While the legal drinking age in the United States is 21, many people drink before they reach the legal drinking age. If you are underage and caught drinking and driving you are facing a whole new set of challenges.
Many people mistakenly think that a DUI is not a big deal and that any attorney can handle the case. This is not true. DUIs are complex legal cases that require legal experience and in-depth knowledge of the law as it applies to Colorado residents.
From our Boulder office, our lawyers at Dolan + Zimmerman LLP, have been handling these types of cases for years. We understand the unique set of circumstances and challenges facing underage drivers and will use our years of experience in the courtroom to find creative solutions that best protect your future.
The Consequences Of Underage Drinking And Driving
The “legal limit” for driving under the influence (DUI) is .08. A blood alcohol content of .05 to .078 can be the basis for a charge of DWAI. The legal limit is even lower for those who are under the age of 21.
Persons under the ages of 21 who drive with a blood alcohol content of .02 to .05 can be charged with underage drinking and driving (UDD).
A first-time UDD is a class A traffic infraction; possible penalties include:
- A fine
- Community service
- Completion of an alcohol education program
- Driver’s license revocation
- Possible probation
If this is your second offense, UDD is a traffic misdemeanor. This means, you are most likely looking at:
- More expensive fines
- A longer driver’s license revocation period
- Possible jail time
This Case Will Not Go Away On Its Own
If you are charged with UDD, you need to take action to best protect your future.
At Dolan + Zimmerman LLP, our attorneys understand the importance of taking an individualized approach to each case. While we do use our years of experience to help guide us in finding you the best solution, each case is unique and we treat it as such.