Classifications of Criminal Violations
In the state of Nevada, crimes are classified into three major categories. While all criminal charges are serious and must be dealt with in an aggressive manner, misdemeanor crimes carry the least severe penalties. Generally misdemeanor crimes are punishable by:
- Up to six months in jail,
- A fine up to $1,000.00, and/or
- Community service
Gross misdemeanors are more serious offenses and are generally punishable by:
- Up to one year in jail, and/or
- A fine of up to $2,000.00.
Felonies are the most serious offenses. Depending on the severity of the crime, felonies are generally punishable by:
- At least one year in state prison, and possibly
- A substantial fine
There are numerous felony crimes that could lead to a substantially longer prison sentence which could be up to life in prison. First degree murder is the most severe crime and is punishable by life imprisonment or death.
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