Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Colorado is a serious crime, even when there are no injuries or accidents involved. Drunk drivers who get pulled over for simple moving or vehicle maintenance violations can face significant legal consequences including probation, fines, mandatory alcohol education classes, and even jail time. When a drunk driver injures another person, the consequences can be much more severe. As a result, it is extremely important for anyone accused of injuring another person while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. In many cases, the early intervention of an attorney can significantly impact the ultimate disposition of a case in a way more favorable to a person accused of a crime.
Seven People Injured in Accident
According to a report published at Coloradoan.com, seven people were hurt in an accident that occurred on Interstate 25 on October 18th just after noon. The report indicates that a Ford truck that was traveling southbound on the interstate struck the back of an SUV causing a chain reaction involving 6 vehicles. Among the injured were an infant and mother that were in the SUV that was hit first by the truck. Another individual was seriously injured but was expected to survive. The accident occurred on a stretch of road where vehicles were merging and slowing due to a construction zone ahead.
Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Rob Madden indicated that the driver of the truck was under investigation for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Colorado Vehicular Assault
Under Colorado law, if a person operating a motor vehicle is under the influence of alcohol or drugs causes serious bodily injury to another person, he or she has committed the crime of vehicular assault. Additionally, the crime can be committed by a sober driver if he or she is driving recklessly. A person convicted of vehicular assault may be facing severe penalties, including the following:
- 2-12 years imprisonment;
- Fines $2,000 to $500,000;
- The loss of a driver’s license; and
- Civil penalties.
Vehicular assault is a strict liability crime, meaning that the state does not have to establish any harmful intent on the part of the driver to obtain a conviction. It is sufficient to simply show that the driver was driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and caused an accident resulting in injury. Fortunately, in many cases, a thorough analysis of the circumstances of the crash and resulting investigation can reveal procedural or substantive errors that weaken the prosecution’s case against a driver who was allegedly driving drunk.
Contact a Denver DUI attorney today to schedule a free consultation
Anyone who is facing a Colorado DUI or vehicular assault case should discuss their options with an attorney as soon as possible. The lawyers of the Tiftickjian Law Firm are dedicated DUI defense lawyers who have the skill and experience required to bring your case to the best resolution possible. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (303) 991-5896. We welcome inquiries through our website as well.