If you are accused of the unlawful killing of another person, it is imperative that you understand which of the different homicide crimes a prosecutor will charge you with. There are different offenses under Nevada law that you could be charged with, including murder, voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter.
While involuntary manslaughter is not as serious of an offense as the other charges, it is still considered to be a felony offense and if you are convicted, it is likely that you will be imprisoned and face lifelong consequences associated with having a manslaughter conviction on your record. You should work with an experienced attorney to try to do everything possible to avoid being charged if you are under suspicion for involuntary manslaughter. If you are facing charges, you should also talk with a legal professional to get help crafting a sound legal defense strategy aimed at getting acquitted or lessening the possible penalties that you could face.
LV Criminal Defense has provided representation to many defendants accused of involuntary manslaughter. Our legal team can put our extensive knowledge of the law to work to help you fight against conviction and maximize the chances of getting the most favorable outcomes available given the circumstances surrounding your case. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can help you if you have been accused of involuntary manslaughter or another homicide offense.
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The offense of involuntary manslaughter is defined in Nevada Revised Statutes section 200.070. According to the relevant statute, except in limited circumstances, you will be charged with involuntary manslaughter for killing another person without intent to do so.
You could be charged with involuntary manslaughter if you are engaged in an unlawful act and you accidentally cause death to occur. However, if the unlawful act you are committing is likely to cause destruction of human life as a consequence of your actions, then you would not be charged with involuntary manslaughter but would instead face murder charges. Likewise, if you are involved in an unlawful act committed with felonious intent and someone dies while you are doing that unlawful act, you would also face murder charges.
It is also possible that you could be charged with involuntary manslaughter if you are engaging in a lawful act but which could naturally produce the consequences of unlawfully causing a death. However, the law makes clear that involuntary manslaughter under section 200.070 does not apply in circumstances when vehicular manslaughter was committed. Vehicular manslaughter is charged under a different statute, N.R.S.484B.657.
If you are convicted of involuntary manslaughter under. Nevada Revised Statute section 200.070, the penalty for this offense is set forth in N.R.S. 200.090. Involuntary manslaughter is classified as a category D felony offense and the punishment could include a minimum of one-year imprisonment and a maximum of four years imprisonment. In addition to incarceration, the court could also impose a fine of up to $5,000. Because the statute specifies that the minimum term of imprisonment is at least one year, you likely will have to go to jail if you are convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
A fighting conviction for involuntary manslaughter is vital if you hope to avoid incarceration and a permanent felony record. You should reach out to a Las Vegas criminal lawyer as soon as you have been arrested so you can begin working on developing a legal strategy aimed at an acquittal or aimed at reducing charges and penalties.
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