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