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Manslaughter or Murder? It’s All About Intent

Giving Thumbs UpThe Nevada Revised Statute classifies manslaughter into two categories: voluntary and involuntary. Involuntary manslaughter is defined in Section 200.070, and involves the killing of another during the commission of an unlawful act or a lawful act that might produce such a consequence. Voluntary manslaughter is spelled out in Section 200.050, and involves a killing done in the “heat of the moment”, sometimes being considered a crime of passion.

The primary difference between any type of manslaughter and murder is a lack of intent. To be considered manslaughter, the act should not have been premeditated in any way. If there is a “cooling off” period present, chances are the incident will be prosecuted as murder instead.

Since manslaughter is considered somewhat less serious than murder, the penalties are also less severe. An individual can be punished by up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to$10,000 if charged with voluntary manslaughter, while the punishment for involuntary manslaughter can be up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Manslaughter charges are serious, regardless of whether they are voluntary or involuntary. Those accused can seek help defending these charges from the Potter Law Firm in Las Vegas.