Understanding Nevada Felony Classes and Sentences
A felony is a very serious crime that is punishable by one or more years in prison. Nevada has organized their felony convictions into categories – ranging from Category A to E. Category A is considered the most serious, while Category E is the least.
The Categories of Felonies
The categories, also referred to as the classes, are what are used to determine sentencing. These come with their own minimum mandatory sentences; therefore, it is important to understand what they are and how they could affect your case.
- Category A Felony – This includes first-degree and second-degree murder. It also includes first-degree kidnapping, the use or promotion of child pornography, all sexual assault, and battery with the intent of performing a sexual assault or battery that results in serious bodily harm.
- Category B Felony – This includes assault with a deadly weapon, battery with the intent to kill, and possession of child pornography.
- Category C Felony – This includes the purchase or receipt of stolen goods (valued at more than $250 but still less than $2500), violating any restraining orders, and stalking via the internet, in-person, or via text message.
- Category D Felony – This includes crimes like arson, manslaughter, and third-degree manslaughter.
- Category E Felony – This includes crimes that are the result of gang activity, as well as the solicitation for the purpose of prostitution.
Sentences per Category
Each category comes with potential sentence periods. Category A carries the harshest penalties, while Category E carries the least.
- Category A Punishments – Life without the possibility of parole, life with the possibility of parole, or the death penalty.
- Category B Punishments – Maximum sentence of eight to 20 years in prison and fines.
- Category C Punishments – Maximum sentence of two to five years and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Category D Punishments – Maximum sentence of 19 months to four years and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Category E Punishments – Possible prison sentence of one to four years, but often a suspended sentence and probation of one year.
Arrested for a Felony? You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney
Depending on the circumstances of your case, your crime could be a capital offense (Category A) or minor felony, each coming with serious consequences. If you are convicted of a felony, you could lose your right to carry a firearm and run for office; it will be increasingly difficult to get a job, apply for housing, or even receive certain forms of financial aid.
If you have been arrested for a felony, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney. Contact the criminal defense attorneys at De Castroverde Law Group today. We offer no-obligation consultations and can help you explore your options. We are dedicated to treating every client like our family – so come meet with us today. Call us at (702) 222-9999 or feel free to fill out an online contact form.