Construction zones are a common sight on Colorado roadways, particularly during the summer months. These zones typically have reduced speed limits, barriers, warning signs, and additional lighting designed to protect the men and women working in close proximity to traffic. Drunk driving is always dangerous, but can be particularly dangerous in a construction zone. These areas often have uneven lanes, sharp turns, narrow lanes, rough surfaces, and other issues that can be difficult to navigate when sober. Trying to do so while impaired by drugs or alcohol can often result in devastating consequences and serious legal problems.
According to a report published by The Denver Post, authorities suspect a 61-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) after he drove his pickup truck through a construction site, injuring two workers. The report indicates that the man struck a parked construction truck on Austin Bluff Parkway in Colorado Springs causing both trucks to slide towards workers.
DUI accidents can result in significant penalties
Drinking and driving is taken very seriously by Colorado lawmakers, and the penalties associated with DUI have become significantly harsher over the past few decades. While a simple DUI is itself a serious criminal offense, when people are injured or property is damaged by a drunk driver the potential consequences can be significant. For example, if a drunk driver causes property damage, he or she may be convicted of felony DUI, which could carry a prison sentence of over 18 months. Similarly, if an intoxicated driver causes an accident that results in bodily injury, he or she could face a vehicular assault case, an offense that carries much more stringent penalties that a simple DUI.
A defense attorney can often help
It is important for people accused of DUI to understand that an arrest does not always result in a conviction. In many cases, there are many potential legal defenses that an experienced defense attorney may raise. If successful, these defenses may result in your case being dropped by the state, dismissed by the judge, or in a jury acquittal. Some of the more common include the following:
- Introducing evidence that any chemical testing performed was inaccurate
- Arguing that the way in which law enforcement handled your case violated your constitutional rights
- Introducing evidence that any signs of intoxication observed were actually the result of a medical condition
- Demonstrating that law enforcement was not properly trained to administer sobriety tests
Contact a Denver DUI defense attorney today to schedule a free consultation
People who are accused of drink driving are often facing significant legal penalties, particularly when there are injuries involved. These consequences could potentially include probation, fines, the loss of your driver’s license, and even jail time. The Denver DUI defense lawyers of the Tiftickjian Law Firm are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of individuals accused of drunk driving and other criminal offenses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at 303-DUI-5280 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.