Homicide Defense

Nothing is more serious than being accused of murder, or homicide and of course, if found guilty it can effectively mean the end of your life as you know it, unlike a crime committed under civil law. The penalties for these typically involve a loss of property or a financial penalty. Nevada still has the death penalty for certain crimes, making it even more important to seek reliable and experienced legal representation if you are in the unfortunate position of being accused of murder.

As of this writing there are 90 prisoners on death row in the state of Nevada and the state has executed 11 people since 1976. If you are accused of homicide, you need to have the best possible homicide defense and the Brian J. Smith Law Office can provide just that for you. Having the right representation may well make all the difference; in fact it can be the difference between being found not guilty, and being convicted of murder.

We have the experience and knowledge necessary to fight on your behalf to make sure that you receive a fair trial and that your chances of serving maximum jail time are as low as possible. The attorney that you choose can make a big difference; in fact, it may well be one of the most important decisions that you make in life, and Brian J. Smith has what it takes to question potentially damaging testimony and to challenge the statements of witnesses who testify against you.

Homicide falls into the following categories:

1st degree murder is defined as deliberately and unlawfully killing another person, with the full intent to do so.

All other murders not regarded as 1st degree murder are considered to be 2nd degree murders.

3rd degree murder is also known as manslaughter, and the killing of another person with no deliberation and no malice is known as voluntary manslaughter.

The killing may have arisen due to a fit of passion, it was voluntary or it may have happened during another unlawful act. If a lawful act carried out without the necessary caution results in a death, this is also known as manslaughter.

If you kill another person without intending to, it is known as involuntary manslaughter.

If you kill another person by use of a motor vehicle, but without intending to and with no malice, it is called vehicular manslaughter.

An attempted murder is not quite as serious as an actual murder, although it is still serious and carries heavy penalties. Attempted homicide is different from aggravated assault, and an aggravated assault would be the case if the perpetrator did not intend to kill the victim.

Knowing the definitions and the best possible defense is one of the responsibilities of a good criminal defense attorney, and if you are in this position you should contact an attorney immediately.

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