In Nevada, murder is the most serious crime that a person can commit. Murder is a homicide offense and there is a very specific definition of the crime of murder. A defendant who is accused of murder, as opposed to a lesser offense like manslaughter, could face the harshest penalties that exist under state law.
If you have been accused of murder, you need to work with a Vegas criminal law attorney who can help you to fight the serious accusations that have been made against you. LV Criminal Defense can provide representation during a murder investigation if you are a suspect and can defend you if you are charged with murder. You should give us a call for help as soon as you are under suspicion for murder so we can assist you in fighting to protect your future.
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Murder is defined in Nevada Revised Statute section 200.010. According to the relevant law, murder is the unlawful killing of another human being under very specific conditions.
The unlawful killing of another human being is classified as a murder if the defendant acted with malice aforethought. The malice can either be express or implied. Both express and implied malice are defined in Nevada Revised Statute section 200.020.
According to the relevant statute, express malice is a deliberate intent to take away someone else’s life if the intent can be proved by internal circumstances. For example, if you buy poison to sneak into your spouse’s food in order to kill your spouse, the purchase of the poison is a clear example of an external act that shows you acted with the deliberate intent to take away the life of another person.
Implied malice, on the other hand, is defined in 200.020 to include circumstances where the circumstances of a murder show an abandoned and malignant heart and to include circumstances when a person was killed despite no evidence of provocation.
A defendant could also be charged with murder in circumstances where the defendant caused a death to occur by selling, giving or trading unlawful controlled substances to the victim. The defendant could be found guilty of murder under these particular circumstances if the offense that the defendant provided was classified as a controlled substance in Chapter 453 of Nevada’s code. This is the Code section that deals with controlled substances — or illegal narcotics — in the state.
Finally, if the defendant violated Nevada Revised Statute section 453.3325, the defendant could also be found guilty of murder. N.R.S. 453.3325 is an offense that involves allowing a child to be present during the commission of certain violations of laws regulating controlled substances.
There are defenses to murder, including an argument that you acted in self defense or that the homicide was justifiable. It may also be possible to introduce doubt regarding your intent or about whether the prosecutor has successfully shown that you acted with malice. If you can raise doubts about the case against you, you should be acquitted since it is the prosecutor’s burden to prove the claim. If you raise defenses such as self-defense, however, you will have the burden of proving your actions were justified.
A Vegas criminal lawyer at LV Criminal Defense can help you to determine if the prosecutor’s evidence against you is strong, can assist you with raising defense or introducing doubt, and can provide assertive and intelligent representation in court so you can reduce the chances of a conviction. We can also provide assistance in negotiating a plea agreement that will reduce the penalties associated with the crime of murder if you do not want to take your chances on trying to get acquitted. Just give us a call today to find out how we can help you.