The severity of criminal cases vary depending on the circumstances. If a person is charged with DUI, he or she may think that the case will be relatively simple to address. However, drunk driving cases can be complex, and if the charges resulted from an accident that caused the death of another person, it is almost certain that the accused party will have a lot to deal with.
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In Colorado, DUI penalties are enhanced when the operator has also caused an accident as a result of driving under the influence. Where the accident causes a serious injury, the prosecutor will likely charge the accused with felony assault charges, i.e., the offense of vehicular assault. The penalty for vehicular assault associated with DUI is up to four years incarceration and a fine up to $500,000, along with a license suspension and other consequences.
The prosecution of DUI charges in Colorado continues to stoke disagreement regarding marijuana and controlled substance enforcement policies. One legislator recently introduced a controversial bill that would allow police to arrest drivers based on a "presumption" of driving under the influence of marijuana or controlled drugs. Currently, the DUI limit for THC in the operator's blood is 5 nanograms.
Colorado has struggled to regulate and prosecute drivers operating motor vehicles under the influence of marijuana well before it became legal in 2014. Since legalization, standardization of what constitutes a DUI involving marijuana has been heavily debated. One lawmaker is proposing a change to the current law with a recent bill introduced to the Colorado legislature.