Careless Driving Causing Injury or Death

Expert Attorneys in Arvada, Jefferson County, or Colorado, Ready to Represent You

If you have been accused of Careless Driving Causing Injury or Death, you have the right to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor who knows how district attorneys handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiation to courtroom battles.

Call us at 303-872-4719 in the greater Denver area or toll free at 888-725-2609 across Colorado for an initial consultation at reduced rates. You can also contact us online.

Whether in the Denver area, or anywhere in Colorado, careless driving causing injury or death occurs where a person operates or drives a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and use of the streets and highways and all other attendant circumstances and causes either bodily injury to another person or result in the death of another person.

Possible consequences for careless driving causing injury or death

The penalties for careless driving causing injury or death are the same. Both are classified as class 1 misdemeanor traffic offenses. If convicted of careless driving causing injury or death, then the person faces: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to sixty (60) days, or up to a two (2) year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a sentence to the county jail of up to one (1) year.

It is also important to note that conviction of careless driving causing death is a twelve (12) point offense, and it will likely result in a one (1) year suspension of your driving privileges. Careless driving causing injury is a four point offense and it, in and of itself, does not trigger a direct driver's license consequence.

Possible Defenses for careless driving causing death or injury

Whether a person is charged with careless driving causing death or careless driving causing injury, the general approach to defending a vehicular homicide charge remains the same. First, it is important to reconstruct the accident using a qualified expert; to include scene measurements and scene observations of skid marks, gauge marks, yaw marks, and other physical evidence. Second, the defense will center on establishing that the driver was not careless in his operation of the vehicle.

The remaining defenses that may be applied in a careless driving causing death or careless driving causing injury case apply with equal force to those that may apply in any other criminal case. This includes an analysis of any violation of constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent, the right to counsel, the right to have any searches and seizures bases on probable cause, a proper warrant, and the right to due process in the proper preservation of evidence that may be used against you. There are many other defenses that are available that rely on scrutinizing and exposing weaknesses in the prosecutor's case, such as: biased or incompetent witnesses, flawed crime scene investigation, flawed administration and procedures in collecting breath, blood, or urine for forensic testing, incompetent computer evidence, flawed photo line-ups, and inaccurate crime scene / accident reconstructions.

It is important that you hire a skilled and experienced Careless Driving Causing Injury or Death lawyer to defend you in a Careless Driving Causing Injury or Death case in Arvada, Jefferson County, or across Colorado.

Call us at 303-872-4719 in the greater Denver area or toll free across Colorado at 888-725-2609 for an initial consultation at reduced rates. You can also contact us online.