Battery Defense Lawyers in Reno, NV
Over 100 Years of Combined Experience
Battery convictions in Nevada can result in a 6-month jail sentence and up to a $1,000 fine. Some defendants may receive 200 hours of community service instead of jail. However, if battery was committed against a police officer, school employee, hospital employee, or other members of Nevada’s “protected class,” then a defendant is facing up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine, or 600 hours of community service.
If you have been accused of battery, it is important that you speak to a criminal defense attorney who can help you protect your rights and freedom. A conviction for battery can result in serious long-term consequences; when you work with Fahrendorf, Viloria, Oliphant & Oster L.L.P., our Reno criminal defense attorneys will do everything possible to limit or eliminate the penalties you face.
Call (775) 284-8888 as soon as possible to schedule a consultation with our Reno attorneys.
Clients trust our firm because we:
- Have 100+ years of combined experience
- Pool our insight and skills to prepare cases
- Are rated AV® Preeminent for legal ability and ethics
- Limit our caseload to focus our resources on your case
How Does Nevada Law Define Battery?
Battery under Nevada law is the willful and unlawful use of force or violence against another person. Battery can be a simple push or grab, and does not require intent to cause harm or injury to the person. The Nevada Supreme Court has held that spitting on another person can be considered battery. Battery is considered a crime of violence and can impact employment and the right to carry a concealed weapon.
Possible Battery Defenses
Self-defense is the most common defense to battery charges; if we can show that you acted in response to a serious threat, we can effectively challenge the case the authorities have built against you. Acting in the defense of others is another effective legal argument.
It is important that you consult with a qualified attorney before making any statement to law enforcement if you are a suspect in a battery case. You should also photograph any marks or bruises that you suffer as a result of defending yourself to assist your lawyer in defense of the case.
If you are a suspect or arrested for battery in the Reno-Sparks area, call our firm at (775) 284-8888 to protect your rights. Schedule a consultation with a Reno criminal defense lawyer using our online contact form.