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Reckless Homicide | DuPage County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Reckless Homicide

Are You Facing Reckless Homicide Charges in DuPage County?


Definition of Reckless Homicide

Reckless homicide means that a person acts irresponsibly and consciously ignores a substantial risk that could likely result in the death of another. The risk must be of such a nature and degree that its disregard constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a normal  person would exercise.

Being accused of reckless homicide is a frightening situation. Regardless of the circumstances of the incident, it is urgent to gain the assistance of a reckless homicide lawyer who will aggressively tackle your defense.

The Law Behind Homicide Charges in Illinois

Many people are surprised to find how wide-ranging the definitions of homicidal charges can be

in the state of Illinois. For example, if an individual uses a controlled substance to successfully commit murder, then that individual is, of course, liable to Class X felony charges. However, any individuals who procured and/or delivered that controlled substance to the individual who committed the murder are also liable Class X felony charges for drug-induced homicide. The penalty carries a minimum of 15 years in prison, simply for the act of passing on a controlled substance that was used to commit murder.

Another example is the concealment of a homicidal death. Any individual, whether they have

committed homicide or not, that attempts to cover up the crime is liable to Class 3 felony charges.

As a final note, Illinois is one of the 19 states that have abolished capital punishment. Anyone

convicted of first-degree murder or any other crime is not liable to the death penalty in Illinois.

Difference Between Homicide, Manslaughter & Murder

Of all the legal terms presented, “homicide” is the most general. It means the killing of one

person by another, no matter whether it was on purpose, on accident, premeditated, or a crime

of passion.

Murder and manslaughter are two different types of homicidal charges. In other words, these are two different kinds of crimes you can commit. Murder is the intentional taking of someone’s life, while manslaughter is unintentional.

Call for a Consultation with an Experienced Defense Attorney in DuPage County

Contact Michael Schmiege's nationally recognized boutique law firm for a consultation with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who will fight charges aggressively for you. We dedicate the time and resources necessary to give our clients the best possible opportunity for a favorable outcome. Aggressive, skilled legal counsel is always your best chance for a favorable outcome when your future is in jeopardy. Call a qualified defense attorney at our firm immediately to ensure you have strong legal representation in your case.

We serve DuPage County, including the cities of Wheaton, Naperville, Aurora, Westmont, Oak Brook, and Lombard. Give your future the best chance with our highly skilled defense strategies and understanding of prosecutor tactics.

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Michael Schmiege has experience with reckless homicide cases and our award-winning criminal defense attorneys deliver unparalleled results. Read more about our recent verdicts and case victories in DuPage County.

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