The criminal law process may seem complex but understanding the ways it works to protect accused individuals can be important. Following a motor vehicle accident in a Denver suburb, a 54-year old man is facing DUI and vehicular homicide charges. The accident killed one 17-year old teenage girl and injured another 18-year old. According to authorities, the man was driving southbound when he crossed multiple lanes of traffic and collided with the northbound vehicle the two teenage girls were in. The man was arrested for driving under the influence, reckless driving, vehicular assault and vehicular homicide. According to police, the man does not have a prior arrest record in Colorado and his blood alcohol content level was twice the 0.08 legal limit in Colorado.
Both felony charges and DUI charges have significant potential to disrupt the life of an accused party in undesirable ways. By definition, felony charges, such as vehicular assault and vehicular homicide can carry severe penalties, including more than a year in prison. DUI charges can also carry serious penalties which can be both criminal and administrative in nature.