Nevada law makes it a serious criminal offense to unlawfully cause the death of another human being. The specific nature of the offense for which a defendant will be charged varies depending upon the nature of the defendant’s actions and the motivation for those actions. The most serious penalties are reserved for individuals who act with malice aforethought to intentionally kill another person. However, even a charge of involuntary manslaughter could lead to a minimum of one years incarceration and a maximum of four years imprisonment.
When you are accused of a homicide offense, it is important that you make smart choices regarding how to respond to those charges. In some circumstances, the appropriate response is to negotiate a plea deal if the evidence against you is strong. A Nevada defense attorney can work with prosecutors to help you to get the best deal possible, which could often involve reduced charges or a recommendation of a lenient sentence.
In other circumstances, however, your actions may have been justified. This can occur, for example, if you acted in self-defense when you killed the alleged victim. If you believe that you can raise self defense as a defense to homicide, you should reach out to an experienced attorney who has handled similar cases and who can help you to put together a strong case proving that your actions were justified.
LV Criminal Defense is here to help. Our legal team will work closely with you to fight the charges against you and to try to make the strongest possible case for an acquittal. You should give us a call as soon as you are under investigation or have been arrested so we can get to work immediately on putting together the best case possible that you acted in self defense. Call now to get started.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Nevada Revised Statute section 200.200 explains the legal justification for killing in self-defense. If you are hoping for an acquittal based on self-defense, you will need to prove that you meet the criteria set forth in N.R.S. 200.200.
According to N.R.S. 200.200, if you kill in self defense, it must appear that the danger you were facing was so urgent and so pressing that you had no choice but to kill in order to save your own life or in order to avoid becoming the victim of great bodily harm.
You will also need to show that the person who you killed was the assailant who started the violent altercation with you, or that you had acted in good faith to truly make an attempt to avoid any additional struggle before the mortal blow. This means you cannot just start a fight with someone and then claim you acted in self defense if you killed the other individual for fighting back.
Proving that you acted in self defense, in accordance with Nevada’s laws, can be difficult. If you hope to successfully get acquitted of homicide charges by showing you acted in self defense, you will have the legal burden of proving that your actions were justified because of your fear of imminent serious harm or imminent death. While a prosecutor has the burden of proving you actually committed the homicide offense, this burden flips when you claim self-defense and you are the one who must show beyond a reasonable doubt that you acted appropriately.
LV Criminal Defense can help you to prove your actions were justified so you can avoid a guilty verdict. Give us a call today to find out more about how our Nevada criminal defense law firm can help you.