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You are responsible for your actions at all times. However, negligence, lack of awareness, and a number of other factors may result in someone causing the death of another. When someone causes the death of another in this way, this is known as “involuntary manslaughter.” While prosecuted less severely than murder, involuntary manslaughter can still carry heavy penalties.

When you are charged with involuntary manslaughter, a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney who is experienced in violent crime cases is an important part of your defense. At The Draskovich Law Group, we have a long history of standing up for clients in violent crime cases, including several high-profile cases with national media attention. We are fierce advocates who are dedicated to the defense of all our clients, and we fight to protect their freedoms and reputations both in and out of the courtroom.

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Examples of Involuntary Manslaughter

In the state of Nevada, the legal definition for involuntary manslaughter is “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.” This is very similar to second-degree murder charges but is applied in cases where recklessness is not present.

  • Some examples of involuntary manslaughter can include:
  • Mishandling a loaded gun, causing it to fire and kill someone
  • Mistaking someone for an animal and shooting them while hunting
  • Causing a child’s death by leaving a poisonous chemical within their reach

Penalties for Involuntary Manslaughter

If you are convicted of involuntary manslaughter, you will face the penalties of a category D felony in Nevada, which carries a prison sentence between one and four years and a fine of up to $5,000. However, if you are facing federal involuntary manslaughter charges, then you could be facing up to eight years in prison, in addition to a large fine.

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