Murder charges are serious. While this criminal charge includes the word “negligent,” it’s still a homicide charge. And it carries very serious prison penalties. Classified as a Class G felony, homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle cases can send you to prison for 10 years. At Meyer Van Severen, S.C. our murder defense attorneys have worked on homicide cases.
This murder charge is prohibited by section 940.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Section 940.10(1) makes it a crime if the victim is another human being. Section 940.10(2) makes it a crime if the victim is an unborn child. All criminal offenses have elements that need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt before the defendant is convicted. Homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle has three elements:
Cause means that the defendant’s act was a substantial factor in producing the death. Criminal negligence means:
Homicide of an unborn child by negligent operation of a vehicle is a very similar offense. That charge simply substitutes “unborn child” with “victim.” The term “unborn child” means any individual of the human species from fertilization until birth that is gestating inside a woman.
Your life is on the line. You could be given a ten year prison sentence. A felony conviction makes getting a job difficult and makes it a crime for you to possess a gun for the rest of your life.
We’re a criminal defense law firm – we focus all our resources on defending individuals accused of criminal charges. We don’t work on non-criminal cases because it won’t help us win your murder case. If you’re looking for a defense attorney as serious as you are, contact Meyer Van Severen, S.C. at (414) 270-0202 today.