What are the types of murder?
First-Degree: Murder is the willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing of a human being. There are certain crimes that qualify for first degree if a person dies during the commission of certain felonies which include: sexual assault, kidnapping, arson, robbery, burglary, invasion of a home, sexual abuse of a child, and abuse of an older person.
Category A Felony; the possible penalty is life without the possibility of parole; for life with the possibility of parole after 20 years; or for a definite term of 50 years with parole eligibility after 20 years is served in the Nevada Department of Corrections.
Second-Degree: Murder is the second-degree is all other kinds of murder.
Category A Felony; possible penalty is 10-25 years in the Nevada Department of Corrections.
Manslaughter: Manslaughter is unlawful killing of a human being, without malice express or implied, and without any mixture of deliberation. There are two types of manslaughter – Voluntary and Involuntary.
Voluntary Manslaughter: There must be a serious and highly provoking injury inflicted upon the person killing, sufficient to excite an irresistible passion in a reasonable person, or an attempt by the person killed to commit a serious personal injury on the person killing. This is also called the “heat of passion” killing.
Category B Felony, 1-10 years in the Nevada Department of Corrections.
Involuntary Manslaughter: The killing of a human being, without any intent to do so, in the commission of an unlawful act, or a lawful act which probably might produce such a consequence in an unlawful manner.
Category D Felony; 1-4 years in the Nevada Department of Corrections.
Yes, which is why you need a skilled attorney to evaluate your case. For example, voluntary intoxication is a defense to first degree murder, but not a defense to other types of murder.
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