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  •  Depends on the state and how they define (2+ / 0-)
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    involuntary manslaughter.  Some states because it involves a death, will make certain kinds of negligent conduct criminal if it involves a death.  

    Some states, for example, will say that if you have an accident when driving a car and that it's due to your gross negligence, or due to something like talking on a phone, then it's involuntary manslaughter.  

    Some states say that if you are doing an unlawful act, and that a death results, that's involuntary manslaughter even if you did not in any way intend the death.

    Some states make negligence in a highly risky situation, when it results in death, involuntary manslaughter even if you did not intend the death.  But they often require knowledge of the risk and disregard of the risk.

    In all cases, states have to define those things ahead of time, before you do them, and enact them into law.  And it's generally for the most extreme form of harm, like death.  

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