Reckless Homicide Attorney in Chicago
A Criminal Defense Attorney Who Cares
Reckless homicide is charged when an individual is driving a car, boat, or other motor vehicle, and his or her reckless or negligent actions cause the death of another. Often, these charges are brought about after someone has died in a drunk driving accident, although reckless driving can also include speeding, racing, and intentionally causing the vehicle to become airborne. 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
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 2 people
- It occurs on a cross walk 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
Facing Charges of Vehicular Manslaughter?
I, Mitch Furman, understand how frightening facing criminal charges can be, especially when they are the result of 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.