Murder and Homicide
When it comes to violent crimes, murder is probably the most significant crime anyone can be accused of. The punishments for murder if convicted are the most severe, and can literally cost you your life, whether you are sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. Murder charges are a serious matter and require the unequaled legal skill of a highly experienced, knowledgeable criminal attorney.
There are four different types of homicide that vary based on the circumstances of the case and the act the killer performs.
- First Degree Murder, which is thought out and planned in advance and done deliberately and maliciously, is considered a Category A Felony and is punishable by death or life in prison. Parole might be an option, depending on the aggravating factors that are present within the case.
- Felony-Murder, similar to First Degree Murder, occurs when the defendant commits another felony, such as rape or kidnapping, when the murder occurs. In this case, the murder does not have to be pre-planned or thought out.
- Second Degree Murder, which is charged as a category A Felony punishable by 25 years to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 10 years served.
- Attempted Murder, which does not require death, but, the prosecutor only has to prove that the defendant had every intention of killing someone and that the defendant made preparations for killing that person. If you are facing this charge, you will be looking at a Category B Felony, which holds 2-20 years in prison.
The Defenders attorneys understand that murder charges are often the result of unique situations and circumstances. Many people who are accused of murder are normal people who lead normal lives, have families and jobs or go to school. Sometimes murder is a dreadful mistake, an accident, or something that the defendant never intended to have happen. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the charges against you, we believe that you deserve a vigorous defense.
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If you are arrested and charged with murder, remember that you have the right to speak to your legal counsel first. The Defenders can meet with you to discuss the charges against you and inform you of all of your legal options before you say or do anything. Don’t allow yourself to be intimidated by law enforcement, or assume that there is enough evidence to convict you of murder beyond the shadow of a doubt. You do not have to speak to anyone, and you are not required to give out any information. Speak to your lawyer first!
Manslaughter is defined as the unlawful killing of another person without malice and is punished severely in the State of Nevada. Manslaughter happens when a killing was not premeditated – if there was intent to harm or kill the victim, it may be charged as murder. There are different types of manslaughter, including voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, and vehicular manslaughter. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the crime, if you are convicted of manslaughter, you will face harsh penalties that will have lasting consequences on your life.
For a manslaughter to be considered voluntary, it is defined as “a serious and highly provoking injury inflicted upon the person killing, sufficient to excite an irresistible passion in a reasonable person, or an attempt by the person killed to commit a serious personal injury on the person killing.”
The penalties you are facing in regards to voluntary manslaughter is:
- Category B Felony
- Minimum of 1 year in prison, with the maximum sentence of 10 years
- Fines up to $10,000
Involuntary manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human without the intent to kill them. This results from reckless or criminal negligence and is most commonly found in the case of a DUI that lead to the death of an individual or individuals.
The penalties you are facing in regards to involuntary manslaughter is:
- Category D Felony that can result in 1-4 years in prison
- Fines up to $5,000
Vehicular manslaughter occurs when the killing involves a vehicle of some kind, but this is most often a car. There does not have to be drugs or alcohol involved for this charge, but drug and alcohol involvement is common in relation to a vehicular manslaughter.
The penalties you are facing in regards to vehicular manslaughter is:
- 1 year license suspension
- $1,000 fine
- Up to 6 months is jail
Most manslaughter charges are due to an accident of some kind, and being responsible for the death of another person can be a very upsetting and frightening experience. The Defenders are a group of compassionate, understanding criminal attorneys who will provide you support and sound legal advice in your time of need. We believe that everyone deserves a solid defense, and we will work hard to defend your case aggressively.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is vehicle manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter the same thing?
No, they aren’t. Vehicular manslaughter is when someone causes an unintentional death caused by a vehicle. It does not mean the driver of the car was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Vehicular manslaughter is considered a misdemeanor offense due to the fact that the accident was caused simply because of negligence, a simple mistake, and lack of attention.
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