Charged With Criminally Negligent Homicide in New York? Here’s What You Need to Know

While facing criminal charges of any kind can be overwhelming, homicide charges are particularly serious and even frightening. You are likely concerned about your future and your freedom, as a conviction could result in several years in prison, costly fines, and other lasting legal and social consequences. If you or a loved one is currently facing a criminally negligent homicide charge in New York, you should immediately contact a skilled criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights and your freedom. Here’s a brief overview of what criminally negligent homicide means, the potential consequences, and what you can do if you are currently facing such a charge.

Defining Criminally Negligent Homicide 

According to New York state law, criminal negligence occurs when someone fails to perceive a “substantial and unjustifiable risk” a specific action will have on others. An act of criminal negligence must be “of such nature and degree that the failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a responsible person would observe in the situation.” When an act of criminal negligence results in the death of another person, the alleged perpetrator may be charged with criminal negligent homicide. For instance, it could be argued that a caregiver who failed to give someone their needed medication, which resulted in the person’s death, should have perceived that not providing the medication was a substantial risk to the person’s health. 

Consequences for Criminally Negligent Homicide

In New York, criminally negligent homicide is considered a class E felony, which carries significant penalties. If convicted, you could face a prison sentence of up to four years, costly fines, and other restrictions on housing and employment opportunities, once the offense appears on your criminal record. It’s important to recognize, however, that there are several factors that are considered before the sentence is determined, such as any prior criminal history you may have, any feelings of remorse you may have, and other relevant details. Your attorney will work with you to prepare a strong legal strategy aimed at securing you the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.

Asking For Help Right Away

As you face your uncertain future, it’s essential that you contact a knowledgeable and effective criminal defense attorney who will work hard to understand your side of the story and advocate for your freedom in court. The sooner you reach out to an attorney, the more time you will have to prepare a solid plan of action to help you obtain a favorable outcome. Don’t hesitate any longer—protect your future by getting the trusted legal counsel you need today.


If you or a loved one is currently facing a criminally negligent homicide charge in the Queens area of New York City, contact the Law Office of Adrienne D. Edward, P.C. today by calling (347) 997-3811 to discuss your situation with a skilled and dedicated criminal defense lawyer.