Illinois Reckless Homicide Defense Attorney
Cook County Reckless Homicide Lawyer Offers Skilled, Strategic Defense
In Illinois, if you kill someone unintentionally while operating a car, watercraft, or other motorized vehicle, you can be charged with reckless homicide, also referred to as vehicular homicide. A reckless homicide charge can lead to a lifetime of serious consequences. If you are arrested on charges related to an unintentional death, your first call should be to an experienced attorney who can protect your rights. Do not discuss your case without legal representation. The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have decades of experience in the successful defense of clients charged with reckless homicide, as well as cases in a wide range of criminal practice areas throughout the Chicago area.
Reckless Homicide Charges in Chicago
Reckless homicide is viewed in Illinois in the same way as unintentional manslaughter. The only difference is a watercraft, car, or other motorized vehicle is involved. All adults, and first-time teen-aged drivers and their parents, have a responsibility to know the legal definition for reckless homicide, and its possible penalties, before they operate any car, watercraft, or other motorized vehicle in Illinois. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Penalties for a conviction on reckless homicide can be steep, resulting in:
- Revocation of your driver's license
- Heavy fines
- 3-14 years in prison
- Criminal record
Defending Reckless Homicide Charges in Illinois
All too often, the most routine workday drive, weekend errand, or watercraft pleasure can turn into a never-ending nightmare when a sudden accident leads to a death. Many watercraft or vehicular accidents are caused by even the most experienced, seasoned operators who are involved with:
- Distractions while driving
- The use of illegal drugs
- The use of prescription drugs
- The use of alcohol (DUI)
All it takes is just a few seconds of looking away or a minute of mental impairment while driving on the water or the road to cause an accident and the loss of someone's life. If you are facing reckless homicide, the law office of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. is immediately accessible. Our attorneys can provide aggressive, competent legal representation, pursuing evidence and witnesses to support a dismissal or reduction of charges, or an acquittal. Contact us to discuss your case in a free consultation. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area and handle cases in DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.