Murder in Las Vegas, Nevada is categorized as either First or Second degree; these Felonies carry a mandatory prison sentence or the death penalty if convicted. First Degree Murder is defined under Nevada Revised Statute “NRS 200.030”, as being “perpetrated by means of poison, lying in wait or torture, or by any other kind of willful, deliberate and premeditated killing”. Essentially, to charge a suspect with First Degree Murder, the District Attorney must allege that the killing was deliberate and premeditated. For example, if Natasha was insulted by a co-worker, went home and planned to come to work the next morning with a gun, and then followed through and shot and killed that co-worker, she would be charged with First Degree Murder, because it was planned and deliberate. Additionally, if you commit a Felony and during the commission of that Felony, someone is killed, even if unintentional, you would be charged with Felony Murder, which carries the same penalties as First Degree Murder in Nevada. The penalties for First Degree Murder range from a 50 year definite term with the possibility of parole after 20 years, life with the possibility of parole after 20 years to life without the possibility of parole, and if the District Attorney finds aggravating factors in the killing, they will seek the death penalty.
Second Degree Murder in Las Vegas, Nevada, is any other kind of murder, including an unintentional killing of another. The penalties for Second Degree Murder range from a 25 year definite term with a possibility of parole after 10 years, to life with the possibility of parole after 10 years.
Many factors go into the defense and a resolution of a First or Second degree Murder case, and when facing a life sentence and the potential of the death penalty it is imperative to hire an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney who can present the best defense to these charges which include but are not limited to self-defense and justifiable homicide. Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney Michael A. Troiano will discuss all possible defenses on your First or Second Degree Murder charge and work towards a dismissal or reduction to a lesser charge and help you avoid prison.