A homicide charge is brought when there is an illegal killing of another person. Homicide charges include a number of different levels of seriousness, from first-degree intentional homicide to reckless homicide, or homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Attorney Rick Coad has defended people charged with first degree reckless homicide and homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.
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Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin (2012)
The client was charged with first-degree reckless homicide of a toddler for whom he was caring. First-degree reckless homicide requires the state to prove that the defendant was reckless and that he acted with utter disregard for human life. The client had no criminal history or history of physical abuse. He claimed it was simply a horrible accident. The state agreed with the defense that the offense did not involve utter disregard for human life, and allowed for a plea to second-degree reckless homicide, which carried a much smaller maximum penalty. The State argued for a five-year prison sentence. Rick Coad persuaded the court to impose a sentence of probation with conditional jail time with work release.