What is a Felony?
Felony charges in Nevada are reserved for the most severe of crimes. Any crime that is punishable by death or state imprisonment is a felony (NRS 193.120). A felony charge carries with it a minimum of one year in state prison as well as a blemish on your record, which can affect you for the rest of your life.
How Are Felonies Categorized?
In Nevada, felonies are charged in a category from A to E; ranging from most, to least severe.
Category A Felonies
A Category A felony, the most serious, is a felony which imposes a sentence of death or incarceration in state prison for life with or without the possibility of parole (NRS 193.190). Category A felonies typically involve a homicide, forcible sex, holding a person against their will, a crime involving a child, or a large amount of drugs.
- Types Of Category A Felonies
- Murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, lewdness with a minor, and high level drug trafficking are some of the type of crimes included in Category A felonies.
Category B Felonies
A Category B felony is an offense that carries up to twenty years in prison.(NRS 193.190)
- Types Of Category B Felonies
- Category B felonies include conspiracy to commit murder, robbery, battery with a deadly weapon, burglary, grand larceny (theft of an item worth more than $3,500), and the sale of schedule I drugs.
Category C Felonies
A Category C felony imposes a punishment of at least one year and a maximum of five years in prison. The court also has the discretion of imposing a fine of up to $10,000 (NRS 193.190).
- Types Of Category C Felonies
- Category C felonies include failure to register as a sex offender, counterfeiting, battery with substantial bodily harm, trafficking more than 100 pounds of marijuana but less than 2,000 pounds, and theft (items valued at more than $650 but less than $3,500).
Category D Felonies
A Category D felony carries with it a minimum punishment of one year in prison and a maximum of four years in prison. A fine of up to $5,000 may also be imposed (NRS 193.190).
- Types Of Category D Felonies
- Living off the earnings of a prostitute, assault on a taxicab driver, forging the state seal, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and forgery of a credit or debit card are just a few of Nevada’s Category D felonies.
Category E Felonies
Category E felonies are punishable by a minimum of one year in prison and a maximum of four years in prison. With Category E felonies, the Court must grant probation, unless certain circumstances exist regarding that person’s criminal history, then the Court has the discretion to not grant probation.[ NRS 193.190(e), 176A.100.]
- Types Of Category E Felonies
- Category E felonies include possession of schedule I drugs (first and second offense); the manufacturing, delivery, sale, or possession of drug paraphernalia; and criminal gang recruitment.
Retain an experienced criminal defense attorney
The offenses listed above are only a handful of the crimes that can be charged as felonies in Nevada, which is why it is essential for you to “lawyer-up.” Not only does a felony affect your criminal record but it can have serious repercussions on your employment opportunities, family welfare, and overall quality of life. While felony statutes impose lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines, a quality lawyer can help navigate through the system and potentially negotiate a lesser charge. Here at Almase Law we will guide you through the evidence, conduct witness interviews, visit the scene of the alleged crime, and answer any and all of your questions. We will develop a strategy and commit ourselves to getting you the most favorable result possible. Whether you decide to enter a guilty plea, or pursue your case to trial, we will make sure that every aspect of your case is fully explored and that you will know exactly what to expect. If you have been charged with a felony, do not hesitate, and call us immediately.