Traffic-tied criminal charges in Colorado run a broad and varied gamut, with consequences that can range from the relatively inconsequential to, well, something else.
That “something else” encompasses penalties that feature at the extreme margins of potentially harsh punishment for violators of behind-the-wheel laws.
An introductory point re vehicular assault and vehicular homicide
There is no better example of that than the starkly punitive exactions sought by Colorado prosecutors in cases alleging vehicular assault or vehicular homicide.
We note a preliminary point concerning those charges on our website at the established Denver criminal defense law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates.
That is this: Unlike many other incidents involving assault and murder, the vehicle-linked crimes cited above “rarely occur from a planned action.”
In other words, a motive grounded in wrongdoing is commonly absent. What leads to a charge of vehicular assault or homicide is far more often unintentional conduct not remotely aimed at harming another person.
Notwithstanding that notable point, state law enforcers rigorously seek to extract maximum penalties in such cases. We provide some detail below.
Colorado’s enforcement focus in vehicular assault/homicide cases
Vehicular assault and homicide charges in Colorado are felony offenses that link with potentially draconian penalties. Most centrally, that involves the potential for lengthy incarceration.
Such as outcome is obviously life-upending. We note on our website that it “can ruin your life, devastate your family and put you in prison for over a couple of decades.”
That is obviously frightening, but it certainly does not spell an inevitable result in any given case. A proven defense legal team will always fight aggressively to expose prosecutorial weaknesses and materially reduce or eliminate criminal charges.
We welcome contacts to the firm to address questions or concerns regarding vehicular assault/homicide or any other criminal charge.