Being arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Colorado is a very serious charge for anyone, including minors. For an adult to be charged with DUI in Colorado, they must have a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08%. But for anyone under the age of 21 who is caught drinking and operating a vehicle, that number is set much lower at 0.02%. That means that if you are under 21 in Colorado, just one beer can put you over the legal limit. In other words, it’s best not to drink at all if you plan on getting behind the wheel.
What are the Penalties for DUI as a Minor in Colorado?
Being charged with underage DUI or UDD in Colorado can carry severe consequences. Listed below are the penalties for underage drunk driving in Colorado:
- First offense. If a person under 21 has a BAC between .02% and .05%, it is considered a class A traffic infraction. This comes with a fine up to $150, the suspension of your license for up to 3 months, 4 points on your driving record, and up to 24 hours of community service.
- Second offense. A second offense is classified as a class 2 misdemeanor and carries fines up to $300, possible jail time (between 10-90 days), the suspension of your license for up to 6 months, 4 points on your driving record, and increased community service hours.
It’s important to remember that if you are caught with a BAC above .05 %, then you could face the same charges as an adult. It’s also worth noting that UDD offenders are usually required to complete educational and alcohol treatment programs at their own expense, and that adding points to your driving record can significantly increase the cost of your insurance.
An underage drunk driving charge in Colorado can be time consuming, expensive and frightening for those involved. That’s why it’s important to have a qualified and experienced attorney on your side if you have been charged with DUI or UDD.
Contact a Colorado DUI Defense Attorney
John Anderson, an Adams County DUI Lawyer, can provide you with comprehensive legal support during this challenging time. He will thoroughly investigate all the facts in your case to develop a strong defense designed to meet the prosecution at every turn. Contact the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr., LLC online to discuss your legal needs, or call us today at (303) 880-7994 for a consultation.