A 29-year-old man from Fort Collins is currently facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly crashing his ATV while drunk and, in the process, killing a 26-year-old woman. According to the police report associated with this case, the accused individual was driving his ATV at around 1:30 am on November 18, 2013 when police arrived at the scene to investigate. The authorities had been called by neighbors who had filed official noise complaints.
When police attempted to stop and question the defendant, he reportedly sped off and ended up losing control of the ATV. The resulting crash threw the 26-year-old woman who was the passenger in the ATV from the vehicle, and she was later declared dead at the scene. The man, who sustained serious injuries from the ATV accident, was later arrested by Fort Collins police. Recently, the man was officially arraigned in this case, and currently, the charges he is facing as a result of this fatal ATV accident include:
- DUI charges
- Vehicular homicide charges
- Reckless driving charges
- Vehicular eluding charges.
While the DUI has likely been filed as a misdemeanor, the other charges in this case are serious felonies that can land the defendant in prison for years. Specifically, the vehicular homicide charge alone – which is a Class 3 felony charge – can result in up to 24 years in prison upon conviction.
Factors That May Complicate The Defense
Although the charges in this case are very serious, the situation may be further compounded if any of the following factors also allegedly played a role in the deadly ATV accident:
- The defendant was on probation and/or parole when the accident occurred.
- The defendant did not have a valid Colorado driver’s license.
- The defendant’s blood alcohol level was greater than 0.18.
- The defendant has a criminal history of prior DUIs (or other criminal convictions).
Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers
The authorities take allegations of felony crimes, particularly when they have allegedly been committed by individuals who have a criminal record or when they involve victims, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of any felony or misdemeanor crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. As soon as you start working with our trusted criminal defense lawyers, we will begin investigating your case, interviewing witnesses and compiling evidence to support your defense. We will also work diligently to get the prosecution’s evidence against you thrown out of court and, whenever possible, to get the charges against you reduced or potentially even dismissed entirely. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.