It most likely does not come as a surprise to most of us that consuming alcohol to excess can have a significant impact on a person’s judgment and behavior. A 45-year-old Colorado Springs man has allegedly further justified this belief by falling asleep behind the wheel of his car, waking up, attempting to elude authorities, and colliding with a firetruck, according to a report published by The Gazette. Firefighters in Colorado Springs responded to reports of a potential drunk driver at about 7:30 pm and discovered a man sleeping in his running pickup truck. While waiting for police to arrive, firefighters placed wheel chocks on the truck’s tires to keep him from leaving the scene. When the man woke up, he rocked the vehicle back and forth on the chalks, ignoring officer’s commands. Eventually, the man crashed into the side of a firetruck causing minor damage.
Property damage and bodily injury can result in significantly more serious penalties
All offenses related to drunk driving are serious and can result in significant legal penalties. When a drunk driver causes property damage or injury, however, the criminal consequences can be greatly increased. In addition, drunk drivers can also be subject to civil liability to victims if they damage another person’s property or the accident results in medical expenses.
Legal defenses may be available
The last thing that a person accused of driving under the influence (DUI) should do is simply plead guilty to the accusations and try and “move on.” Even if you believe that you were intoxicated at the time of your arrest, there are often several legal defenses an experienced attorney may be able to raise. These defenses are often of a technical nature, so it is important to have a lawyer familiar with Colorado DUI law thoroughly review the facts of your case. Some of the legal defenses that are often available in a DUI case include the following:
- Challenging the validity of the initial traffic stop.
- Introducing evidence that any signs of intoxication were actually the result of a medical condition.
- Introducing evidence that tends to indicate that the results of any chemical testing performed was inaccurate.
- Arguing that the officer who performed sobriety testing was not properly trained to administer such testing.
If applicable, these and other defenses that may be raised could result in your case being dropped or dismissed. Even if they are not applicable, the representation of an attorney can result in a much more favorable plea arrangement than a person would be able to achieve on his or her own.
Contact a Denver DUI defense attorney today to schedule a free case evaluation
People who are accused of drunk driving should retain legal counsel as soon as possible, particularly in cases where there are aggravating circumstances such as property damage or personal injury. The DUI defense of lawyers of the Tiftickjian Law Firm are dedicated to helping people accused of criminal offenses move on with their lives as quickly and with as little consequence as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please call our Denver office today at (303) DUI-5280. Potential clients can also send us an email through our online contact form available here.