Former NFL player Jerramy Stevens was arrested recently for Battery Domestic Violence. Police responded to a call about an altercation between Stevens and his new wife, Hope Solo. When they arrived, police noticed that Solo's elbow was bleeding. Solo, a gold medal winning soccer star, has vehemently denied that Stevens battered her on that occasion (or any other occasion). Charges were later dismissed after a judge found insufficient evidence to hold the football star.
Battery Domestic Violence is a very serious charge. Domestic Violence is considered a
Violent Offense and a conviction for Battery Domestic Violence can have substantial personal and professional consequences. A conviction for Battery Domestic Violence can result in up to six (6) months in jail (including a minimum mandatory jail sentence), community service, heavy fines and extensive weekly counseling for between six (6) months and one (1) year.
A Battery Domestic Violence conviction can also have devastating effects on child custody matters. In Nevada, a person convicted of Battery Domestic Violence is at a substantial disadvantage in child custody matters. A person who has been convicted of Battery Domestic Violence also cannot own or possess a firearm.
Prosecutors in Las Vegas will not dismiss a Domestic Battery charge simply because a victim doesn't want to proceed. Prosecutors view this as part of the "Cycle of Violence" and are therefore dismissive of legitimate requests to drop charges. As a result, if you are arrested or charged with a domestic violence-related crime, it is important to get a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to assist you through the criminal justice system.
If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with Battery Domestic Violence, it is important to contact a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney right away. The Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyers at Brown Law Offices have extensive experience in handling Domestic Violence cases, and can assist you in analyzing the facts of your case, identifying applicable defenses and developing the most effective defense strategy possible to protect your legal rights.