It is common for prosecutors to charge individuals with multiple criminal charges for the same alleged crime. If convicted of all charges, punishment can be issued for each charge during sentencing, increasing an individual's terms of punishment. It can be difficult to navigate how to build a defense strategy for all the different charges without a skilled Colorado criminal defense attorney. One man likely used an attorney following the multiple charges of felonies he faced.
The 27-year-old man was accused and arrested for crashing into two pedestrians as they crossed a parkway late at night. Unfortunately, the driver did not stop and fled the scene of the accident. One pedestrian suffered minor injuries, but the other victim died. The deceased victim was a 19-year-old male freshman at college.
Because the driver did not remain at the scene of the accident involving a death, he was charged with a felony. He was also charged with a vehicular homicide, which was also a felony. He decided to plead guilty to both felonies but not guilty to other charges. His sentencing hearing is expected to occur later this summer. In addition to his current charges, the driver has a previous record of other misdemeanors.
Guilty or not guilty of alleged crimes, a criminal defense attorney is an asset to an individual throughout the entire process. A Colorado attorney will not only advise a client on the best approach to a case but will advocate for rights during arrests. If convictions of felonies occur, attorneys can also be of assistance to negotiate lesser sentence terms.
Source: gazette.com, "Driver pleads guilty in hit-and-run that killed UCCS student", Liz Forster, May 8, 2018