Felony in Nevada

There are 3 categories of crimes in Nevada. They are classified as felonies, gross misdemeanors and misdemeanors.


  • Misdemeanors

These are sometimes referred to as “simple” misdemeanors and are the least serious crimes. Misdemeanors do not have jury trials. Rather, they go through what is referred to as bench trials. The judge alone will make the determination of guilty or innocence after the evidence and testimony is presented by the prosecutor and the defense attorney. The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor is up to 6 months in jail and up to a $1000 fine.


  • Gross Misdemeanor

Nevada is one of the few states that have this category of crime. It is what it sounds like, more serious than a misdemeanor but less serious than a felony. The maximum penalty for a gross misdemeanor is up to 12 months in jail and up to a $2000 fine.


  • Felony Definition

Felonies are the most serious crimes. According to the Nevada Revised Statutes any crime which can be punished over a year in prison is a felony.

Categories of Felony in Nevada

In Nevada, felonies can be grouped into 5 categories. These are category A, B, C, D and E. Each of these categories have different levels of punishment depending on the crime committed.

  • Category A

These are the most serious crimes. All of them carry a potential life sentence in prison and the death penalty is still the current law in Nevada for some murder cases.

The common category A felonies are murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, and high level drug trafficking.

  • Category B

This category has many more common crimes. Punishments range from up to 6 yrs to up to 20 yrs in prison depending on the charge.

The common category B felonies are burglary, home invasion, grand larceny, robbery, ex-felon possession of a firearm, coercion, battery with a deadly weapon, forgery laboratories, transport of controlled substance, and other drug trafficking charges.

  • Category C

Punishment for category C felonies are up to 5 years in prison. In Nevada, a minimum and a maximum sentence is always given for prison sentences. If a person is sent to prison, starting with this category of felony you may receive “good time” off of the front end (minimum number) and back end (maximum number) which means you can be eligible for parole BEFORE you complete your minimum number.

The common category C felonies are battery resulting in substantial bodily harm, battery domestic violence with strangulation, stalking, possession of stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, pandering, and any category B felony that are “attempts” of that crime.

All of these offenses but for the crimes with the domestic violence component qualify for probation.

  • Category D

Punishment for category D crimes are up to 4 years in prison. These also qualify for good time off of both ends of the sentence if the person is sent to prison.

The common category D felonies are forgery, property crimes, and any category C felony that are “attempts” of that crime.

  • Category E

These are the least serious felonies. In most cases, the punishment is mandatory probation. The prison sentence if imposed is that same as category D felonies, 1 to 4 years.

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What felonies can be sealed?

Sealing is the process through which convictions are removed from public records. In Nevada, if you have your record sealed you can legally deny you ever committed that offense. Each category has a different time limit before you are eligible to seal the record.

Is it possible for someone to get deported for felony?

Many felonies qualify for mandatory deportation. An experienced attorney in criminal cases will also know which felonies may allow for his client to NOT get deported.


Daniel Lippmann at LIPP LAW has years of experience fighting all types of Nevada Felony Charges.

We practice in all the local Clark County courts, including the Regional Justice Center in downtown Las Vegas.