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Nevada’s legal definition of involuntary manslaughter is the unintentional killing of a human being while in the commission of either:
an unlawful act, or
a lawful act which is a negligent act3
A common example I see of involuntary manslaughter is carelessly handling your gun while taking it out of your holster, causing it to fire and kill a bystander. You may have had no intention to kill anyone, but your simple negligence still makes you criminally liable for the resulting death.
Here at Las Vegas Defense Group, I have represented literally thousands of people charged with violent crimes and homicides. In my experience, three effective ways to fight involuntary manslaughter charges in Nevada include:
You acted in lawful self-defense. Nevada law permits you to fight back with reasonable and proportional force if you or others are being physically threatened with bodily harm.
The incident was an accident. If the death occurred because of an accident that did not result from your own negligence, then you are not criminally culpable.
You are the victim of false allegations. If you are being falsely accused, your attorney can cross-examine the accuser in attempt to impeach their credibility and show their motivation to lie.
Typical evidence in all homicide cases is eyewitness testimony, forensic expert witnesses, and video surveillance.
Can I get a murder charge reduced to involuntary manslaughter?
Possibly. If you are facing a criminal charge of first-degree murder or second-degree murder, I may be able to persuade the D.A. to reduce the charge down to involuntary manslaughter. These types of plea bargains are common when the D.A. has insufficient evidence to prove that you killed with
Getting a murder charge reduced to manslaughter is a legal victory because it reduces the Nevada State Prison sentence from a potential life sentence to possibly only one year behind bars.6
Can my criminal record be sealed?
Yes. In the state of Nevada, an involuntary manslaughter conviction is sealable from your criminal record 10 years after the case closes.
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.