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Murder » No Statute of Limitations for Murder in Nevada
Under NRS 171.080, there is no statute of limitations for murder charges in Nevada. This means that there is no time limit for the prosecution to charge a murder suspect. Even if fifty years pass on a cold case, prosecutors can still charge a suspect if they acquire sufficient evidence implicating the suspect of killing the victim.
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Murder is the illegal and malicious killing of another person. It is classified as either first-degree or second-degree.
First-degree murder encompasses:
Second-degree murder encompasses unintentional killings where the defendant acted so recklessly that a fatality was foreseeable. An example is playing Russian roulette. Another type of second-degree killing is unintentionally causing a person to die by giving the person drugs.
The punishment for murder under NRS 200.030 depends on whether the defendant was convicted of first- or second-degree murder:
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The judge can increase sentences by one to twenty (1 – 20) years if either:
A murder conviction can be sealed from the defendant’s record ten (10) years after the case closes as long as the victim was an adult. If the victim was a child, then murder charges can never be sealed.
There are several possible ways to defend against charges of murder, but they depend on the unique facts of the case. Common defenses include the following:
The statute of limitations for the prosecution to bring an attempt murder charge is usually three (3) years. But the time limit is extended to five (5) years if the police report was filed within the first three (3) years.
There is a three (3) year statute of limitations for the prosecution to bring the following homicide charges:
There is a one (1) year statute of limitations for the prosecution to bring charges of vehicular manslaughter, which is only a misdemeanor.
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