On May 30th, at around 3:45 P.M., police were informed about a fight occurring in the middle of a roadway in downtown Las Vegas. According to initial reports, two men were having an altercation on the road before authorities were called out to the scene. Once police arrived, they discovered a male suffering from multiple stab wounds.
Emergency medical personnel attempted to initiate life-saving medical procedures, but the individual was unfortunately declared deceased at the scene. Medics reported that the person was suffering from multiple stab wounds.
According to witnesses in the area, a male suspect reportedly stabbed the victim multiple times before fleeing away by foot. At that point, the injured victim stumbled onto the roadway, and a bystander called police to the area. The whole incident occurred in the middle of A Street, nearby Washington Avenue.
When Assault Turns Fatal
In Las Vegas, assault is defined as attempting to use force against another person or putting another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm. Simple assault is a misdemeanor charge, but those charges can quickly get upgraded into battery if you deliberately touched another person in an unlawful way.
What’s more, when a deadly weapon is used, the charge against you will increase in severity regardless of whether bodily injury resulted from the incident or not.
Assault with a deadly weapon is considered a Category B felony, which comes with a sentence of up to six years in prison. Battery, on the other hand, which often results in substantial bodily harm to the victim, is an automatic felony regardless of whether a deadly weapon was used or not.
Of course, when the victim is seriously injured or they pass away as a result of the crime, the charges against the perpetrator become much more serious. Second-degree murder, under Nevada law, happens when someone is unintentionally killed due to the recklessness of someone else. In general, a killing that’s not premeditated or committed during the commission of another crime is usually charged as either second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, or another similar type of crime.
Can You Defend Yourself Against Fatal Assault, Battery, or Murder Charges?
When you get charged with a crime, you always have the legal right to defend yourself against the allegations. Since laws are complicated and defense strategies often aren’t obvious to the accused even when they’re innocent, it’s usually always in your best interests to hire a legal representative to help you better understand your charges, the potential defenses you can use, and your rights moving forward.
When a fatality has occurred, the most common defense strategy is to argue self-defense. If you were in reasonable fear that your life was in danger, then the law allows you to use deadly force to protect yourself and others. It’s also possible to argue that the death was an accident, or that you’re not the culprit responsible for the crime. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, other defense strategies might be useful, too.
To get fully informed regarding your legal rights and options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our firm now.