Some Colorado residents progress through life without ever having a negative interaction with law enforcement agents. Others seem to repeatedly find themselves facing charges associated with any number of criminal offenses in court. Sometimes, an alleged infraction might be for a very minor offense. Other situations, however, might involve drunk driving charges or issues such as felony offenses that will likely carry severe penalties if a conviction is handed down.
A man was recently acquitted of vehicular assault in connection with multiple alleged drunk driving incidents. The Colorado Department of Corrections also announced that he will not incur revocation of his current parole status. The parole stems from a serious situation that occurred in 1988 and is scheduled to expire in 2016.
The man has been convicted of misdemeanors related to the DUI charges. A sentence hearing was recently rescheduled for a day in mid-December. Apparently, the rescheduling was prompted due to the man’s tardiness in arriving for the previously scheduled hearing. He explained to the court that he thought he was early, not late, for the court date.
In similar circumstances, it would most likely behoove a person facing drunk driving charges or issues that arise during subsequent hearings, to retain the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. He or she would be able to clarify legal issues and guide a defendant through the often complicated court system. Anyone facing criminal charges in court will want to ensure that personal rights are protected and able to be exercised throughout the legal process. In this case, the man’s defense counsel is likely focused on ensuring leniency before the court with regard to the sentence to be imposed.
Source: gazette.com, “Colorado Springs man convicted in DUI crash will wait to learn his fate”, Chhun Sun and Matt Steiner, Accessed on Dec. 9, 2015