Misdemeanor in Nevada
Criminal offenses vary in severity, ranging from Class 3 Misdemeanors to Class 1 Felonies. The severity of the crime and the number of criminal offenses determine the classification of the crime. Different states are classified differently. A crime may be classified as a misdemeanor in one state while a felony in another. Misdemeanors in Nevada are classified into three types.
A Class 1 Misdemeanor is the most serious category of misdemeanor, followed by a Class 2 Misdemeanor. The lowest level of offense, including felonies, is a Class 3 Misdemeanor. Misdemeanor crimes in Nevada include driving under the influence for the first time, traffic offenses, driving under the influence for the second time, vandalism, shoplifting, criminal property damage, driving while intoxicated, trespassing, disorderly conduct, simple assault, simple battery, and resisting arrest. The third offense of drunk driving can result in a felony conviction rather than a misdemeanor conviction.
Misdemeanors are criminal convictions that carry a maximum sentence of twelve months in a county jail. As a result, if a person is charged with two or three misdemeanors at the same time, he or she will almost always serve them consecutively. For example, a person may be charged with vandalism, shoplifting, and battery all at once, with convictions of three months, six months, and eight months, resulting in a total of seventeen months in a county jail. In some facilities, crimes are not always served consecutively, and individuals are released early for good behavior.
Fines are frequently imposed in addition to jail sentences. These differ depending on the severity of the crime and the misdemeanor classification.
Felons, like misdemeanors, are classified into degrees and include capital offenses. These are classified as Class 1 Felonies through Class 6 Felonies. Class 1 felonies are the most serious and carry the maximum penalty of life in prison. In terms of severity, Class 6 felonies are only one step above Class 1 misdemeanors. Robbery, arson, burglary, rape, murder, homicide, sexual abuse, manslaughter, and aggravated assault are all felonies.
Misdemeanors and felonies are determined by a variety of factors, including an individual’s background. If an offender has previous criminal convictions, particularly those that meet the same criteria as the new offense, a crime that was previously classified as a Class 2 Misdemeanor will now be classified as a Class 1 Misdemeanor.
Expungement is the legal removal of previous criminal records. This allows an individual to legally claim that he or she was never arrested for a crime. This is useful when applying for new jobs, professional licensing, educational grants, and performing credit checks. In Nevada, unlike in other states, certain felonies can be expunged under certain conditions. After fifteen years from the date of release from custody or discharge from probation or parole, Class 1 and 2 felonies may be eligible. After twelve years from the date of release from custody or discharge from parole or probation, Class 3 and 4 felonies can be expunged. Class 5 and 6 felonies, as well as most misdemeanors, can be expunged after ten years under the same conditions.