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April 23, 2010

Criminal Negligence Defense Attorney Arizona

Arizona Negligent Homicide is often referred as vehicular homicide. This occurs when A traffic accident resulted in an unfortunate fatality. This is a most severe offense which carries with it most severe punishments if convicted. If you have been charged with "criminal negligence" or "negligent homicide" you should consult An Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney who is experienced at defending these types of cases.

Negligent Homicide A.R.S. ยง 13-1102

In Arizona, a driver that causes the death of another person in an accident can be charged with "criminal negligence" meaning the driver fails to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk, where a reasonable person clearly would have; and that the failure to recognize it is a gross deviation from what a reasonable person would do given the same or similar situation. If you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and caused an accident and death you can face a charge of negligent homicide. Negligent homicide is a serious Arizona felony criminal charge. It is considered a Class 4 felony. A conviction for negligent homicide can result in a term of imprisonment of up to 3.75 or more years for a first offense, if the court does not grant probation at sentencing or if the defendant has their probation revoked for any reason. For a conviction, the crime of negligent homicide requires proof that the defendant, by criminally negligent conduct, caused the death of another person

At this point, you should know there is a distinction between manslaughter and negligent homicide: For manslaughter the defendant must have been aware of a substantial risk and consciously disregarded the risk that his conduct would cause death. With Negligent Homicide, the prosecution need only prove that the defendant failed to recognize the risk.

Due to the severe nature of the charges and possible prison sentences associated with these charges, you or your loved one will need an experienced Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer who will aggressively fight for your rights, defend your charges, and seek the best possible outcome for your case.

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