A Denver woman will be defending against vehicular homicide charges, after a wrong-way crash an I-25 that resulted in the death of a single mother from Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs DUI defense lawyers realize that this case, like most vehicular homicide cases, is highly-charged with emotion and will present challenges to defense attorneys.
Unfortunately, the law doesn’t grant any leniency under this statute for merely not having any intention to hurt anyone.
The statute for vehicular homicide is found in Colorado Revised Statute 18-3-106. What this basically says is that you can be found guilty of vehicular homicide if you operate a motor vehicle in a manner that is deemed reckless, and that action results in the death of another person. You can also be charged with this crime under subsection B if you are driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and that action results in the death of another person.
If you are charged with simple vehicular homicide, it’s considered a Class 4 felony. If drugs or alcohol is involved, it’s considered a Class 3 felony. Class 4 felonies carry a minimum of two years and a maximum of six (sometimes eight, depending on the circumstances). A Class 3 felony, meanwhile, is more serious. It generally carries a minimum of four years behind bars, with the possibility for as many as 16 years. If other charges are tacked on – which they usually are – it can be more.
This is not to scare you – but it is reality, and you need to know what you’re up against before you set foot in the courtroom. You need to understand how critical it is to have an experienced attorney who will fight to ensure your rights are protected.
The Class 3 felony is what the defendant is facing in this case.
According to Denver police, a 26-year-old woman was driving her Lexus sport utility vehicle southbound on 1-25 just before midnight on May 14. The problem was that although she was traveling southbound, she was actually in the northbound lanes.
She reportedly struck two vehicles, killing the occupants of one of those vehicles, a 31-year-old Colorado Springs resident.
The driver of the sport utility vehicle, who was also injured, has been charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and DUI.