Negligent homicide is a criminal charge brought against those who allow other people to die due to criminal negligence. Criminal negligence is defined as "a gross deviation from the standard of care expected of a reasonable person that is manifest in a failure to protect others from a risk (as of death) deriving from one's conduct and that renders one criminally liable."
An example of criminal negligence: An employee of the XYZ Railroad is supposed to switch the tracks at a certain time. He falls asleep instead. As a result, two trains collide and several people are killed.
The state of Ohio defines negligent homicide specifically by statute whereas Kentucky does not. It is a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries a more lenient sentence than that of first or second degree murder.
Ohio Statute on Negligent Homicide
(A) No person shall negligently cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another's pregnancy by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance as defined in section 2923.11 of the Revised Code.
(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of negligent homicide, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
If you are facing negligent homicide charges in Ohio, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who focuses on the defense of negligent homicide cases.
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