Eight members of a Penn State fraternity have been charged with involuntary manslaughter following a night of heavy drinking that resulted in the tragic death of a freshman pledge. The grand jury said that the fraternity “demonstrated a reckless disregard for human life…” when members failed to render aid to the freshman after he sustained life threatening injuries in a hazing ritual that involved the copious consumption of alcohol.
Wisconsin Involuntary Manslaughter
Involuntary manslaughter charges are often brought when a person accidentally kills another due to his or her own criminal negligence or recklessness. There is no intention to kill, but their careless or reckless actions caused another person to die.
Wisconsin Reckless Homicide Charges
In Wisconsin, there are two degrees of reckless homicide charges:
- Wisconsin first degree reckless homicide is a Class B felony which may result if a defendant caused another person’s death by showing an utter disregard for human life.
- Second degree reckless homicide, a Class C felony, must show that a defendant acted recklessly and that the reckless behavior caused someone else’s death.
Common cases where reckless homicide charges are brought include violent crimes of assault and battery, drug crimes and OWI cases. Charges for reckless homicide can result in serious consequences including substantial periods of incarceration and fines.
Contact a Waukesha Wisconsin Reckless Homicide Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with reckless homicide or other violent criminal charges, it is important to seek help. The Waukesha Wisconsin criminal defense lawyers of Andrew C. Ladd have an excellent reputation for aggressively defending their clients against serious charges. In some cases, it is possible to reduce the charges against you, thereby reducing the impact of your criminal charges in your life. Call today for a free consultation of your case at 262-542-3900.