In May of 2014, a 37-year-old man from Denver, Joe Gonzales, died after being involved in an auto collision that was caused by 30-year-old Codey Trahan. At the scene of the accident, law enforcement officers placed Trahan under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), and blood test results reported that his blood alcohol level was 0.17 percent at the time of the accident, over twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Trahan soon faced charges for eight different offenses, including the following:
- Vehicular assault
- Vehicular homicide
- Reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI)
Trahan decided to not plead guilty and therefore went to a complicated trial that concluded on March 23, 2015.
According to records, the jury heard that Trahan was allegedly traveling at a speed of 114 miles per hour just before the crash and collided with the SUV driven by the the victim after running a red light. Trahan will not be sentenced until June 5th, however prosecutors gave a statement that they are trying for significant prison time.
Should you go to trial?
Many people facing DUI charges opt to plead guilty for many reasons. First, a prosecutor may offer a plea bargain that is in the defendant’s favor in exchange for not going to trial. Also, if the prosecutor has a strong case with substantial concrete evidence against you, it may be better to plead guilty so that you know what you are facing instead of waiting on the uncertainty of going to trial. Finally, avoiding trial can save money, time, and energy for all parties involved.
However, sometimes pleading guilty is far from the best option. For example, if you have been wrongfully accused, you should not plead guilty and should fight your charges to the end. Also, if your attorney obtains evidence that calls the prosecutor’s case into question, trial can be the best way to present that evidence to the jury.
Whether or not you take your case to trial or decide to plead guilty will depend on many factors. You attorney can evaluate the strength or your case and help you decide on how to proceed in your case. For this reason and more, you should alway seek out an attorney who will not push you to make the incorrect decision for you in your particular case.
Contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer in Denver for help today
Whether or not you have been accused of DUI on its own or in combination with other types of criminal charges, it is vital to have an experienced DUI defense attorney on your side. Going to trial is always a stressful experience and most people do not have the knowledge, skill, or resources to handle the trial experience on their own. Jay Tiftickjian has extensive experience in the courtroom representing drunk drivers in serious cases. He will always guide you through the process and will protect your rights at every stage of your DUI case. Call the Tiftickjian Law Firm for help at 303-DUI-5280 today.