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Penalties for Unlawful Homicide

Avoiding the Penalties for Unlawful Homicide Needs the Assistance of a Homicide Lawyer

Unlawful homicide and murder are considered some of the most serious crimes in American society. The penalties for unlawful homicide are severe and prosecutors often seek the harshest penalties possible. To achieve the best possible outcome, it is highly recommended to consult with a homicide lawyer if facing any of these charges.

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Penalties for Unlawful Homicide Can Result in Life in Prison Without Parole

Penalties for Unlawful Homicide

Voluntary Manslaughter

Voluntary manslaughter is defined as the unlawful killing of another human being without malice or deliberation. These are murders that occur “in the heat of passion” caused by a provocation that made the passion irresistible. If convicted, a person can face:

  • 1-10 years in prison
  • Fines up to $10,000

Involuntary Manslaughter

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First Degree Murder Carrys the Harshest Punishments

Involuntary manslaughter is defined as a killing of a human being with any intent to do so. If convicted of this charge, a person faces:

  • 1-4 years in prison
  • Fines up to $5,000

Vehicular Manslaughter

Vehicular manslaughter is defined as the unintentionally without malice or deliberation with a vehicle through an act or omission that constitutes negligence. If convicted, a person faces:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Fines up to $1,000

First Degree Murder

First degree murder is defined as the unlawfully killing of another human being with premeditation and deliberation. These convictions carry the harshest punishment afforded by Nevada state law. Penalties for first degree murder include:

  • The death penalty, if aggravating circumstances are found
  • Life sentence without parole
  • Life sentence with the possibility of parole after 20 years
  • 20-50 years in prison

Second Degree Murder

Second degree murder is defined as all other kinds of murder besides those in the first degree. If convicted this charge includes:

  • Life in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years
  • 10-25 years in prison

Felony Murder

Felony murder is defined as killing someone during the commission or attempted commission of a felony such as sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, arson, burglary, invasion of the home, sexual abuse of a child, sexual molestation of a child under 14 years old or child abuse or abuse of an older person or vulnerable person. If convicted, the penalties include:

  • The death penalty if aggravating circumstances are found
  • Life sentence without parole
  • Life sentence with the possibility of parole after 20 years
  • 20-50 years in prison

Deadly Weapon Enhancements

If it is determined that the defendant used a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime, the following addiontial penalty is added:

  • A consecutive sentence up to 20 years but not more than the sentence for the underlying crime

Jesse Kalter Law has Experienced Homicide Lawyers

Facing the penalties of homicide is a very serious matter that requires experienced representation. Building a solid defense against homicide and murder charges may take months, if not years of preparation and must be done by someone who is not afraid to go to trial. Jesse Kalter Law has defended against numerous homicide cases. They have won several “not-guilty” verdicts and had other cases completely dismissed. They are available to serve the people of Reno, Sparks, Carson City Fallon, Fernley, Dayton, Yerington, Douglas County, and all other Northern NV rural counties.

Penalties for Unlawful Homicide Charges Need an Experienced Homicide Lawyer
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