Battery domestic violence, also known as domestic battery and often shortened to BDV, is a serious criminal charge that often results in jail time. In addition, if you are convicted of BDV, even for the first time, you can lose your right to own or possess a firearm. The penalties for this crime are severe, but LBC can help.

Battery Domestic Violence Allegations Explained--Nevada Specific

Battery Domestic Violence is commonly referred to as simply domestic violence or BDV. Battery Domestic Violence can be defined as an aggressive or harmful act committed against someone who has a close relationship with the offender. The relationship must be current or have been within a period of time since the abuse occurred. Examples of these relationships include:

  • Spouses or ex-spouses

  • Parents and children

  • Roommates

  • Boyfriend/girlfriends (who are not married)

The Process of a Clark County Battery Domestic Violence Case

  • A battery domestic violence case is defined as a physical altercation between two people who are or have been in an intimate relationship. It's important to note that the relationship does not have to be a current one.

  • The charges can be brought by the alleged victim or by the police.

  • The charges are filed with the district or city attorney's office, where they will either be accepted or rejected by the judge for prosecution. If accepted, the defendant will be notified and given notice of their court date to appear before a judge.

  • If you were no longer at the scene of the alleged incident, the court may issue an arrest warrant. You may not even know if you have a warrant out for your arrest. Call us and we can help locate a warrant.

  • It is important to note that once the cops investigate and determine that probable cause for arrest exists, the alleged victim CANNOT withdraw or rescind those charges. At that point, the government is the only entity who can decide to proceed or drop charges in regards to prosecution.

  • North Las Vegas criminal courts are different from Henderson Criminal Cases and Las Vegas Criminal Courts....That's why you need attorneys who have practiced in all courts all across the Vegas Valley!

Plea Negotiations - An Option for Resolving Your Las Vegas Battery Domestic Violence Case

In Clark County, plea negotiation is a process by which the prosecutor and defense attorney come to an agreement about the facts of your case, as well as your sentence.

The benefits of entering into a plea negotiation are that it can resolve certain issues that would otherwise be difficult to resolve for you or others involved in your case. For example, if you have children, you may not want them to have to potentially testify and/or otherwise relive the incident. Or, you may simply get an offer you cannot refuse, or want to avoid going through a trial process. In this instance, a plea deal might be a good option for you.

However, when considering whether or not to enter into a plea negotiation with the prosecution:

  • Think carefully about what they’re offering; don't accept their first offer without discussing it with an experienced attorney who knows battery domestic violence laws in Nevada (like our team).

  • Prosecutors may try to convince you that they're being generous with their offer. However, they may be offering something more serious than what they would actually accept if our lawyers are handling the case. You may be nervous when standing in front of the judge. It's often beneficial to have an attorney speak for you.

  • Entering a plea that is not favorable could cause great harm to you both financially and emotionally. Having a BDV on your record could affect job prospects; therefore it's important not only for yourself but also for those around you and who depend on you.

  • Further, if you are convicted of domestic violence in the Las Vegas Valley, you are no longer able to lawfully own a firearm.

  • Be aware of how long any potential sentences will last before deciding whether or not entering into negotiations makes sense. You will want to consider all factors involved, including prior convictions/criminal history etc...

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Trial and Defense Options for Henderson and/or Las Vegas Battery Domestic Violence

In addition to a trial, there are several other ways you and LBC can fight the charges. Some of these options include:

  • Negotiating a plea deal. The Clark County prosecutor may be willing to reduce your charge if you plead guilty or no contest. You should talk with an attorney about this option before agreeing to anything.

  • Hiring a Nevada attorney who is familiar with domestic violence cases to help you fight the charges in court—for example, by trying to get evidence dismissed or arguing that there was self-defense involved in your actions.

  • Did you know that with battery domestic charges, you have a right to trial in front of a jury of your peers, even if it is a misdemeanor? The Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas prosecutor will have to prove each and every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt for you to be convicted. Our attorneys have years of experience in court and in trial to help you fight these charges.

Should I hire an attorney to help me fight my battery domestic violence charges?

If you have been charged with battery domestic violence, it is important that you seek out the assistance of an experienced Las Vegas attorney. Nevada criminal defense attorneys can help you understand the charges against you and explore options for fighting them. An experienced, Nevada licensed criminal attorney may be able to negotiate a dismissal or reduction in your charges, or work toward having them dismissed altogether.

Your lawyer will also go over the process involved with defending against these types of crimes and what to expect in court, which can make the entire ordeal much easier on everyone involved.

When you are charged in Clark County with battery domestic violence, it is important that you contact an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who can advise you on the best way to defend against or resolve these charges.


An LBC Law Group criminal defense attorney can help you understand the charges and the process, as well as negotiate a plea deal and prepare for trial. The consequences of a conviction can be severe. It is critical that you take these issues very seriously and consult with an experienced attorney immediately to discuss your options.

We hope that reading this has helped you understand the ins and outs of battery domestic violence cases in Las Vegas, Henderson and all over the Las Vegas Valley. If you are facing these charges, contact LBC today so we can help guide you through the process.