A Denver man is behind bars after allegedly causing an accident while driving under the influence. This is the 11th time he has been charged with a DUI. However, this could be the most dire case.
The 54-year-old faces two counts for second degree assault, four counts for vehicular assault, and two counts of having four or more DUIs.
The Accident Happened on Christmas Night
Though the charges came down in the middle of February, the man has actually been behind bars for over a month, as he was arrested on Dec. 25. The Denver District Attorney's Office has said that he was impaired and caused a head-on collision with another vehicle. Two people in that vehicle are said to have suffered serious injuries, though they did survive the crash.
The man's ten previous DUI arrests date back over 20 years, according to the prosecution. As such, he is being held on a $50,000 bond, and he is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 29.
Additional Charges and an Aggravated DUI
As this case shows, DUI charges can have a much more significant impact when there are aggravating circumstances, such as prior arrests, accidents, injuries, or even deaths. In cases like these, it's incredibly important for people to know all of their rights and legal options, as conviction could land them in jail for a significant amount of time. People often think of DUI charges as little more than the loss of a license, fines, and perhaps a short time in jail, but they must know that specific circumstances and additional charges can alter this process.
Colorado's DUI Laws
Under Colorado's aggravated DUI laws, one of the main considerations is how high a person's Blood Alcohol Concentration is at the time of the arrest, and that could be a factor in this case. Additional factors that could turn this into an aggravated DUI case include prior arrests and injuries, both of which are present in this situation.
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