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What Happens: Underage DUI Convictions

What Happens: Underage DUI Convictions

One night, one night is all it takes for someone to go from a perfectly clean record to a DUI charge. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the charge, prosecutors take DUIs seriously, and they typically call for severe consequences. So what repercussions does a juvenile face when a judge convicts him or her of an underage DUI charge?

Consequences of an Underage DUI Conviction

Colorado, like most states, has a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to underage drinking and driving. Any juvenile found to have a BAC above 0.02% while behind the wheel is likely to face an underage DUI conviction. This strict stance is part of broader efforts to ensure road safety, such as the Colorado Labor Day DUI Crackdown, which aims to reduce incidents of impaired driving during one of the busiest holiday weekends. Exploring different defenses against DUIs could challenge such charges, ensuring the juvenile’s rights are protected.

Underage drinking or driving (UDD) first-offense conviction can result in consequences such as:

  • Fine up to $150,
  • Three-month suspension of a driver’s license,
  • Four points on Colorado driving record,
  • Community service up to 24 hours, and
  • Education and treatment program for alcohol or drugs (at your own expense).

It is important to note that, under Colorado underage laws a first-offense UDD conviction is a Colorado class A traffic infraction. Therefore, it is not considered a crime under Colorado law; subsequent convictions, however, are misdemeanor criminal offenses.

A second and subsequent UDD conviction can result in consequences such as:

  • 10-90 days in jail,
  • Fine of up to $300.

Fighting for Your Rights

Many people believe that juvenile DUI convictions aren’t a big deal: clearly this is not the case. The consequences and ramifications of a UDD conviction can have lasting impacts on a juvenile for years to come. Regardless of the substance, driving under the influence is incredibly dangerous. There’s an ongoing debate about whether impaired driving from marijuana use is exactly as dangerous as drunk driving. While research suggests both can significantly impair your judgment. If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a UDD, it is crucial that you fight for your rights.

Attorney Kevin Cahill has been fighting for the rights of individuals for decades. If you want experienced representation for your case, contact the Law Office of Kevin Cahill now!

Call (720) 445-9887 now for a free consultation concerning your UDD case.

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