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Homicide

Homicide is one of the most serious criminal offenses in the state of Ohio. Any offense where a person loses their life is a complicated and sensitive matter for all parties involved. Homicide offenses tend to be complex cases often involving extensive police and crime scene investigations, for the purpose of gathering forensic evidence to be analyzed scientifically.

A homicide conviction can be life altering. Not only will a conviction entail an extensive prison sentence and hefty fines, it will also negatively impact all other areas of someone’s life.

There are several different kinds of homicide offenses, each based on varying degrees of the severity of the facts and circumstances of each case.

Reckless Homicide

Reckless homicide is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2903.041) as anyone who recklessly causes the death of another person or the unlawful termination of another person’s pregnancy.

If you are convicted of reckless homicide, you will face a third degree felony. This charge entails at least one year and at most five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Negligent Homicide

Negligent homicide can be defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2903.05) as anyone who negligently causes the death of another person or the unlawful termination of another pregnancy by means of a deadly weapon.

If you are convicted of negligent homicide, you will face a first degree misdemeanor. This penalty entails up to 6 months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.

Vehicular Homicide

Vehicular homicide is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2903.06(A)(3)) as causing the death of another person or the unlawful termination of a pregnancy as the result of either operating a vehicle negligently or speeding in a construction zone.

If you are convicted of vehicular homicide, you will face a first degree misdemeanor. This penalty entails up to 6 months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.

Aggravated Vehicular Homicide

Most aggravated vehicular homicide cases involve either an OVI / DUI or reckless driving. As the result of the involvement of alcohol and / or reckless conduct, this is considered a more severe and serious offense.

Aggravated vehicular homicide is defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2903.06) as causing the death of another person as the result of one of the following circumstances:

  • Recklessly operating a vehicle;
  • Receiving a reckless operation offense in a construction zone;
  • Receiving an OVI / DUI or similar offense.

If you are convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide as the result of a reckless operation of a vehicle, you will face a third degree felony. This charge entails at least one and at most five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

If you are convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide as the result of an OVI / DUI or similar offense, you will face a first degree felony. This entails a prison sentence of at least three and up to 10 years, and up to $20,000 in fines.

If you are convicted of reckless homicide, negligent homicide, vehicular homicide or aggravated vehicular homicide the resulting consequences of extensive prison time and fines can be severe. This conviction will undoubtedly also have an impact on other areas of your life as well.  Due to the serious nature and severity of these offenses, they may cause depression, financial trouble, difficulty keeping or finding a job, trouble keeping professional licensures, and maintaining custody of your children.

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