Reckless Homicide Attorney in Chicago

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Reckless homicide is charged when an individual is driving a motor vehicle such as a car, boat, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle, and his or her reckless or intentional disregard for the safety of others causes the death of another person. Often, these charges are brought about after someone has died in a drunk driving accident. However, racing, speeding, or intentionally using an incline in a roadway, such as a railroad crossing, bridge approach, or hill, to cause the vehicle to become airborne can land you a reckless homicide charge.

People need to remember that recklessness is not equivalent to negligence; it must involve an intentional disregard for the safety of others and indifference to the safety of other people’s lives. The fact that it was an accident does not absolve you of legal responsibility; it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer as soon as possible.

Penalties for Reckless Homicide in Illinois

Reckless homicide is codified under 720 ILCS 5/9-3 and is considered to be a violent crime. Most cases of reckless homicide are Class 3 felonies. This means that the minimum sentence could lead to 3 years in prison, and the maximum sentence is 14 years in prison. All of the below are Class 2 felonies and could carry prison sentences as long as 28 years.

Certain aggravating circumstances could lead to harsher penalties, such as when the accident occurs:

  • As a result of driving under the influence and kills more than two people
  • It occurs on a crosswalk on which a crossing guard is assisting children
  • It took place in a construction zone
  • When it results in the death of a Peace Officer
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Facing Charges of Vehicular Manslaughter?

I, Mitch Furman, understand how frightening facing criminal charges can be, especially when they result from an accident and you had no intentions to commit such a crime. Unfortunately, the victim’s family and the prosecution often ask the judges to impose the maximum sentences, so it is important that your Chicago criminal lawyer is experienced with these cases and can fight aggressively on your behalf. The legal team at my firm is highly skilled and dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and futures.

Need an attorney for a reckless homicide case in Chicago? Call my firm today to arrange your case evaluation free of charge.

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