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Assault is a criminal offense that is often confused with the crime of battery.  Assault and battery are, in fact, two separate and distinct criminal offenses.  Unlike battery, the crime of assault does not require an actual touching of another person.   A person commits the crime of assault if they either attempt to use physical force against another person or if they intentionally place another person in the reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm.  (NRS 200.471(1))  A person who tries to punch another person in the face but misses could be charged with the crime of assault.  Likewise, a person who, while intending to cause fear of a collision, swerves their car at a bicyclist but does not actually hit the bicyclist could be charged with the crime of assault.  There are many other examples of conduct that could qualify as assault; however, the two above examples should be sufficient to explain the differences between assault and battery.
Nevada law creates four different levels of assault.  In Nevada, a person can be charged with simple assault, assault on a protected person, assault by an inmate, parolee, or probationer, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Simple Assault

To be charged with the crime of simple assault a person need only attempt to use physical force against another or intentionally place another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm.  If a person commits the crime of simple assault then they have committed a misdemeanor.  They could be sentenced up to 6 months in jail and/or up to a $1,000.00 fine.  (NRS 200.471(2)(a))


Assault on a Protected Person

Nevada law increases the punishments for a person who commits assault against certain protected classes of people.  A person commits the crime of assault on a protected person if they commit the crime of simple assault on a peace officer, fireman, cab driver, school employee, transit worker, and several other public employees.  If a person commits the crime of assault on a protected person then they have committed a gross misdemeanor and could be sentenced up to 1 year in jail and/or up to a $2,000.00 fine.  (NRS 200.471(2)(c))


Assault by an Inmate, Parolee, or Probationer

Nevada law increases the punishments for a person who, while an inmate, parolee or probationer, commits assault against certain protected classes of people.  A person who, while an inmate, parolee or probationer, commits the crime of simple assault on a peace officer, fireman, cab driver, school employee, transit worker, and several other public employees is guilty of a category D felony.  If a person commits the crime of assault by an inmate, parolee, or probationer then they could be sentenced to prison for 1 to 4 years and up to a $5,000.00 fine.  (NRS 200.471(2)(d))


Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Nevada law reserves the harshest punishment for people who commit the crime of assault with a deadly weapon.  It is not required that the person actually use a deadly weapon rather the person can either use a deadly weapon or have the present ability to use a deadly weapon.  A person commits the crime of assault with a deadly weapon if they commit the crime of simple assault with the use of a deadly weapon or with the present ability to use a deadly weapon.  Assault with a deadly weapon is a category B felony.  If a person commits the crime of assault with a deadly weapon then they could be sentenced to prison for 1 to 6 years and up to a $5,000.00 fine.  (NRS 200.471(2)(b))

If you, or someone you know, has been arrested for a Las Vegas assault then it is important that you hire a criminal defense lawyer Las Vegas to represent you in court.  An experienced attorney can mean the difference between freedom and prison.

If you need a Las Vegas assault lawyer then call us today.  Paul J. Adras, Esq. is an experienced and aggressive Las Vegas criminal attorney.  Likewise, Steven M. Altig, Esq. is an experienced and aggressive Las Vegas criminal lawyer.  Adras & Altig handle Las Vegas assault, North Las Vegas assault, Henderson assault, Boulder City assault, Moapa Valley assault, Goodsprings assault, Searchlight assault, Laughlin assault, Pahrump assault, Tonopah assault, and assaults in many other cities in Southern and Northern Nevada.  If you've been charged with a crime then you need to hire experienced and aggressive legal representation.  You need to hire Adras & Altig, Attorneys at Law.

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