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When your teenager gets a DUI

On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | December 2, 2022

If you are the parent of a teenager who has recently been arrested for DUI, you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do next. It's important to remember that you are not alone.

This article will provide you with some information about Colorado's DUI process and offer advice on navigating the situation.

What are Colorado's underage drinking laws?

In Colorado, anyone under 21 caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) between .02% and .05% will be charged with a UDD (underage drinking and driving). If it is the first conviction, your teen will receive up to a $150 fine, 24 hours of public service and a three-month license suspension.

Furthermore, they may also be charged with a Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP), which carries a $250 fine and 24 hours of community service.

If the juvenile is a repeat offender, has a BAC above .08%, or if they cause injuries or property damage, they may face more severe penalties, including jail time. As a result, a juvenile DUI conviction can have significant consequences.

If your teenager has recently been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), you may feel various emotions, from anger to worry. It is important to remember that your teenager is going through a tough time as well, and they will need your support. Here are a few tips for helping your teenager through their DUI:

  • Try to stay calm.
  • Make sure to listen to your teenager.
  • Avoid placing blame.
  • Focus on supporting your teenager and helping them through this tough time.

Finally, seek legal help as soon as possible. You need someone to review the facts of your child's case and advise you on the best course of action. In some cases, it may be possible to have the charges reduced or dismissed altogether.

 

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