Vehicular Homicide Defense Attorney
Subsequent DUI Expectations
Vehicular homicide cases are taken seriously by Colorado prosecutors. DUI-Vehicular Homicide is an automatic Class 3 Felony. Such cases are typically emotional and complex. They are aggressively prosecuted by the State. If you have been accused of vehicular homicide you may be feeling an overwhelming amount of remorse or regret. Not only do you face a difficult situation in the present, if convicted you could face a long prison sentence to pay for the crime. There is no time to waste in seeking a strong Colorado criminal defense attorney at this time to protect your rights in the criminal justice system.
A charge of vehicular homicide implies that a person other than the driver of the vehicle was killed in the accident. The defendant is almost always the driver who unlawfully drove or operated a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. Vehicular homicide differs from murder in that intent to kill is not required as an element to prove the crime.
Penalties for Vehicular Homicide
Felony offenses in Colorado are the most serious offenses. A conviction for a Class 3 Felony in invokes strict penalties, characterized by lengthy prison sentences and astronomical fines:
- 4 to 12 years in prison, and up to 24 years if the judge finds extraordinary aggravating factors
- Fines of a minimum of $3,000 and up to $750,000
Vehicular homicide charges can also be a Class 4 Felony. Although a Class 4 Felony is one tier lower than a Class 3 Felony, penalties are harsh, with prison sentences of between 2 and 6 years and fines of $2,000 to $500,000.
Call a Dedicated Attorney
If more than one person was killed in a DUI vehicular homicide accident, you can face additional charges in addition to other criminal or traffic charges. This is a very serious offense for which you need the representation of a dedicated attorney. A competent attorney can consider the strength and weaknesses of the evidence against you to develop a strong case. Attorney Miller Leonard is a devoted DUI defense lawyer in Golden, Colorado who has defended criminally accused persons for over 17 years. Call now.