If someone cuts the brakes or otherwise renders them unusable on a person’s car and that person dies in a car accident, what will happen?

If the person dies in a car accident because of their brakes failing, what could happen to the person who ruined the brakes be charged with?

Asked on September 4, 2012 under Criminal Law, Minnesota


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written in the fact pattern of your question, the possible criminal charge against the person who purposefully cut the brake lines of another person's vehicle with the intent to cause harm where the driver or some passenger of the car dies, would be murder. The degree of murder, first, second, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter depends upon the apparent intent of the person doing the wrongful act.

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