Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can be dangerous on a number of levels. Not only does it risk the life of the driver who is under the influence along with any passengers in his or her car, but it also puts everyone else on the road in danger. Sometimes, driving under the influence can pose a serious risk of safety even to individuals who are not sharing the road. According to the Longmont Times-Call, that was recently the case when a driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol crashed his sport utility vehicle into the living room of a Longmont home, allegedly barely missing severely injuring some of the occupants.
According to the article, there were six people in the home. Two of the individuals had just poured a glass of wine and were going to retrieve some things from another area of the home when they were forced to run from what they originally thought was an explosion. Slowly, all of the occupants in the home at the time emerged to find a sport utility vehicle had crashed into the living room wall leaving an eight-foot hole where the wall used to be.
Shortly thereafter, several other individuals rushed into the home to make sure everyone was OK. Among these people included the driver of another vehicle that had been hit by the sport utility vehicle a few moments prior to it crashing into the home. The article notes that this was the second time in a week that a vehicle had crashed into a home in Longmont, with another driver suspected of operating under the influence recently driving through a fence and a shed before colliding with another home.
DUI with Property Damage
If the driver is found to have been operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, he will be facing serious consequences. However, when a DUI conviction involves property damage, especially extensive property damage like in the story above, then the penalties faced can be even more severe. A DUI with property damage can lead to a felony charge depending on the value of the property and the circumstances of the accident leading to property damage. There are several considerations when determining property damage charges, and working with a criminal defense attorney as early as possible in the DUI process can help you anticipate these charges.
Legal Assistance with Colorado DUIs
If you are facing a Colorado DUI, the consequences of conviction can be severe. If your DUI involves the injury or death of another person or any damage to property either intentionally or unintentionally, it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense team that understands the nuances of Colorado law surrounding these types of charges. The Tiftickjian Law Firm focuses on working with clients facing these types of charges and understands the many approaches to defending against DUI charges in Colorado. For help with your Colorado DUI charge, contact the Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation where you can find out more about the charges you are facing and how their criminal defense team can work to face those charges with you.
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