Charges for Assault and Battery (NRS 200.471 and NRS 200.481, respectively) are misdemeanors. However, it’s important to understand that even a misdemeanor conviction for assault or battery is considered a serious crime of violence.
There is a common misconception that “assault” and “battery” are the same criminal offense. I’m here to tell you that this is not true. Assault is more like “attempted battery.” Meaning if you are punched then you have been battered, but if you feel that you are about to be punched then you have been assaulted, even if the punch never occurs.
Assault and Battery can be considered minor misdemeanors in Nevada if the circumstances are not serious. However, if the accused uses weapons, or directs violence towards the police, then the accused may be subject to much harsher penalties. If you are an immigrant or other non-citizen then some assault and battery crimes may be grounds for deportation. Having a misdemeanor crime of violence on your record, like assault and battery, can prevent you from getting a good job, keeping your existing job, or can prevent you from obtaining or keeping a professional license
The key elements in the above criteria are intent, awareness, and unlawful force. It’s also worth noting that assault and battery do not need to result in injury for someone to be accused and/or convicted of them in Nevada.