Homicide is the killing of another human being. Homicide becomes murder when done with intent, premeditation, and deliberation. The State of Nevada has specific laws defining murder and the possible criminal sentences.
How Does Nevada Define Murder?
Nevada defines murder as the unlawful killing of a human being with expressed or implied malice.
What Does Malice Mean?
Malice refers to the person’s state of mind at the time of the killing. It exists when a defendant:
- Intends to kill someone
- Intends to inflict serious bodily injury that causes the victim’s death
- Behaves in a way that shows reckless and/or extreme disregard for human life
Are There Different Degrees of Murder in Nevada?
Yes, the state has first degree, second degree, and third degree murder. Each degree carries different criminal sentence.
What is First Degree Murder?
First degree murder is done with premeditation, malice, and deliberation. Also, someone can be charged with this degree of murder when the murder occurs why trying to escape an arrest or during a commission of a crime. It carries a sentence of a minimum of 25 years in prison, life without parole, or the death penalty.
Is Second Degree Murder More Serious Than First Degree Murder?
No, second degree murder is less serious, but it still has a hefty prison sentence. The sentence carries a minimum of 20 years in prison.
What Is the Punishment for Third Degree Murder?
Third degree murder is generally known in Nevada as manslaughter. There are two types of manslaughter charges: voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. This is the killing of a human being done without deliberation, malice, and premeditation. Involuntary manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being too. However, it’s done without the intent to kill. The punishment for voluntary manslaughter is one to 10 years in prison. But for involuntary manslaughter, the punishment is one to four years in prison.
Do I Need an Attorney for a Murder Charge?
Yes, a Nevada criminal lawyer is highly recommended for anyone facing a murder charge in Nevada.