Second Degree Reckless Homicide
What is Second Degree Reckless Homicide?
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Second Degree Reckless Homicide carries a 25 year prison sentence and/or a $100,000 fine. The breakdown of the time served can be considered as two parts. The first is the initial confinement of the Class D felony of 15 years in prison, followed by 10 years of extended supervision.
The second item of first-degree reckless homicide that carries a Class B felony is covered in section 940.02(1m) of the Wisconsin Statutes and deals with reckless homicide involving an unborn child:
“Whoever recklessly causes the death of an unborn child under circumstances that show utter disregard for the life of that unborn child, the woman who is pregnant with that unborn child or another” is guilty of the offense.”
The State of Wisconsin must prove various elements of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. If the state can't prove one of the elements of the offense, you can't be convicted of the crime.
- That the defendant caused the death of the victim
- That the defendant caused the death by criminally reckless conduct
- That the circumstances of the defendant’s conduct showed disregard for human life
'Cause' indicates the defendant’s act was a substantial factor in producing the death.
Criminally reckless conduct requires the government to prove three more elements.
- The conduct of the defendant created a risk of death or great bodily harm
- The risk of death or great bodily harm was unreasonable and substantial
- The defendant was aware that his conduct created the unreasonable and substantial risk of death or great bodily harm
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