Grand Junction Vehicular Homicide Attorneys
Vehicular homicide is one of the most serious charges you can face as a Colorado driver. This charge covers any collision that causes the death of another person, but there are ways to fight it. Typically, after a fatal crash, the police will pin the blame on the intoxicated driver, despite the fact that she may not have been at fault for the collision. If the collision itself was the fault of another person, there is no justification to charge you with homicide.
If you or someone you love was arrested for vehicular homicide in Grand Junction, you need a tough lawyer. Mesa County is one of the most punitive counties in the state, and the prosecution will seek the harshest possible penalties for you. But our team of Grand Junction vehicular homicide defense attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC, have the expertise to defend your future. We have handled thousands of DUI cases and fought to get our clients reduced charges or complete dismissals. To get the best defense in Grand Junction (and a free case evaluation), call us at (970) 243-4357.
Under Colorado Revised Statutes 18-3-106, vehicular homicide is defined as one person’s reckless or drunken/drugged operation of a motor vehicle that results in the death of another person. The charge can be filed after another person, not the driver, dies due to injuries sustained in a car accident, pedestrian accident, motorcycle accident, or bicycle accident.
For charges to be filed, the prosecutor must have evidence that the accused was engaged in reckless driving conduct or under the influence and that his actions caused the dead of another person. Reckless driving means showing a disregard for the safety of others by taking an unjustifiable risk.
Reckless driving can include:
- Driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol
- Driving on the opposite side of the road
- Using a cell phone while driving
- Fleeing the police
Vehicular homicide may be filed as either a class 3 or class 4 felony based on the nature of the crime. A class 4 felony is the lesser charge and can result in a prison sentence from two to six years and fines ranging from $2,000 to $500,000. If alcohol or drug intoxication is believed to have led to the fatal accident, a class 3 felony charge will be filed, which carries penalties of four to twelve years in state prison and fines ranging from $3,000 to $750,000.
When a case is investigated by our law firm, we often discover errors in police procedure, faulty alcohol or drug testing methods, or errors in how the cause of the accident was determined. The first step you should take to protect your freedom and future is to hire a criminal lawyer who has extensive trial experience and a profound knowledge of DUI testing.
When our team at Peters & Nolan, LLC, takes on a case of vehicular homicide, we go the distance to discover errors in police procedure, DUI testing, and the accident investigation itself. We work overtime to protect the legal rights of our clients. You are presumed innocent – but you will find it does not feel that way. You may be jailed, treated as if you are guilty as charged, and subjected to aggressive questioning by police investigators.
Call Peters & Nolan, LLC, to discuss your case. Your defense should be initiated immediately after your arrest, as the earlier we get involved, the better your chances of achieving a positive outcome. Mesa County is the largest county in Colorado, known for incarcerating more people per capita than any other county in the state, and early intervention could be critical.
Andrew J. Peters and Andrew J. Nolan have been involved in resolving thousands of cases involving DUI. Our knowledge and insight are above and beyond the ordinary. Call us at (970) 243-4357 to discuss your case in a free first consultation today.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.