Nearly a year ago, in February of 2016, a man crashed his vehicle into the patrol car of an Adams County deputy, leaving the deputy gravely injured. The victim suffered two fractured vertebrae, while the driver has now been sentenced to 10 years in prison following his conviction of driving under the influence and vehicular assault.
While it may be debated what lead to the sentence of a decade in jail time, the defendant’s behavior did not do much to help his case. The facts of the incident themselves are surprising, even by DUI standards. Records indicate that the defendant was driving at over 90 mph with a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit when he struck the deputy’s vehicle — which was stopped at red light. Thankfully, the deputy was not permanently paralyzed. The defendant had previously faced another DUI conviction in 2008. To make matters even more dire for the defendant, the district attorney overseeing the case indicated that he had yet to acknowledge any wrongdoing.
If you are charged with a DUI, it is a serious matter and should be met with great care. Of course, it is crucial to obtain the best legal representation you can find, but it is also important to make it clear to the court that you understand the seriousness of your actions. Proper guidance can help you craft a strong defense to achieve an acceptable outcome to the charges. An experienced attorney can fight DUI charges with you and ensure that your rights will not be violated.
Source: The Denver Post, “DUI driver who hit Adams County patrol car gets 10-year sentence,” Kieran Nicholson, Jan. 13, 2017