Charges for DUI (driving under the influence) are serious in Colorado and can have harsh penalties. However, these penalties only increase if offenders are accused of engaging in additional unlawful acts simultaneously and/or during their arrest. A recent Denver news story demonstrates how quickly charges can escalate.
The Alleged Events
A spokesperson for the Denver District Attorney’s Office reported that late on January 10, 2015, 43-year-old Melissa Boyd caused a vehicle collision near the intersection of Logan Street and 12th Avenue. Reports indicate that Boyd attempted to run away from the scene of the accident on foot, but was shortly apprehended by a law enforcement officer. Boyd was allegedly stammering and slurring her speech and officers reported smelling alcohol on her breath. The officers conducted field sobriety tests, which she apparently “failed.”
Law enforcement officers then transported Boyd to Denver Health to perform a blood draw to test her blood alcohol content (BAC) and to have doctors clear her for jail due to the accident. During this time, Boyd reportedly kicked a deputy in the throat. During this process, law enforcement learned that Boyd had an 11-month-old son who was home alone at their apartment during this event.
Charges and Penalties She is Facing
The immediate penalties of the Boyd’s encounter with police are that her child has been placed in the custody of Denver County Human Services. Additionally, at last report, Boyd was still in jail and being held on a $10,000 bond.
The possible penalties for Boyd can get worse, since the District Attorney’s office issued the following charges against her:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Careless driving
- Failing to report an accident
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- No proof of insurance
- Child abuse
- Second degree assault on a peace officer (two counts)
Second degree assault on a peace officer is a Class 4 felony in Colorado, with potential penalties ranging from four to twelve years in prison and maximum fine of $500,000. Therefore, Boyd faces a lot more than standard DUI penalties after her alleged drunk driving incident. If convicted, even if she receives probation in lieu of a prison sentence, she may end up with a felony conviction on her record, without custody of her child, without driving privileges, and facing costly fines. In such a situation, the assistance of an experienced attorney who knows how to fight DUI and other criminal charges is imperative.
Contact an Experienced Denver DUI Defense Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Facing DUI and other types of criminal charges can be frightening, especially if the potential penalties involve jail or prison time. An experienced DUI defense attorney who is familiar with the criminal justice system in Denver can help you by working to limit the consequences you face for your charges or to have your case dismissed. Jay Tiftickjian is a respected and highly skilled DUI defense lawyer in Denver, so please do not hesitate to call the Tiftickjian Law Firm at (303) DUI-5280 for a consultation today.