Negligent homicide is when one person kills another through extreme negligence but without intent to kill. You can be charged with involuntary manslaughter or negligent homicide when you unintentionally kill someone as a result of extreme recklessness while engaging in either a lawful or unlawful activity.
For example, a person driving while intoxicated and speeding who struck another car, causing the deaths of the car’s passengers can be charged with negligent homicide or vehicular homicide. A person may be charged with negligent homicide if he or she was negligent while operating any motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft.
Negligent homicide or involuntary manslaughter is considered a first degree misdemeanor in Pennsylvania. It carries a jail term of up to five years. If the victim of the negligent homicide was under 12 years old, the charge becomes a second degree felony, which carries imprisonment of up to 10 years.
The prosecution must prove that the defendant’s reckless actions led to the death of the victim.
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