Vehicular manslaughter charges are felony charges in the state of Colorado that can come with very long jail sentences, among other penalties, especially if the accused person has a criminal record, is on parole or probation at the time of the offense, or is proven to have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident. Generally, however, vehicular manslaughter charges will be classified as either a:
Class 4 felony if reckless driving without intoxication has been alleged against the accused. While a Class 4 felony charge can carry between 1 and 12 years in prison and between $2,000 and $500,000 in fines if the accused is ultimately convicted of these charges, the possible prison sentence can be increased up to 16 years if the incident as been deemed to be an extraordinary risk crime.
Class 3 felony if the accused was allegedly intoxicated during the incident. Upon conviction of a Class 3 felony vehicular manslaughter charge, the offender can be sentenced to between 2 and 24 years in prison (or up to 32 years in prison for extraordinary risk crimes) and fines between $3,000 and $750,000.
In addition to possible prison sentences and expensive fines, those convicted of vehicular manslaughter can be forced to:
Change careers, as convictions and a criminal record can prevent a person from being able to pursue his preferred job or career choice
Live with the future shame associated with convictions on these charges.
How Our Denver Vehicular Manslaughter Defense Attorneys Can Help
With so much in jeopardy when someone is accused of vehicular manslaughter, it is critical that the accused has the trusted Denver defense lawyers at the Adams Law Firm working on their side to aggressively defend their rights. Depending on the facts of the case, our skilled Denver vehicular manslaughter attorneys may be able to argue that:
Objects or animals in the roadways, poor weather conditions and/or lack of signage or roadway lighting caused the accident, not reckless driving or a DUI.
The police failed to read the accused his rights and/or follow proper legal procedures during the arrest, collection of evidence and overall investigation.
Another driver (and not the accused individual) was, in fact, driving recklessly, disobeying traffic laws and/or intoxicated, which caused the accident.
If you or a loved one has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, we strongly encourage you to learn more about your legal rights and receive a professional assessment of your case by contacting our Denver vehicular manslaughter defense attorneys. Email us or call us at (720) 333-9490.
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