Under Arizona Law, you can be charged with negligent homicide if you cause the death of another person with "criminal negligence". By criminal negligence, the law means that any normal person would have perceived an unjustified risk in the actions that led to the death, but that you didn't.
Negligent homicide charges are often filed in the case of an automobile accident where drugs or alcohol are involved - even if the driver wasn't over the legal limit of .08% of blood alcohol concentration. But other accidental deaths can result in negligent homicide charges if the prosecutor believes that your actions amount to criminal negligence. Related charges could include murder first degree, second-degree murder, and manslaughter.
Negligent Homicide Sentence
Negligent homicide is a Class 4 Felony in Arizona - a serious charge. If you're convicted, your negligent homicide sentence could mean up to 3.75 years in prison. Avoiding that penalty is why you need to hire a negligent homicide lawyer who will dig into your case and challenge every bit of evidence in the prosecution's case. William L. Morris has years of criminal defense experience and won't rest until he's secured the best possible outcome in your case.