Denver Vehicular Homicide Defense Lawyers
What Is Vehicular Homicide?
Colorado law maintains that a person may be guilty of vehicular homicide if their negligence or recklessness while operating a motor vehicle causes another person’s death. In these cases, the state considers recklessness or negligence a conscious disregard of the risks associated with a person’s actions or decisions. Examples of what this looks like include driving while drunk or well over the speed limit.
These offenses are serious and often result in felony charges that carry years in prison and hefty fines. If you have been charged with vehicular homicide, do not wait to retain an experienced lawyer. Attorney J.Y. Kang and Attorney Vince Buckmelter have represented tens of thousands of clients and have the skill and know-how to show for it. They take on clients with cases in Denver, Vail, Boulder, Aurora, Commerce City, Westminster, Arvada, Lakewood, and Golden.
To find out what either lawyer can offer, call (303) 223-3762 today or connect with our office online.
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Penalties for Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular homicide is a felony offense in Colorado. The penalties for a conviction can include fines of up to $500,000 and a prison sentence of two to six years. In cases where a person was driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs and committed vehicular homicide, they could face more severe penalties, including fines of up to $750,000 and 4 to 12 years in prison.
Defenses Against Vehicular Homicide Charges
There are multiple defenses at the disposal of our Denver vehicular homicide attorneys.
These can include:
- Contending the defendant was not the driver of the vehicle.
- Arguing that the defendant was not aware of the risks of their driving, and therefore did not consciously disregard these risks.
- Demonstrating that the defendant was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or that the arresting officer made a mistake when administering a sobriety test.
- Highlighting law enforcement’s violations of the defendant’s rights.
Our attorneys understand that people make mistakes and nobody who gets behind the wheel intends to cause harm to another person. To tell your story to an experienced lawyer who will fight aggressively for your rights and freedoms, turn to our office.
Marijuana, Prescription Drugs, and Vehicular Homicide
It is illegal in Colorado to drive under the influence of alcohol and illegal or legal drugs. In cases of vehicular homicide, it is not a valid defense to claim that a defendant used legal drugs. Courts will still convict a person of vehicular homicide in these situations.