Violent crimes are a very serious matter in Nevada. In fact, back in 2013 the state ranked second overall in terms of violent crime rates across the entire United States. Despite the negatives, the state continues to maintain a serious stand against any form of violent crimes that can be committed within its area of jurisdiction.
Violent Crimes Defined
Nevada Revised Statute 200.408b defines Crimes of Violence as (a) any offense that uses forces and/or threats to obtain something from someone; or (b) any felony that holds a substantial risk of the use of force against a person. Violent crimes can be committed as an independent act, like a murder, or can be used to achieve another specific objective, like robbery.
Categories of Violent Crimes
Violent crimes come in different forms, mostly because they can cover different related offenses. To make it easier to define what kind of violent crime a person committed, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has categorized violent crimes into the following classifications.
Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter
Murder is the unlawful taking someone’s life with the deliberate thought of committing said act or, in several cases, due to the perpetrator coming under the influence of certain intoxicating substances. This crime can further be subdivided into:
- First-degree murder: Any act of murder that was premediated by the perpetrator with the full intention of taking a person’s life. It is a category A felony with any of the following penalties:
- Life sentence in a state penitentiary, possibly without parole
- Life sentence but with a parole possible after 20 years
- 50 years in custody with parole possible after 20 years
- Second-degree murder: any act of murder that was not intended by the perpetrator. Despite being an involuntary crime, it still ranks as a Category A felony and can be punished with either:
- Life in prison with parole possible after 10 years
- 25 years in jail with parole possible after 10 years
Manslaughter involves killing a person without the express intent of taking that person’s life. It often stems from a sudden burst of passion on the part of the perpetrator, due mostly to provocation from the victim. Manslaughter is divided into two types:
- Voluntary Manslaughter: the sudden, unmediated killing of a person due to passion or anger. For example, a small argument escalates into a brawl and one person is eventually killed after another hits him or her with a pipe to the head. It is classed as a category B felony, and merits the following penalties:
- Over $10,000 in fines
- Between one and ten years in jail
- Involuntary Manslaughter: the sudden unmediated killing of a person due to gross negligence. Getting someone killed in a road collision due to faulty brakes is a typical example. It is a category D felony and is punishable with:
- Over $5,000 in fines
- Five years in prison, maximum
Nevada defines forcible rape as the act of sexual penetration of another person or a beast against the will of the victim and with the use of force. Sexually penetrating a person without their consent are also grounds for a forcible rape charge. The severity of the charge relies on several factors, including the victim’s age, any possible injuries suffered as part of the act, and the defendant’s possible criminal records.
As a rule, forcible rape is punished with:
- Life in prison without parole, if the victim suffered injuries
- Life in prison with parole if the victim did not suffer injuries
- 13 years old and below: possible after 35 years
- 14 years old and below: possible after 25 years
- 16 years old and below: possible after 10 to 15 years
- Repeat offenders always get life without parole
Robbery is the unlawful acquisition of a person’s property in the victim’s presence, against the victim’s will with the use of force or intimidation. It is classified as a category B felony. A robbery that involves the use of weapons can have an increased sentence, depending on the circumstances. The common punishment for robbery convictions involves:
- Two to fifteen years in prison
- A possible probation period for first-time offenders
Aggravated assault involves the unlawful infliction of injury upon another, with or without weapons, either simply with the intent to harm and injure, or as part of another crime in progress, like rape or robbery. Penalties rely on factors relating to the crime itself, such as intent and range of injury inflicted. The typical punishment would be:
- Time served in prison, the length of which is dependent on the severity of the crime and other factors like criminal history
- Probation, again dependent on severity of the crime and other related factors
Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer
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