’s Office, prosecutes all felony cases and any misdemeanor cases that occur outside of the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City and Mesquite.

Under Nevada law, related charges can include: violations of protective or restraining orders, stalking, aggravated stalking, spousal abuse, domestic violence battery with strangulation, domestic assault, aggravated domestic assault, sexual assault, and kidnapping.

Attorney Joel Mann represents clients charged with felony and misdemeanor domestic violence charges throughout Las Vegas, Mesquite, Boulder City, and North Las Vegas, NV.

Joel Mann is particularly experienced with the tactics used by officers in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and other area agencies.

If you need an experienced criminal defense attorney focused on defending domestic violence charges in Las Vegas, NV, then contact the Law Office of Joel M. Mann to discuss your case today.

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