The consequences of a conviction for drunk driving in Colorado can be serious. A criminal defense attorney can help an individual understand the potential sentencing of a DUI charge in the event of a conviction. In order to recommend a defense, an attorney evaluates collected evidence, the extent of property damage, and injuries and/or death caused to others in the event that an accident occurs from the actions of a drunk driver. One woman is facing a 26-year prison sentence after an accident she was involved in resulted in the death of a father and son.
The 25-year-old female was involved in a crash with a man and his son. Sadly, both the 47-year-old father and his 17-year-old son were killed in the crash. The woman survived the crash and was arrested for suspicion of driving intoxicated.
A blood alcohol test would later indicate that the woman had a .142 alcohol level, which is almost twice the legal limit. In addition, other tests indicated that she likely had consumed some form of cocaine and a substance containing THC. She was charged and convicted of two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular assault and two counts of careless driving.
Not all cases of drunk driving result in fatal crashes. When they do, the potential consequences in the event of a conviction are serious as in this woman's case. Individuals who face charges of a DUI find that the advice and assistance of a Colorado criminal defense attorney can be in their best interest. With the right defense, some individuals may be able to avoid a conviction, have charges lessened or face a lesser sentence.