Reckless Homicide involves the death of another person under circumstances constituting reckless behavior. Without an experienced attorney that handles murder cases, it can be hard to tell the difference in “not guilty”, reckless homicide, and manslaughter. That’s why you need an Attorney who is familiar with all of the Murder, Manslaughter, and Homicide crimes and knows how to defend each one. Baldani Law Group is a team of Kentucky Reckless Homicide Attorneys with decades of experience. We are ready to help you or your loved one fight one of these difficult charges.
Do not wait to get an attorney if you are facing a reckless homicide charge. Early involvement of a lawyer is crucial. We have won murder cases at trial and had them dismissed prior to trial. Let us be your strong defense.
Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) 507.050 — Reckless Homicide
- A person is guilty of reckless homicide when, with recklessness he causes the death of another person.
Penalty for Reckless Homicide in Kentucky.
Reckless Homicide is a Class D felony. It carries one to five years in prison. It is not considered a violent crime and is eligible for parole after 15% of the sentence. It is eligible for most forms of probation, though it is rarely granted.
Defenses for Reckless Homicide in Kentucky
Defense of Others
Defending others may be a justification for reckless homicide in Kentucky. The defendant must prove that they were acting reasonably and rationally in fear of death of serious physical injury of the person they are protecting.
Defending yourself may be a justification for reckless homicide in Kentucky. The defendant must prove that they were acting reasonably and rationally in fear of death of serious physical injury of their person.
Defense of Property/Dwelling
In some circumstances, the defendant can invoke the “Castle Doctrine” and be protected from prosecution for homicide.
Manslaughter requires intentional conduct. If a death was truly an accident, manslaughter is not appropriate, unless the accident was the amount of force used.
What are Not Defenses to Reckless Homicide?
Threat of Mere Physical Injury
A person threatening to punch you does not warrant serious physical force in Kentucky. You must protect yourself proportionally to the threat against yourself or the other person. Improper belief of the need to use deadly force can be reckless homicide.
I didn’t Intend to Kill The Person
Reckless Homicide does not require intent.
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