Homicide Defined by Nevada Criminal Defense Law Firm

In the state of Nevada, there are many different kinds of behaviors that are prohibited by Title 15 of the state code. Title 15 is the section of Nevada’s code that establishes the rules for crimes and for punishments. There are different chapters for different kinds of offenses in Title 15, including Chapter 200, which defines crimes against the person.

Crimes committed against another person are the most serious of all offenses because these crimes often involve the victim being physically harmed or mentally harmed. Because of the damage that crimes against the person can do to victims, the state of Nevada typically imposes very harsh penalties for many of the offenses that are found in Chapter 200.

The behaviors that are made illegal in Chapter 200 are divided into different subcategories, and the first of the subcategories relates to homicide offenses. Homicide involves taking the life of another person. While there are different categories of homicide crimes, homicide is typically considered the most serious of crimes in the state of Nevada and the penalties for homicide offenses are life-changing for defendants who are convicted.

Defendants need to understand the state’s rules for homicide crimes and should work closely with a Vegas defense lawyer who has extensive experience handling cases involving these types of criminal offenses.

LV Criminal Defense has represented clients accused of murder, manslaughter, and other homicide offenses. We can advocate for you to help you to navigate the criminal justice system so you can try to protect your future when you are charged with a homicide crime that could potentially lead to a lengthy prison sentence. To find out more about how our criminal defense law firm can help you, give us a call today.

Homicide Defined by Nevada Law

The section of Chapter 200 that sets forth the rules for homicide crimes in Nevada includes Nevada Revised Statutes section 200.010 through section 200.260. These different statutes relate to all types of homicide offenses, including murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

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The statutes explain what prosecutors must prove in order to convict someone for a homicide offense, explain when homicide is justifiable, and provide details on how the law treats certain actions, such as a death resulting from the overloading of a passenger vessel or the death of an unborn quick child.

N.R.S. 200.100 is the statute that defines the offense of murder, and the statute explains that the crime of murder involves the unlawful killing of another person with either express malice aforethought or implied malice aforethought. A defendant could also be charged with murder if that defendant provides a controlled substance in violation of Nevada’s drug laws that causes a death to occur. Both express and implied malice are subsequently defined in Nevada Revised Statute section 200.020.

N.R.S. 200.033 explains the circumstances that aggravate first degree murder and that necessitate harsher penalties for the defendant after conviction, while N.R.S. 200.035 explains mitigating circumstances that could result in a defendant who is convicted of first degree murder being subject to a reduced penalty. N.R.S. 200.140 explains when homicide is justified by a public officer, while N.R.S. 200.150 explains justifiable homicide committed by a civilian.

N.R.S. 200.040 defines the offense of voluntary manslaughter, while N.R.S. 200.070 explains the definition of involuntary manslaughter under Nevada law. While manslaughter also involves actions that cause the death of another person, manslaughter is not typically considered to be as serious of a crime as murder because there was no malice involved in the defendant causing an intentional death.

In fact, the definition of manslaughter found in N.R.S. 200.040 is the unlawful killing of another person without implied malice or without express malice and without any type of deliberation. Voluntary manslaughter is a more serious crime than involuntary manslaughter, and an offense could be considered to be voluntary manslaughter if a defendant acted in a sudden heat of passion that was caused by a provocation that caused the defendant to be temporarily unable to control his behavior.

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Involuntary manslaughter, on the other hand, refers to the unintentional killing of another person while committing an unlawful act — as long as that unlawful act is not likely to cause destruction of life. If the unlawful act presents a grave threat to life, then even if the action was unintentional that resulted in a death, the defendant could potentially be charged with murder.

Penalties for different kinds of homicide crimes could vary dramatically, with some offenses potentially resulting in a defendant being sentenced to life imprisonment upon conviction. Because there is so much of a discrepancy in penalties between different kinds of homicide offenses, defendants accused of causing a death should talk seriously with their attorneys about whether plea bargaining down to a lesser offense is the best course of action if there is a strong possibility of conviction based on the nature of the available evidence.

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LV Criminal Defense can help you to consider the strength of the prosecutor’s case against you, as well as the defenses available to you, to help you to determine how to respond to criminal charges if you are accused of a homicide offense. We can help you to make a decision about how to respond to charges and we can represent you either in court or if you want an experienced legal professional to negotiate a plea deal on your behalf.

To find out more about how a Vegas criminal defense lawyer with experience handling homicide cases can help you to fight for your future when you are accused of the most serious crime under Nevada law, you should give us a call as soon as possible.