Vehicular Assault charges in Douglas, Adams, and Denver County have the potential to change a defendant’s life forever. These charges will affect your family, career and future. Be prepared to fight for your freedom when you are charged with hurting someone while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
How can someone be charged with Vehicular Assault in Colorado?
Vehicular Assault can be charged in two separate ways: either by reckless driving or by DUI driving. Hurting another person while driving recklessly means that the district attorney’s office in Arapahoe, Jefferson, and Elbert County will have to prove to a jury that you were operating your vehicle with an absolute disregard for the safety and welfare of others and your operation of that vehicle was the cause of another person’s injury. The DUI counterpart of the crime is where a person who is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and hurts another person. Neither charge requires any intent to cause the other person harm. In other words, it could simply be a car accident that was your fault. If another person is injured, even a person riding in your own car, then you will be charged with Vehicular Assault.
Are the Penalties the Same for DUI and Reckless Vehicular Assault?
No. The penalties for injuring someone while driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are greater than injuring a person while driving recklessly. DUI Vehicular Assault is a class 4 felony and Reckless Driving Vehicular Assault is a class 5 felony in Broomfield, Clear Creek, and Boulder County. The judges and prosecutors throughout Colorado will also increase the punishment of a DUI assault as opposed to a Reckless Assault.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer to Help Me?
If you are facing charges of either DUI Vehicular Assault or Reckless Driving Vehicular Assault, you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to be by your side every step through the judicial process. While many lawyers claim to handle criminal charges, you should verify that the attorney you select handles criminal law exclusively. In serious cases like these, you need someone who has experience and knowledge to fight against the government for you.
So, if you are dealing with Vehicular Assault (read more) charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us immediately at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.
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