Voluntary manslaughter is the unlawful killing of an individual done with some kind of disregard for human life or recklessness. The person can kill someone because heat of passion, sudden fit of rage, or another type of irresistible impulse. The sentence for a voluntary manslaughter conviction in Nevada is one to 10 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
What Is Involuntary Manslaughter?
In Nevada, involuntary manslaughter is an unintentional killing of a human being. The person who committed the homicide:
- Did not intend to kill the victim
- Killed the victim while engaging in a lawful or unlawful non-felonious act that may result in a person’s death, but which is not a typical result
Is Excusable Homicide by Misadventure in Nevada the Same as Involuntary Manslaughter?
No. Involuntary manslaughter means a person unlawfully killed another without meaning to do so. The crime of excusable homicide by misadventure occurs when a person does a lawful act, like working, without negligence, but a death occurs. For instance, a person is working with an ax. The top of the ax falls off and hits someone and kills them. Their death was not intentional, nor was it the result of the person’s disregard for human life or recklessness.
What Is the Punishment for Involuntary Manslaughter?
Involuntary manslaughter is a Category D felony in Nevada. The punishment for this crime is:
- 19 months to four years in state prison
- $5,000 fine
- Fine and prison time
Can I Get My Voluntary Manslaughter Charge Downgraded to an Involuntary Manslaughter Charge?
It may be possible, but that is a question to ask a lawyer because it depends on the specific circumstances surrounding your charge. Also, any plea or downgraded charges usually have to be discussed between prosecutors and defense lawyers.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Since an involuntary manslaughter charge is a felony homicide charge, you will likely need assistance to properly defend yourself against the charge. It is vital to have a Nevada criminal lawyer represent you in an involuntary manslaughter case.