Involuntary Manslaughter in Las Vegas, Nevada is a Felony. Nevada Revised Statute “NRS” 200.070 defines Involuntary Manslaughter as “the killing of a human being, without any intent to do so, in the commission of an unlawful act, or a lawful act which probably might produce such a consequence in an unlawful manner, but where the involuntary killing occurs in the commission of an unlawful act, which, in its consequences, naturally tends to destroy the life of a human being, or is committed in the prosecution of a felonious intent, the offense is murder.”
Now what does all that legal jargon mean? Basically, Involuntary Manslaughter is when a killing occurs with no intent to do so but the death resulted because a negligent act of another. For example, if Marty had a 4th of July party at his house and invited over his friends and family, and during his firework show he got too close and knocked over the display, because he had too much to drink, if those fireworks were to spray into the crowd of his friends and family and kill someone, he would be charged with Involuntary Manslaughter. Here, Marty did not intentionally knock over the fireworks, but he became too intoxicated, which caused his negligent act of knocking over the display, which caused a death.
Involuntary Manslaughter carries a potential prison term of 1-4 years and a fine of up to $5,000. If faced with an Involuntary Manslaughter charge, hire an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney who can present the best defenses to this charge. Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney Michael A. Troiano will discuss all possible defenses on your Involuntary Manslaughter charge and work towards a dismissal or reduction to a lesser offense and help you avoid prison.