While many cases of DUI arrest occur as a result of an officer pulling over a vehicle, when an accident occurs, the accused may leave the scene before law enforcement officials arrive. In these cases, the accused will likely be facing multiple criminal charges, some of which may include:
- Hit-and-run or leaving the scene of the incident (Colorado law dictates that parties involved in an accident must wait for police to arrive so they can each report the details of the incident.)
- DUI or driving while impaired, based on witness statements and the fact that this is one of the primary reasons that police suspect an individual leaves the scene of an accident
- Vehicular assault, should another individual be injured as a result of the accident
- Vehicular manslaughter, should another be killed as a result of the accident
Drunk Driving Hit-And-Run Defense
Having the strongest possible defense to charges of leaving the scene of a DUI (or drunk driving hit-and-run charges) will be critical to minimizing the chances of conviction and the resulting penalties, which can include:
- Lengthy prison sentences and subsequent parole terms
- Permanent criminal records
- Crippling fines, which can be compounded if an injured party decides to file a civil case against the offender
- Community service and/or mandatory attendance to alcohol education programs
- Other, non-court-ordered punishments, such as expensive insurance premiums, loss of jobs, future inability to secure gainful employment and possibly damage to one’s family
In building defense cases for our clients accused of leaving the scene of a DUI or an alleged DUI-related accident, our legal team may argue, depending the nature of an individual’s case, that the accused was not intoxicated or that there has been a case of mistaken identity (i.e., someone other than our client committed the crime).
Regardless of the circumstances of your DUI case, it’s vital that you work with the distinguished Denver DUI attorneys at Flesch & Beck Law for the best chances of resolving your case as beneficially as possible. For a FREE, no-obligations evaluation of your case, contact our offices today by emailing or calling us at (303) 806-8886.