Negligent homicide

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Negligent homicide is a criminal charge brought against a person who, through criminal negligence, allows another person to die.[1]

United States[edit]

In the United States, all states define negligent homicide by statute, often defining the offense as involuntary manslaughter.[1] Negligent homicide may be a lesser included offense to first and second degree murder,[2] meaning that all of the elements of negligent homicide are elements of those more serious charges.

In some states, negligent homicide charges are possible following the killing of a person while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b Larson, Aaron (7 October 2016). "What Are Homicide and Murder". ExpertLaw. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  2. ^ See, e.g., "Saunders v. State, 840 SW 2d 390 (Tex.Crim.App.1992)". Google Scholar. Google. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Futty, John (6 October 2013). "Vehicular homicide sentences not harsh enough, say victims' families". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Collins, Chris (16 November 2016). "Halfway man gets 7 years for drunk driving and manslaughter". Baker City Herald. Retrieved 9 September 2017.