Getting arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol means facing the uncertainty of the Colorado criminal justice system. It is possible that a driver may be able to plead to a lesser charge or that a skilled attorney can successfully challenge the blood alcohol concentration evidence. However, if the arrest results from an accident that leaves another driver injured, the charges may be more serious than DUI and may even include felonies.
Recently, a crash between a car and a motorcycle left a 19-year-old man in critical condition in a medically-induced coma. The young man's motorcycle was apparently struck by motor vehicle driven by a 41-year-old. Police say the car failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with the motorcycle in the intersection. Despite the high-end safety equipment the motorcyclist was wearing, he suffered damage to his collarbone, a severed artery and other injuries to the left side of his body.
Police say the other driver was likely impaired at the time of the accident. They arrested him at the scene and charged him with DUI, insurance violations, failing to stop at a stop sign and other misdemeanors. However, the charge that could alter the course of his life is the felony vehicular assault. The man has no criminal history, but the serious nature of the victim's injuries may influence the outcome of the case.
Felonies connected with a DUI arrest can be difficult to challenge. While it may be easy to become distracted by the emotional element of seeing a young man so seriously injured, it is important to remember that anyone arrested for such charges has the right to a fair trial and quality legal representation. A Colorado attorney with experience defending those accused of DUI and other charges can be an invaluable advocate.