Negligent homicide occurs when a person acts with criminal negligence, or is criminally negligent, with respect to circumstances surrounding his conduct or the result of his conduct when he ought to be aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the circumstances exist or the result will occur. The risk must be of such a nature and degree that the failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise under all the circumstances as viewed from the actor’s standpoint.
In layman’s terms, if a person should be aware of an obvious risk to another’s life and somehow isn’t for whatever reason, they may be charged with negligent homicide.
These cases are complicated and require accident reconstruction experts. The attorney must have experience not only working with experts but understanding how to cross-examine them, along with a working knowledge of what goes into a reconstruction.
Additionally, jury selection is crucial. The attorney must choose a jury that will understand the difference between Civil Negligence and Criminal Negligence. John. E Choate attorney at law has the experience to handle these types of cases.
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