A car crash is a situation nobody wants to find themselves in, let alone be responsible for. In Denver, the penalties for these accidents include heightened insurance rates, fines, and, if alcohol was involved, legal repercussions including serious and potential felony DUI charges.
When a drunk driver is involved in a car crash that leads to property damage or bodily injury, the penalties increase significantly. Colorado police will check the BAC of all parties involved in the accident and are able to charge anyone over the legal limit with a DUI or DWAI. If you are that driver, you may also be held responsible for all property damage or bodily injuries that resulted. Call us at 720-961-8985 if you have been involved in such an incident in the Denver, Aurora or Lakewood area for a free consultation about your case.
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In addition to a hefty fine and potential jail time, if you are charged with a DUI and are involved in a car crash, you may be held responsible for any bodily injury and damage caused to the persons or property involved. You should consult with an experienced attorney in Colorado right away. The victims of a DUI accident may sue the responsible party for bodily injury, medical bills, lost wages, and any devaluation of property that was damaged in the incident. Our experienced team of former prosecutors have years of experience defending crash related cases in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood and the surrounding area and can help reduce or eliminate the negative repercussions.
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When contacting our offices one of the first questions people will often ask our defense attorneys is “What is the chance of winning a case in Colorado?” Every case is unique and presents a different set of circumstances. For example, a case in Aurora would be defended differently from a case in Denver, or a case in Lakewood. However, the sooner you contact a lawyer, the greater your chances are of getting a favorable outcome. Our attorneys have the combined experience of handling thousands of cases throughout their careers.
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When a DUI accident results in property damage or bodily injury, whether it be due to a single car crash or a collision involving multiple vehicles, the penalties can quickly increase and will often lead to a felony charge. It is imperative to contact a Colorado DUI lawyer who specializes in car accident cases such as this to review your arrest records and establish a defense that can be presented in court and save you from possible life-changing consequences of your crash.
If another person was harmed your DUI accident case, you could be potentially facing both criminal and civil lawsuits related to the medical bills, lost wages and other property damages that occurred as a result of the victim’s bodily injury. The criminal penalties for such a case in Colorado can range from driver’s license suspension and expensive fines to a year of time spent in jail. A felony DUI charge is also possible in the case of a car crash involving bodily injury or property damage and can have devastating lifelong effects. If you have been in a car accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs it is important that you seek legal representation right away.
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Our Colorado lawyers aggressively defend your rights. Certain situations offer options such as evidence suppression, dismissal of the charges, or greatly reduced penalties, but only an experienced lawyer will be able to understand the circumstances surrounding your case fully. If you have prior charges or a felony on your record, it is especially important to contact a defense attorney promptly to seek advice and understand your case.
Driver’s License Revocations from DUI
A DUI arrest results in two separate legal proceedings against you: the criminal case and an administrative license revocation hearing through the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles. If your BAC is confirmed through chemical testing to be .08 or above, or if you refused to submit to a breath or blood test, you will be subject to a license revocation through a civil administration hearing.
Alcohol Related Driving Offenses
There are two different alcohol related offenses that can result from driving after you have consumed alcohol. Whether you are charged with one or the other depends on the amount of alcohol in your system. The charges are: “Driving While Ability Impaired” – DWAI and “Driving Under the Influence” – DUI.
The Colorado law firm, Thomas Law Firm, defends all types of DUIs, from drug related to alcohol impaired driving offenses. If you have been accused of driving under the influence for felony or misdemeanor charges, contact our DUI criminal defense lawyers at(720) 542-6148.
Injury Property Damage And Car Crash DUI
A car crash is a situation nobody wants to find themselves in, let alone be responsible for. In Denver, the penalties for these accidents include heightened insurance rates, fines, and, if alcohol was involved, legal repercussions including serious and potential felony DUI charges. When a drunk driver is involved in a car crash that leads to property damage or bodily injury, the penalties increase significantly.
DUI/DWAI for Commerical Drivers
Penalties for receiving a DUI are much harsher for commercial drivers and the consequences may reach far beyond losing your license and paying a fine. Commercial drivers are subject to stricter standards because their job requires them to operate vehicles that can contain toxic waste or precious cargo—it is a matter of public safety that these drivers be as safe as possible. Driving drunk while operating a company vehicle puts the company as well as the public-at-large at risk.
Recent changes to Colorado law have made it so it is now legal to possess and use marijuana. However, it is still a crime to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana or any other drug. A conviction for driving under the influence of drugs will lead to the same penalties as driving under the influence of alcohol.