Nevada law enforcement officials are required to investigate every claim of domestic violence. If they answer a call of domestic violence, they also are taught to identify the victim and the aggressor. This snap judgment can help keep family members out of potentially dangerous situations, but it can also lead to false or exaggerated claims of domestic violence. It is not unheard of for this to occur in cases where divorce or child custody matters are involved.
Under Nevada law, domestic violence occurs between family members. Family is not rigidly defined as simply being spouses and children. It can also include individuals involved in dating relationships, grandparents, former spouses, or roommates.
Domestic violence can include a wide range of issues and offenses, such as:
- Protective Orders
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Assault and Battery
- Battery Domestic Violence
- Child Abuse/Neglect
- Date Rape
- Domestic Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Spousal Abuse
Domestic violence convictions can have serious repercussions on a person’s life. In addition to potential fines, incarceration, community service or counseling, it can have other unintended consequences. The conviction may appear on background checks, which are frequently conducted for housing and employment opportunities.
Even a simple accusation of domestic violence can have an effect on relationships that the accused may have. While an investigation is ongoing, the alleged victim may try to file an emergency protective order, which would force the accused from the household or from having contact with alleged victim. This underscores the importance of understanding the allegations and consulting with an experienced Las Vegas domestic violence attorney.
To learn more about your legal options after a domestic violence charge, contact the Law Office of Joel M. Mann today. Call 702-474-6266 for an in-depth consultation with an experienced Las Vegas domestic violence attorney.