Practice Areas ➤ Manslaughter
In Illinois, involuntary manslaughter is committed when a person unintentionally kills another person without lawful justification due to reckless or illegal behavior. If that person committed an act knowing that there was a high chance of killing someone, if their act involved excessive recklessness, or if they knew their actions were likely to cause serious bodily harm or death, they could face charges of involuntary manslaughter.
Reckless homicide—which is committed by intentionally causing a vehicle to become airborne that accidentally results in death—is also a form of manslaughter.
The crime of manslaughter is a Class 3 felony in the state of Illinois. As such, it is punishable by five years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. The offense can escalate to a Class 2 felony with up to 14 years in prison if the victim was a family member, if two or more people were killed, or if they committed reckless homicide with a vehicle in certain work zones. The penalties for manslaughter can leave a person with little to no career prospect. A conviction can also damage their reputation and relationships with family and friends.
Any manslaughter or reckless homicide crime is a serious charge with serious consequences, and the longer you wait to hire a lawyer, the more difficult it will be to protect your rights and fight your case. Consult with Chicago defense attorney Joshua Kutnick as soon as possible to begin defending yourself against these serious accusations. We have represented numerous people accused of these kinds of cases over the years, often with very successful results. Contact us today at 312-441-0211 and schedule a consultation. Let us protect you and your rights.