If a person is driving under the influence of alcohol in Denver, they will generally face charges of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). However, if a person causes injury to another person as a result of driving while intoxicated, Vehicular Assault charges will be filed. According to a recent news story, a man apparently crashed his car after driving drunk. The man was driving with two passengers, who were not wearing their seatbelts. The man lost control of the vehicle and it rolled before coming to a rest on its top. All three men in the car were injured and taken to a nearby hospital. In Denver, this man would likely be facing charges of both DUI and Vehicular Assault. If you are facing charges of Vehicular Assault or DUI in Colorado, call a Vehicular Assault lawyer or DUI lawyer at the O'Malley Law Office today.
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What is the definition of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Douglas County?
“A person who drives a motor vehicle or vehicle under the influence of alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of both alcohol and one or more drugs.”
DUI is a misdemeanor upon an initial conviction, but it can become a class 4 felony after a person faces three or more prior convictions of DUI. Since the man from the news story was driving under the influence of alcohol, he would likely face charges of DUI. Additionally, because the man caused injury to the passengers in his vehicle after driving drunk, he would also be facing charges of Vehicular Assault.
What is Vehicular Assault in Arapahoe and Jefferson County?
In Arapahoe and Jefferson County, Vehicular Assault, C.R.S. 18-3-205, charges occur when someone drives in a reckless manner and causes serious bodily injury to another person. If a person drives while under the influence of alcohol or one or more drugs (or both), and causes serious bodily injury to another, Vehicular Assault charges will also be filed. Because the man was driving under the influence of alcohol and caused serious bodily injury to his passengers, he would likely face charges of Vehicular Assault. In Colorado, “serious bodily injury” includes bodily injury which, either at the time of the actual injury or at a later time, involves a risk of death, serious permanent disfigurement, loss or impairment of a body part or organ of the body, or breaks, fractures, or burns of the second or third degree. Vehicular Assault is a class 5 felony when driving recklessly and causing injury to another person. But, when a person drives under the influence of alcohol or drugs (or both) and causes injury to another person, Vehicular Assault is a class 4 felony and a strict liability crime.
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If you are pulled over by a police officer who believes you have committed Vehicular Assault in Adams County, you must submit to a blood, breath or urine test. Refusing to submit to testing can lead to the suspension of your Colorado driver's license. For more information on Vehicular Assault and DUI charges in Colorado, contact a criminal defense lawyer from the O'Malley Law Office. The early involvement of a criminal defense attorney can lead to case acquittals, case dismissals or reduced sentences in your Vehicular Assault or DUI case.
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