On behalf of Starbranch Law posted in Criminal Defense on Friday, March 3, 2017.
After a fatal car accident, all of the focus will be on remembering the person who died. The grieving of the victim’s family members and friends will also be an important concern. However, another person is usually suffering just as much as everyone else: the individual who received the blame for causing the accident.
Not only does the person faulted for the accident face a lot of pain and anguish over being involved in a crash that ended someone’s life, but this person could also face criminal charges. Depending on the situation and events surrounding the fatal accident, a negligent homicide charge is serious, and a conviction could result in years behind bars.
Possible defenses against negligent homicide
To convict a defendant of negligent homicide, prosecutors do not have to prove intent or malice. Prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
In defending against a negligent homicide charge, a New Hampshire defense lawyer will try to cast doubt on the above points. Casting doubt on only one of the above could be enough to prevent a conviction from occurring. Here are a few defenses that an attorney might use to achieve this goal:
Get help with your negligent homicide defense
Negligent homicide charges are serious because if a conviction occurs, the defendant could spend years in prison. For this reason, those accused of negligent homicide may want to consider hiring an experienced and knowledgeable New Hampshire violent crimes defense attorney to help them protect their rights in court.