Criminally negligent murder is a crime which is considered to be a lesser offense than first and second degree murder. This murder charge is given when an action results in the unintentional death of an innocent person. The penalties for conviction and the exact definition of the charges vary from state to state. In some states, the murder is named “criminally negligent manslaughter.” This is due to the fact that in these murder cases, the accused criminal did not intend harm or pose a direct deadly threat to the victim.
Willful blindness is a term often associated with these murder charges. It defined as occurring when a person who should understand the potentially dangerous effects of a dangerous action chooses to ignore them and commits the dangerous behavior anyways. Willful blindness that results in death will most likely lead to criminally negligent murder charges.
There are two main reasons why people are charged with this crime. The most common reason for this charge is drinking and driving. Drunk drivers are aware that they are putting people’s lives in danger and still choose to drive drunk or under the influence. The other main cause of this charge involves willful blindness in a person’s profession. This can include medical malpractice where a doctor is aware of deadly consequences related to action or inaction in a specific situation. Another example is a construction or maintenance worker who fails to perform their job correctly, knowing that their actions are dangerous.
Investigation into the exact circumstances of a crime may result in the murder or manslaughter sentence being reduced or eliminated. People who are facing these charges typically hire an experienced attorney to defend themselves against harsh sentences. A clean record, weak evidence, or unlawful arrest can lead to proving innocence, dismissed charges, or reduced sentences.