You didn’t mean to do it, but it happened and are now facing serious criminal charges.
Vehicular manslaughter occurs when a person is operating a vehicle and causes the death of another person. This includes cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles or if a death occurs by causing a vehicle to become airborne.
Most people that face vehicular manslaughter charges that resulted in the death of someone did not intend to kill or harm anyone. It was an accident. At Hirsch Law Group, we understand that but also know that anyone facing vehicular manslaughter charges will need an experienced an aggressive criminal defense attorney representing them because they could be facing serious jail time, large fines and become a convicted felon for the rest of their life. That could result in the loss of freedom, limited housing options and the loss of employment. You could also be responsible for restitution, loss of your drivers license and community service. None of this is fun or easy for anyone.
Timing is everything when you are charged with the offense of vehicular manslaughter. You will need a lawyer immediately.
If a death occurred due to someone acting in a reckless manner that resulted in the death of someone else it could be considered reckless homicide. The prosecution will have to prove that the defendant acting unjustifiably reckless that most people would consider likely to result in harm. This is considered a class 3 felony, however that can be bumped up to a class 2 felony if the accident involved the death of an unborn child, family member or if the accident occurred in a construction zone, school or involved a peace officer. If the accident resulted in two or more deaths then charges could also be escalated to a class 2 felony. If the driver was intoxicated with alcohol at the time of the accident then it could also be bumped up to a class 2 felony.
Reckless homicide charges are very serious in Illinois and you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting for your rights. Hirsch Law Group is experienced in defending people facing reckless homicide charges in Chicago and 13 counties in Illinois.
Vehicular Manslaughter Sentences and Reckless Homicide Sentences
- Class 3 felony – 2-5 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000
- Class 2 felony – 3-7 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 plus restitution
- In cases where a death occurs, judges tend to be reluctant to give the defendant probation.
Experienced Award Winning Attorneys – Multiple Former Prosecutors on our Team
Vehicular homicide or reckless homicide are serious murder charges and Hirsch Law Group has experience defending them. We have gotten charges reduced, plea deals and have proven that these are accidents and not intentional. There are many defense strategies that we have for people facing these types of murder charges.
Our experienced team of attorneys will scrutinize every piece of evidence thoroughly, cross exam witnesses and call in expert witnesses to aggressively defend each client. If your case goes to trial, HIRSCH LAW GROUP will provide a quality criminal legal defense by experienced attorneys.
We Make Juries Think Before Convicting Anyone of Vehicular Manslaughter or Reckless Homicide