In Nevada NRS 200.010 defines murder as the unlawful killing of a person with either implied or express malice aforethought. A defendant acted with malice aforethought if they took action with the deliberate intention of unlawfully ending the life of another human being. Murder is charged in the first or second degree, depending upon the factors involved in the alleged offense and it is essential to have a skilled Las Vegas murder lawyer when facing charges.
First Degree Murder
Murder is charged in the first degree if the Las Vegas homicide was:
- Perpetrated through the use of poison, torture or lying in wait, or any other kind of premeditated, willful, and deliberate killing;
- Committed in the midst of perpetrating such crimes as sexual assault, sexual abuse or molestation of a child, child abuse or abuse of an older or vulnerable person, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, home invasion, or arson;
- Committed in order to avoid the lawful arrest of any person or to enable any person to escape from legal custody;
- Committed on the property of a school, school bus, or at an event or activity sponsored by a school, and with the intent to cause substantial bodily harm or death to more than one person through the use of a weapon, device, or action that is hazardous; or
- Committed or attempted as an act of terrorism.
Second Degree Murder
In Las Vegas, murder in the second degree is charged when the defendant acted in a manner that was so reckless that they should have foreseen that death would result. Second degree murder is essentially all other kinds of murder that do not fall under first degree murder.
Penalties for Murder in Nevada
Depending on the circumstances involved in your alleged offense, if convicted of first degree murder you could be sentenced to either:
- Life in state prison without parole;
- Life in state prison with the possibility of parole after serving 20 years;
- 50 years in state prison with the possibility of parole after serving 20 years.
If convicted of second degree murder, you will face reduced sentencing, including either:
- Life in state prison with the possibility of parole after serving 10 years; or
- 25 years in state prison with the possibility of parole after serving 10 years.
In light of the serious consequences imposed for murder, it is imperative that you have an aggressive Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer on your side who can effectively challenge your charges.
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Our Las Vegas firm was founded by brothers Alex De Castroverde and Orlando De Castroverde, and we treat every client like a member of the family. We understand the gravity of your situation, and you can be confident that we will protect your rights and tirelessly pursue the best possible outcome to your case. A Las Vegas murder lawyer has experience defending clients against violent crime charges, and we can provide the relentless advocacy you need and deserve.
To discuss your case and learn about your defense options, contact De Castroverde Law Group at (702) 222-9999!