Vehicular Homicide in Denver, Boulder or Jefferson County consists of causing the death of another while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or while driving recklessly. This type of accident is alarming, both to the public, and the victim’s family. With this extremely serious felony, it is best to hire a fully experienced criminal defense lawyer in Colorado to defend you and protect your future.
Denver, Highlands Ranch, and Lone Tree police will liberally charge Vehicular Homicide when a death accident occurs that may be the result of drinking at a party, or even the result of driving on unpredictable, icy roads. The filing of such a charge is often the result of pressure from the families of a victim.
How Vehicular Homicide is Charged
Vehicular Homicide in Weld or Douglas County, and every other county of Colorado, is charged in two ways:
1. Class 4 Felony
“If a person operates or drives a motor vehicle in a reckless manner, and such conduct is the proximate cause of the death of another, such person commits vehicular homicide.”
2. Class 3 Felony
“If a person operates or drives a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or one or more drugs (likened to DUI– C.R.S. 42-4-1301), and such conduct is the proximate cause of the death of another, such person commits vehicular homicide.”
Vehicular Homicide cases may go to jury trial or, because of a plea bargain, may result in a lesser sentence. The level of seriousness is based on the crucial definitions for words such as “proximate cause”, “driving under the influence” and “reckless” for courts in Broomfield, Boulder, or Larimer County. The offense of Vehicular Homicide has harsh penalties, and possible imprisonment is a reality. In fact, the class 4 felony could result in up to twelve years in prison, while the class 3 felony version can result in up to twenty-four years in prison. Because of the life-changing consequences of a Vehicular Homicide conviction, it is vital that you work with an outstanding criminal defense traffic crimes attorney who will be your advocate in court to protect your future.
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The team of criminal defense lawyers at the O’Malley Law Office are skilled and are able to employ expert witnesses to assist in your defense. Our expert witnesses are professionals in their fields and can offer you the following experts: a private investigator, accident reconstructionist, or police procedure expert. Once our experts and lawyers have built a solid defense, proving you guilty beyond reasonable doubt will be hard for a District Attorney prosecutor to accomplish. Don’t stand alone in the courtroom and defend yourself. Work with a lawyer who has the experience and expertise to defend you in court and detail the evidence of the case for your jury. Here at the O’Malley Law Office, we fight to win.
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Colorado Vehicular Homicide Statute: C.R.S. 18-3-106
“If a person operates or drives a motor vehicle in a reckless manner, and such conduct is the proximate cause of the death of another, such person commits vehicular homicide.
(b) (I) If a person operates or drives a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of both alcohol and one or more drugs, and such conduct is the proximate cause of the death of another, such person commits vehicular homicide. This is a strict liability crime.”