Preserving Evidence after an Accident to Protect Against Criminal Charges in Colorado

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Preserving Evidence for your Criminal Case After a Car AccidentAfter a car accident, very little evidence will be preserved by the police. If the accident did not involve serious bodily injury or death, virtually nothing will be preserved. The officers may take a few snapshots, then call a tow truck. As a result, it is of the utmost importance that you take good photographs of the scene as well as any debris from the accidents, so that an accident recreation specialist can recreate the relevant conditions of your accident if you are charged with a crime. Remember to photograph all relevant evidence, such as skid marks, the location of the cars, before they were moved, and any issues with the cars. This is especially important in Colorado in cases involving DUI, reckless driving, careless driving, or other traffic offenses where you will potentially need the evidence in both a criminal case and a civil case.

Also make sure you know where the cars are towed (your car and the other person’s car) so that the cars can be investigated by a specialist who can determine whether there were any mechanical problems with the cars that you could use in trial as a defense to the accident.

Additionally, when you are in an accident, there are usually people who saw the accident. Make sure to get these people’s names and numbers so that they can be contacted in the future.

The important thing to remember when you are in an accident is that you need to preserve as much evidence as possible so that you can defend yourself as best as possible if you are charged with a crime. That means you need to get someone to the scene as soon as possible who can preserve your evidence so that whomever you use in the future will have the strongest possible evidence for you. The easiest way to insure that all of the relevant evidence from the scene of the accident is documented is to hire an attorney as soon as the police are called. Then have your attorney call an investigator to the scene to immediately begin documenting the scene. If you are unhappy with this attorney later on, you can certainly hire a different attorney, so do not feel that you are locked into the first attorney. The purpose of hiring an attorney immediately is to make sure the evidence is preserved, not necessarily to represent you in front of a jury.

The information in this post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or as the creation of an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice, please contact an Attorney.

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Nathaniel has worked in criminal law on both sides of the aisle spending time working for the prosecution as well as the defense. Most recently Nathaniel has represented individuals in violent felonies and drug cases. Prior to this work, Nathaniel handled DWIs, Domestic Violence Cases, Property Crimes, and White Collar Crimes. On the prosecutorial side, Nathaniel has most notably worked in Bosnia helping to prosecute individuals who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Bosnian War from 1993-1995. In particular, Nathaniel helped in the prosecution of military leaders who arranged for the organized murders and rapes of innocent civilians in various towns in Bosnia. Nathaniel is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Northwestern University, and Phillips Exeter Academy. Google Profile: Nathaniel Baca