Criminal Charges From Speed Contests And Speed Exhibitions
If you have been accused of engaging in a speed contest, 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.
Whether in the Denver area or anywhere in Colorado, engaging in a speed contest occurs when a person participates in the operation of one or more motor vehicles to conduct a race or a time trial by engaging in rapid acceleration, exceeding reasonable and prudent speeds, vying for position or performing multiple lane changes in an attempt to gain an advantage over other race participants. These cases are sometimes referred to as drag racing, speed exhibition cases or aggressive driving cases.
Possible Consequences For Engaging In A Speed Contest
The possible consequences for engaging in a speed contest include (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to 60 days, or up to a year in the county jail. Furthermore, for second and subsequent offenses, the court could order that an immobilization device be placed on the vehicle for up to 30 days.
Possible Defenses For Engaging In A Speed Contest
The general approach to defending a speed contest case will focus on analyzing whether the person acted in concert with others to engage in a contest. Many times, however, people may spontaneously engage in a speed contest as they are driving and involving other drivers they may not know. A particular defense may center on the fact that despite acts of bad driving, the evidence is insufficient to conclude that anyone was engaging in a speed contest.
The remaining defenses that may be applied in a speed contest 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 based on probable cause, a proper warrant, and the right to due process in the proper preservation of evidence that may be used against you. Many other defenses 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 lineups and inaccurate crime scene/accident reconstructions.
It is important that you hire a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer to defend you in a speed contest case in Denver or across Colorado.