What is the Difference Between Voluntary and Involuntary manslaughter?

Female Murder VictimThe Difference Between Involuntary and Voluntary Manslaughter

When anyone has been killed, it is a serious situation and prison time for the alleged defendant will be possible, but Nevada Law uses different assessments for homicide including involuntary and voluntary manslaughter, which are both less severe than murder or second-degree murder (200.030).


Voluntary Manslaughter (NRS 200.050) is a murder that occurs in a split second with no thought or meditation. It is more an act of negligence in the homicide. For instance, if you walked in on your spouse with another person and you shot them. If you took the time to contemplate or go and get a weapon, this would be second-degree murder, which includes other reckless acts directed toward the killing.

Involuntary Manslaughter (NRS 200. 070) is “the killing of a human being without any intent to do so, whether you are handing a gun to another and it accidentally went off, shooting a person you mistook for an animal when hunting or a child eating poison that you, as the caretaker, had left out, and they died. This is a gross negligence.

Nevada Law does not take lightly homicide in any form, so if you have been charged with one of these offenses, please contact the Potter Law Firm and schedule a free consultation to discuss the charges. These cases are complicated, but our team of criminal defense lawyers are experienced in providing justice for the clients.