NRS 193.130 Categories and punishment of felonies.
A category A felony is a felony for which a sentence of death or imprisonment in the state prison for life with or without the possibility of parole may be imposed.
Category A felonies are the most serious of all crimes in Nevada. The sentencing may include life in the Nevada Department Of Corrections, and possibly The death penalty in a first-degree murder case. Examples of Category A felonies include first and second-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault resulting in substantial bodily harm.
Sometimes the prosecutor will be willing to negotiate a category A charge down to a lesser felony charge. If the defendant does not accept the D.A.’s offer to settle, the defendant may demand a jury trial.
Category A felonies can be sealed only once ten (10) years have passed since the case ended. Aliens charged with category A felonies face certain deportation unless the case gets thrown out or changed to a non-deportable crime.
All category A felonies in Nevada carry a life sentence. Some have the possibility of parole. Only first-degree murder may carry the death penalty.
1. What are Category A felonies in Nevada?
Category A felonies in Nevada comprise the most egregious offenses.1 Some of these include:
2. What are the penalties?
Category A felonies carry either of the following sentences in Nevada:
Remember that a criminal defense attorney may be able to negotiate a resolution where a category A felony charge gets significantly reduced to a lesser charge.
3. Is a person entitled to a jury trial?
Yes, everyone charged with a category A felony in Nevada may have a jury trial.8
Jury trials are available to category A felony defendants in Nevada.
4. Can a category A felony record be sealed?
Nevada law mandates a ten (10) year waiting period to get category A felonies sealed. But if the category A felony was for a sex crime, crime against a child or felony DUI, the case can never get sealed.
Certainly, category A felony charges that get dismissed can be sealed immediately because there is no finding of guilt.
5. Do these crimes lead to deportation?
Any immigrant facing category A felony charges in Nevada will certainly face removal if they are ultimately convicted. This is because all category A felonies in Nevada qualify as aggravated felonies, which are deportable.
Therefore, aliens accused of category A felonies should hire counsel to try to get the charge changed to a non-removable offense. Learn more about the criminal defense of immigrants in Nevada.
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