Vehicular Manslaughter with DUI

Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System drivers and passengers are three times more likely to be killed by an accident caused by a drunk driver at night rather than during the day. In El Paso County alone, 44 fatalities occurred from 2005–2009 as a result of drunk driving accidents. When someone is killed in a car accident, and one of the drivers is determined to be under the influence of alcohol at the time, criminal charges of vehicular manslaughter will be filed.

Even if that accident was somehow unavoidable or otherwise not the driver's fault, prosecutors and judges are extremely harsh on drunk driving cases where someone lost their life, especially if the defendant had a blood or breath test that showed their BAC was over the legal limit. If you have been arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol, you must be aware of the serious penalties at stake for this felony offense.

The Samuelson Law Firm knows how serious vehicular manslaughter charges can be. Simply being accused of drunk driving can have a profound impact on your future. When someone has been fatally injured as well, you cannot afford anything less than the most aggressive defense possible. You future will be impacted. Minimize the charges against you with a DUI defense lawyer!

Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter in CO

In a vehicular manslaughter case, the DUI penalties are much harsher. If convicted, you could be sentenced to the following penalties for a Class 3 felony:

1. Probation with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to 90 days

2. Four to twelve years in the Department of Corrections

3. Up to 24 years in the Department of Corrections if the court finds the presence of exceptional circumstances

Many police officers, judges, and prosecutors will ignore the facts of the case and only focus on the fact that this is a DUI. This is not fair to you. You deserve to have a fair case that takes into account all of the factors that contributed to the accident. A part of your vehicle malfunctioning, weather and road conditions can all contribute to an accident that may have occurred whether or not anyone was drinking.

When you contact The Samuelson Law Firm, I can provide you with the legal counsel and representation you need to devise the best defense possible for you. By investigating your accident and the evidence brought against you, we can hopefully minimize the penalties and damages to your life and reputation that will come with a conviction. It is my hope to have every client found innocent, or at the very least, to have the charges reduced.