Being charged with DUI can be one of the most stressful and frightening events in a person's life. The thought of serious consequences that could lead to financial difficulties or even jail time can cause many sleepless nights. Fortunately for those arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Colorado, a DUI charge does not mean an automatic conviction.
When someone is faced with DUI charges after an arrest in Colorado it can be daunting and worrisome. However, there may be various options available for an effective DUI defense strategy. Many times a case will offer possible effective arguments around the legitimacy of the evidence against the defendant. A Colorado DUI case that may soon be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court is just such a case.
Colorado readers may be aware of a recent appellate case involving a serious drunk driving accusation. A 45-year-old woman who was convicted for a number of traffic related charges, including vehicular homicide, has been granted a new trial. She was involved in a serious car accident that took place in 2009 during which two women lost their lives. After that crash, the woman was arrested under suspicion of DUI.
DUI charges are often daunting for people who are charged, especially when the possibility of being convicted is very real. DUI charges that are tied to a fatality up the stakes even more, as a conviction could carry serious consequences. For one Colorado woman recently arrested for a DUI in connection with a fatal accident, fear of conviction may be nearly overwhelming.
Last year in Colorado, a man was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated and causing a fatal accident. However, the driver who was blamed for the death entered a guilty plea for DUI in exchange for other charges being dropped. The man has been sentenced to one year in jail and a two-year probation period.
A DUI conviction carries long-term consequences, which can include fines, jail time and the loss or suspension of a driver's license. A Colorado teen and her parents will likely do all they can to avoid facing these serious consequences. She was charged with drunk driving after being involved in a fatal accident before she even received her driver's license.