A 23-year-old man has recently turned himself into Thornton law enforcement officials in connection with a hit-and-run accident that occurred in the early morning of Sunday December 15th. According to the police report associated with this case, the hit-and-run car accident occurred in the parking lot of the Home Depot located at Grant Street just after 1:30 am on Sunday. The driver allegedly responsible for the hit-and-run reportedly hit the passenger side of a truck, injuring a 63-year-old man who was trying to get into the truck at the time of the collision.

Following the accident, the suspect fled the scene, and the injured man was taken to a local hospital to be treated for serious head injuries. He reportedly is still in critical condition, and news regarding whether the man is expected to make a complete recovery has not, as of the date of this article, been made public.

Criminal Hit-and-Run Charges

Currently, the suspect in this case is facing a number of different criminal charges, including charges of:

  • Vehicular assault, which is typically a Class 5 felony and, as such, can be punishable by up to 3 years in prison upon conviction
  • Leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in bodily injury, which is also typically a Class 5 felony
  • Careless driving, which is typically a Class 1 misdemeanor and, as such, can be punishable by up to 1 year in jail upon conviction.

Given the fact that the suspect in this case did turn himself in to the authorities (rather than waiting to be identified and caught by them), he may have some leverage to work out a favorably plea deal with the prosecutor, which would likely involve dropping some of the more serious criminal charges in this case in exchange for a guilty plea to the lesser charges.

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.