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Voluntary manslaughter occurs when an enraged person “snaps” and kills someone right after being been provoked in a significant way that would upset a reasonable person. The classic scenario of voluntary manslaughter is a husband walking in on his wife with another man and immediately pouncing on them and killing them.
If too much time passes between the provocation and the killing, then the person would instead face charges for first-degree murder. This is because time gives people the opportunity to premeditate – which is an element of first-degree murder but not voluntary manslaughter.
Potential defenses to voluntary manslaughter charges include that the defendant acted in self-defense, that the incident was an accident, or that the defendant was insane. Depending on the case, the prosecutor may agree to reduce the charge down to involuntary manslaughter.
What is involuntary manslaughter in Nevada?
Involuntary manslaughter is unintentionally killing another person in the commission of either an unlawful act or a negligent act. An example is carelessly handling a gun, causing it to fire and kill someone. In short, involuntary manslaughter comprises lethal accidents that could have been avoided.
Involuntary manslaughter is a less serious crime than second-degree murder, which is unintentionally killing someone through extremely reckless conduct. An example of 2nd-degree murder is playing Russian Roulette. Holding a loaded gun to someone’s head is more than merely careless or negligent. Any reasonable person would know that it would likely result in a death, even if there is no intention for anyone to die.
Involuntary manslaughter is a category D felony, punishable by one to four years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.3 A conviction can be sealed ten years after the case closes.4
Potential defenses to involuntary manslaughter charges include that the defendant acted in self-defense, that the incident was an accident, or that the defendant was falsely accused.
What is vehicular manslaughter?
Vehicular manslaughter (NRS 484B.657) is an entirely separate crime from voluntary- and involuntary manslaughter. It is when a driver “proximately causes the death of another person through an act or omission that constitutes simple negligence.” There is no malice or intent to injure – just momentarily failing to act as a reasonable driver.
Unless the matter involves reckless driving or DUI, vehicular manslaughter is only a misdemeanor. A conviction carries up to six months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.5
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