Substantial Bodily Harm

Criminal Defense

Domestic Violence with Substantial Bodily Harm

What is Substantial Bodily Harm?

Nevada law defines “substantial bodily harm” as either bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ; or causes prolonged physical pain.

Scared woman with injuries and domestic abuser in bedroom.
Man with facial injuries at home from domestic abuse violence


Battery Domestic Violence with Substantial Bodily Harm is a Category C Felony that carries the following penalty:

  • 1 to 5 years in prison, and
  • Fine up to $10,000.


You can claim self-defense if you reasonably believed you faced an urgent or pressing threat of bodily harm, and used no more violence then necessary to protect yourself.

False Statements

If you did not commit battery, but the alleged victim made a false statement to the police, then you are not guilty. A skilled attorney is necessary to show the court that the alleged victim was not honest and that the victim’s testimony is false.

Accidental Contact

​A person who never intended to make contact with the victim is not guilty of battery domestic violence. In other words, if the contact was due to an accident, then a charge should not stand.

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Your case is unique with different facts, people, and circumstances. Defenses not listed here could apply to your case. During your consultation, Jherna will evaluate your case and begin working on your defense. Call Your Domestic Violence Defender at 702-625-7551 for a FREE consultation.