Sometimes mistakes are made. Mistakes can be relatively minor and not harm anyone except perhaps, the person who made the mistake. However, mistakes may be made that lead to the death of another person. If a person causes the death of another person, but had no intention of doing so, can they be charged with a crime?
In certain circumstances, a person in Indiana who did not intend to kill anyone could still be charged with involuntary manslaughter. One of these situations is if a person kills someone on accident because of another person's criminal negligence.
Another one of these situations is if a person kills someone while committing a crime in which there was no intent to hurt or kill anyone. In contrast to murder, involuntary manslaughter takes place when someone does not intend to kill anyone, but due to their careless or reckless actions, another person was killed.
One type of involuntary manslaughter that many people in Indiana may already be familiar with is vehicular homicide. If a motorist kills someone by drunk driving or by texting and driving, this could lead to charges of involuntary manslaughter. The penalties for involuntary manslaughter include 1 to 6 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime. If the crime was committed while operating a vehicle, the motorist's license will be suspended for 2 to 5 years.
Involuntary manslaughter can change the trajectory of a person's life forever. The circumstances surrounding the incident can be traumatic and the penalties, if a person is found guilty are steep. Even after a person is released from prison, they will have a criminal record that will show up on background checks, making it difficult for them to find housing or a job. This makes crafting a criminal defense strategy essential.