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1st Degree or 2nd Degree Murder?

Sep 09, 2015
1st or 2nd Degree Murder?

1st or 2nd Degree Murder?

The Difference Between First-Degree and Second-Degree Murder

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion that he murdered a relative. Juan Medrano is accused of murdering the other man inside the victim’s home in the east valley. Police were initially called to the residence late in the afternoon on a report of a domestic disturbance. The victim, whose identity has not been released by authorities, was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.

Police are holding Medrano in custody after charging him under NRS 200.030. It is unknown at this point if the suspect will be charged with first-degree murder or second-degree murder. He may be charged with first-degree murder if investigators determine that Medrano acted deliberately. However, second-degree charges may be pursued if police decide that the victim’s death was unintentional. Either way the penalties are severe. A first-degree murder conviction can mean receiving the death penalty or a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. A second-degree murder conviction, on the other hand, may lead to a sentence of life in prison with the potential for parole after 10 years or 25 years in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years.

First-degree and second-degree murder charges are serious. If you’ve been arrested and charged under NRS 200.030 or if you believe that the police are investigating you on suspicion of homicide, then contact the Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers at the Potter Law Offices. Cal Potter and his team are always prepared to fight for your Constitutional rights and to ensure that you receive just treatment from police and prosecutors.

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