One of the most prevalent crimes in Nevada is Domestic Violence. It is one of the number one reported crimes here in Las Vegas and has a team of District Attorneys dedicated to prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.
One of the most common situations is where the victim (usually a spouse, or live in girl or boyfriend) calls the police complaining of Domestic Violence. The alleged aggressor is than arrested and court proceedings begin. Usually at this point the Victim and Defendant have made up, come to terms, and decided they do not want to proceed. Unfortunately, once the DA's office has accepted the case, it is no longer up to the Victim to proceed or not.
By the point that the case goes to trial the DA office already has a police report from the arresting officers, pictures of the injuries, and a statement from the Victim. Usually, this is enough for them to continue whether the Victim wishes to cooperate or not. At this point, the Defendant must tread carefully. It is important that they hire a lawyer and stay out of trouble during the case. Any more incidents of violence or domestic battery could result in severe penalties should the cases go to court.
If you or someone you know is being charged with domestic violence, retain an experienced Las Vegas criminal defense attorney today by calling the firm or filling out a contact form for a free consultation.