In Colorado, “vehicular assault” is a felony, and serious penalties may be imposed on a person who is convicted of committing the crime. A vehicular assault conviction in Colorado may be based on either one of two different parts of the vehicular assault law. These are:
“If a person operates or drives a motor vehicle in a reckless manner, and this conduct is the proximate cause of serious bodily injury to another, such person commits vehicular assault,” or “If a person operates or drives a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of both alcohol and one or more drugs, and this conduct is the proximate cause of a serious bodily injury to another, such person commits vehicular assault. This is a strict liability crime.”
The second half of the statute prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol and/or a wide range of drugs, including legally prescribed medications if those medications impair the driver “to a degree that such person is substantially incapable…of exercising clear judgment, sufficient physical control, or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle.” Although this is not the precise definition that appears in Colorado’s drunk driving laws, a person charged with a DUI or DWAI in Colorado who was also involved in a traffic accident may face vehicular assault charges as well.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, vehicular assault, or another serious crime, you need the help of an aggressive and experienced Colorado felony defense lawyer. Attorney Timothy Bussey has the experience to build a strong case that fights for the best possible outcome while also protecting your legal rights. For a confidential consultation, call The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. today at 719-475-2555.