The State or the prosecution must prove that the defendant they have accused of manslaughter is the person who is actually responsible for the death of another. That means a prosecutor will have to prove that a person was doing something likely to seriously injure or kill another, and someone actually died as a result.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Manslaughter is commonly charged when one person kills another while doing something dangerous, but that individual didn’t intend to kill the other person. Manslaughter is often charged as a result of some kind of reckless driving like excessive speed, racing, or DUI. Manslaughter may also be charged.
Manslaughter is considered a class 2 felony.
Other homicide offenses:
Negligent homicide is charged whenever an individual unintentionally causes the death of another through negligence. Negligent homicide is similar to manslaughter in that the individual accused of the crime didn’t intend on killing another person. What makes this crime different is that a person accused of negligent homicide isn’t accused of doing something categorically dangerous. Instead, someone charged with this offense is being accused of not being as careful as they should be in the situation they were in. Negligent homicide might be charged if someone caused an accident while driving and talking on their phone, or if a child dies as a result of something a parent should have prevented.
Negligent Homicide is a class 4 felony.
CAUSING DEATH BY THE USE OF A VEHICLE:
Causing death by the use of a vehicle is usually charged when an individual causes an accident that results in the death of another person, and that person’s license had been suspended or revoked. It is very similar to negligent homicide. The difference between the two is that the prosecutor does not need to prove that the person accused of the crime was behaving negligently. Instead, the prosecutor only needs to prove that the person who caused the accident was not allowed to be driving a car at the time the accident occurred.
FIRST AND SECOND DEGREE MURDER:
Murder is considered the intentional killing of another individual. It is the most serious crime a person can be accused of in the state of Arizona. If you have been accused of murder, contact an attorney immediately.
Second degree murder is a class 2 felony. First degree murder is a class 1 felony.