The Nevada Revised Statutes clearly define manslaughter:
Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being, without malice express or implied, and without any mixture of deliberation.
Typically, manslaughter is voluntary, in the heat of passion, caused by a reason the individual cannot resist without violence. It is important to note that this statute does not include vehicular manslaughter, which is a completely different crime.
In the case of voluntary manslaughter, a serious and highly provoking injury inflicted on the killer must have occurred, motivating them to behave with a violent passion that cannot be resisted.
Involuntary manslaughter is the killing of a human being without the intent to do so. This can happen during the commission of an illegal act or lawful act which might produce such a consequence in an unlawful manner. If the involuntary killing occurs during the commission of an unlawful act, which takes someone’s life, especially during a felonious crime, the offense will be treated as a murder.
If convicted of voluntary manslaughter, a person is guilty of a category B felony and will be imprisoned in the state prison for not less than 1 year and not more than 10 years. A fine of not more than $10,000 may also be imposed.
If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, a person is guilty of a category D felony and will be punished with a term in the state prison of not less than 1 year and not more than 4 years. A fine of not more than $5,000 may also be imposed.
Manslaughter charges are very serious. You need someone on your side who makes sure your rights are protected. I am an expert in these matters and will give you the best counsel you can get. If you have been charged with manslaughter, call me now at 702-383-0090.
DOUGLAS C. CRAWFORD, ESQ.