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Reckless Homicide Attorney in Will County

Joliet Reckless Homicide Defense Lawyer

Joliet Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Romeoville, Frankfort, and Throughout the Area

When you are involved in a car accident with another vehicle, a bicyclist, or pedestrian that causes a fatality, you could be facing with life-changing consequences. In addition to the emotional pain of causing a death, if the accident was your fault, you could be held financially liable. Depending on the circumstances, you may also face criminal charges for your behavior. If you are facing reckless homicide charges, it is important to seek qualified legal help immediately. At the Law Offices of Blake Stone, P.C., we are committed to protecting our clients' constitutional rights in the most difficult situations.

Understanding Reckless Homicide in Illinois

In many jurisdictions, criminal responsibility for a motor vehicle-related death falls under the category of involuntary manslaughter. The state of Illinois, however, has created the separate offense of reckless homicide. According to the Illinois Criminal Code, an individual may be charged with reckless homicide if he or she unintentionally kills another person while operating a motor vehicle in a manner that is likely to cause death or great bodily harm. The law provides the specific example of using a hill, incline, or railway crossing to cause the vehicle to become airborne to illustrate actions that could justify a reckless homicide charge.

Reckless Homicide and DUI Charges

Reckless homicide charges are commonly associated with fatal crashes that involve a suspected drunk driver. A person who is found to be driving under the influence (DUI) is presumed to have engaged in reckless behavior. If he or she causes a deadly accident, the driver will likely be charged with reckless homicide in addition to aggravated DUI. Reckless homicide starts as Class 3 felony but may be elevated to a Class 2 felony depending on certain aggravating factors including excessive speeding or driving under the influence. The penalties for a conviction may include a prison sentence of up to 28 years.

Choosing the Right Attorney

At the Law Offices of Blake Stone, P.C., we believe that one tragedy is one too many. If you were involved in an accident that cost another person his or her life, you need guidance in protecting your future. Attorney Blake Stone is a former prosecutor who understands the law and is committed helping clients with their most challenging cases. With more than 20 years of legal experience, he recognizes the importance of getting to know his clients and advocating on their behalf at every stage of the criminal justice process.

Before you can be convicted of reckless homicide, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were acting recklessly. If appropriate, Mr. Stone and his team will work to show that, sometimes, tragic accidents happen. Depending on the circumstances, he is also prepared to negotiate with prosecutors in search of a resolution that limits the impact to your life and your future.

Call 630-988-9384 Today

If you have been charged with reckless homicide, it is crucial to seek legal guidance immediately. Contact the Law Offices of Blake Stone, P.C. for a free consultation today. Call 630-988-9384 and choose the firm that will make you our top priority. We serve individuals and families in Joliet, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Plainfield, DuPage County, and Will County.

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