Colorado, like every other state in America, has a legal drinking age of 21. Despite the various laws that apply to underage drinking, many young people will have their first alcoholic beverage before reaching legal age. When someone under the age of 21 drinks and drives, he or she faces potentially major consequences.
If you or your child has been charged with underage DUI, a skilled lawyer can be vital in protecting you or your child's rights. At the Law Offices of Robert E. Ray, we defend young people accused of DUI charges. Our lawyers understand that you have your whole life ahead of you, and will work diligently to minimize the potential consequences associated with this charge.
Making A Strong Case Against Underage DUI Charges
In Colorado, the consequences of an underage DUI depend on your blood alcohol content (BAC) level.
- If your BAC is from .02 to .05, you will probably be charged with underage drinking and driving (UDD)
- If your BAC is between .05 and .08, you will probably be charged with driving while ability impaired (DWAI)
- If your BAC is .08 or higher, you will probably be charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
Although a UDD charge is the least serious of these charges, it can still have significant consequences. For example, you will face a three-month license suspension upon a UDD conviction. For DWAI and DUI charges, the regular penalties apply. Further, if you are under the age of 18 and your case includes charges in addition to UDD, DWAI or DUI, your case will be heard in juvenile court. This can lead to stricter penalties, including increased supervision.
Our Greeley underage DUI attorneys have defended young people against all types of drinking and driving cases. We will look at whether the police followed proper procedures in your breath or blood test and explore every possible defense to these accusations. Our aggressive approach has led to successful outcomes for people across the area.
Contact The Law Offices Of Robert E. Ray
Please complete our online contact form or call 970-351-6083 to discuss your situation. For our clients' convenience, we are available on evenings and weekends by appointment. We also have a Spanish interpreter on staff.