Strategic Representation In Reckless Homicide Cases


If you have been accused of reckless homicide, you have the right to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help. At Pearson & Paris, we have more than 22 years of legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior felony prosecutor who knows how the prosecutors handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiating plea bargains to waging full on court battles.

Whether in the Louisville area or anywhere in Kentucky, a person commits reckless homicide when he recklessly causes the death of another person.

A person acts recklessly when he fails to perceive a substantial and unjustifiable risk and the failure to perceive that risk constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the situation. It is the lowest form of homicide in Kentucky. Reckless homicide is a Class D Felony. K.R.S. § 507.040.

Possible Consequences for Reckless Homicide

Reckless Homicide is punishable by a sentence of imprisonment of not less than 1 year nor more than 5 years.

Possible Defenses for Reckless Homicide

In the case of reckless homicide, the defense may center on the un-foreseeability of the risk and its consequences and that the resulting death was an accident.

Homicide cases require a comprehensive defense approach that may require the assistance of other professionals in a variety of disciplines to analyze all aspects of the case. The defense may require experts in the areas of gunshot residue (GSR), DNA, serology, emergency medicine, psychology, psychiatry, human reaction, firearms, tool marks, foot prints, tire marks, crime scene investigations and police procedure.

Other defenses may apply as well. This includes an analysis of any violation of constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent, the right to counsel, the right to have any searches and seizures based on probable cause, a proper warrant, and the right to due process in the proper preservation of evidence that may be used against you. Many other defenses are available that rely on scrutinizing and exposing weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case, such as biased or incompetent witnesses, flawed crime scene investigation, flawed administration and procedures in collecting breath, blood or urine for forensic testing, incompetent computer evidence, flawed photo lineups and inaccurate crime scene/accident reconstructions.

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