Reno Violent Crimes Attorneys

Energetic and Reputable Trial Lawyers with Nearly 20 Years of Experience

When it comes to violent crime charges, experience matters significantly. Violent crimes like murder and manslaughter are serious felonies that are not easy to defend. Richard P. Davies, Esq. has been practicing law for nearly 20 years, and he has handled a number of high profile murder cases throughout Nevada. He is an energetic lawyer with the fight and vigor of a youth but the decades of experience and knowledge of a trial attorney who has fought many cases in court. Unlike many older attorneys who are perhaps ready to leave the trial room and practice soon, Attorney Davies and his team of attorneys look ahead at a strong reputation as they fight tirelessly for mitigated or dismissed charges for clients.

A murder or manslaughter charge is not the end-all be-all; schedule a free initial consultation with Richard P. Davies, Esq. online or at (775) 318-5988 to discuss how you can best combat your charges today.

First- and Second-Degree Murder

According to NRS 200.030, murder is the unlawful killing of another person that is done with malice. There are two main types of murder charges – first-degree and second-degree. Generally, first-degree murder comprises premeditated killings and felony murder (killings done while the defendant is committing a serious felony). Second-degree murder comprises unintentional killings where the defendant acted so recklessly that death was a foreseeable consequence.

Some examples of first-degree murder include purposely shooting, beating, or torturing someone to death, and some examples of felonies involved in felony murder include:

  • rape;
  • burglary;
  • robbery;
  • kidnapping;
  • child abuse;
  • elder abuse;
  • sexual abuse of a child;
  • arson.

Some examples of second-degree murder could be:

  • throwing an object off a roof when there is a crowd below that ends up killing one of the people on the street;
  • firing a gun into a building that the defendant thought was vacant, and an occupant dies.

In general, first-degree murder is punishable by the following options:

  • death penalty;
  • life in prison without possibility of parole;
  • life in prison with possibility of parole after 20 years;
  • 50 years in prison with possibility of parole after 20 years.

Second-degree murder is punishable by either life in prison with possibility of parole after 10 years or 25 years in prison with possibility of parole after 10 years. Note that aggravating or mitigating factors could increase or lessen the defendant’s sentence, but it is to the judge’s discretion as to how they choose to factor in these circumstances. For example, aggravating factors might certainly point to the death penalty, but mitigating charges might provide space for a more lenient sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Voluntary and Involuntary Manslaughter

Another important type of violent crime is manslaughter, which includes voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. NRS 200.050, Nevada’s voluntary manslaughter law, defines the offense as the killing of another person in the heat of passion (provocation) and with no premeditation. For example, a person who is in an argument with another person and becomes so enraged by the discussion that they strike and fatally wound the other person can be guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

Voluntary manslaughter is charged as a Category B felony punishable by 1-10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. The death penalty is not a possible penalty for voluntary manslaughter. With a compelling enough defense, it is possible to argue a voluntary manslaughter charge down to an involuntary manslaughter charge with lesser penalties.

Under NRS 200.070, involuntary manslaughter is the unintentional killing of another person in the commission of either an unlawful act or a negligent act. Note that the main distinction between involuntary manslaughter and second-degree murder, which is also an unintentional killing, is that second-degree murder is committed with such extreme recklessness that the person should have known death would result. For example, involuntary manslaughter could be if someone handles a loaded gun that unexpectedly goes off and kills someone or if a parent leaves a dangerous drug in the cabinet, where their child finds it and dies from ingesting it.

Involuntary manslaughter is a Category D felony punishable by 1-4 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. In many murder cases, the defendant may seek to plea bargain a murder charge down to an involuntary manslaughter charge with much lesser penalties.

If you have been charged with a violent crime like murder or manslaughter in Nevada, contact Richard P. Davies, Esq. to discuss your defense options immediately. Murder charges are some of the most serious felonies in Nevada, and it could impact the rest of your life – both tangibly as it puts you behind bars for life and intangibly as it marks your criminal record forever. Let us protect your constitutional rights in the courtroom; our team of fierce trial attorneys will fight vigorously for you.

Schedule a free initial consultation with Richard P. Davies, Esq. online or at (775) 318-5988 to learn more.

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