Colorado Springs Underage DUI Lawyers
Being charged with a DUI at any age can have serious repercussions on your life. You may have your license revoked, be charged hefty fines, and have your reputation dragged through the mud. For those under the legal drinking age of 21, otherwise known as juveniles, it can mean an end to a bright future with no chance to make up for your mistakes.
That’s why it’s so important to get in contact with an experienced legal team the moment a juvenile DUI charge is thrown your way. The attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. have the knowledge and expertise to fight for you and try to get your charges lessened or dropped. Contact us at (719) 475-2555 to see if we’re the right law firm for you.
Every state in America has laws that make it unlawful for adults to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) equal to or more than the mandated level of 0.08 percent, the point at which a person is considered legally impaired. At this point of BAC, studies suggest that reaction skills, vision, concentration, equilibrium, control, and other senses may be compromised. However, for minors with typically smaller statures and still developing bodies and minds, the effects of impairment can be greater.
Under Colorado DUI laws, underage drivers are subject to more stringent standards. Minors operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol can be penalized for DUI with levels below the adult standard of 0.08 percent. Specifically, if an underage driver is found with a BAC of as much as 0.02 percent, they can be convicted of what is sometimes referred to as a "baby DUI" (the BAC range for underage DUI is from 0.02 - 0.05 percent), which carries significant legal repercussions. The consequences for juvenile driving under the influence include fines, negative points against a driving record (which are visible to law enforcement and greatly affect insurance premiums), a license suspension of three months or more, and mandatory community service.
When a minor is found to possess a BAC above 0.05 percent, he or she is charged with the same severity an adult would face with a 0.08 percent reading. Repeat underage DUI lawbreakers may lose their licenses or eventually be subject to a jail sentence depending on the severity of the circumstances. Often, second-time and repeat underage intoxicated driving violations for an individual may be charged with a class 2 misdemeanor (that will remain on a criminal record).
The consequences of driving a vehicle while impaired are steep. Adults are expected to know better than to drink and drive, but there is a greater degree of leniency afforded to juveniles. That being said, while this leniency is available, the court system does not always take a juvenile's future into account. While punishments imposed by the court may help reform a juvenile, court records of juvenile transgressions such as DUI can have lasting and detrimental effects on a juvenile's life for years to come.
Juveniles who are arrested for DUI face license suspension, mandatory alcohol awareness classes, incarceration time, and may never gain back the right to operate a motor vehicle. However, with the assistance of an experienced criminal attorney, accused juveniles may experience lighter sentencing, and regain their license and driving privileges quicker than expected.
The state does not turn a blind eye to past improprieties. Being able to operate a motor vehicle and transport oneself from one place to another is considered a privilege, but is becoming more and more of a necessity. Without readily available transportation, an individual may find it difficult to find suitable work, could resort to settling for pay that is less than what their talents are worth, and could ultimately suffer financially in the long run. All of that is the result of a juvenile DUI conviction that prevented the juvenile in question from being given a chance to prove that the incident was nothing more than a fleeting mistake that will never happen again.
A DUI offense for a juvenile in Colorado can include:
- Repeal of the driver's license from 90 days to 3 years;
- Car impoundment;
- Monetary fines of $100 to $2,500;
- Mandatory attendance of alcohol and drug education classes;
- Mandatory completion of 30 to 60 days of community service;
- Potential jail time, spanning from 2 days to one year; and
- A probation period of three to five years.
The circumstances involving underage drunk driving charges are incredibly complex and delicate given the effects they can have on a young, developing person's life path. Minors charged with underage DUI should contact the experienced attorneys with The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., located in Colorado Springs, for vigilant and aggressive counsel.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., Colorado Springs juvenile defense attorney Timothy Bussey will not only argue for leniency in a juvenile DUI case, but will fight to ensure that your child's life is not forever impacted because of one irrational mistake made. If your child has been charged with drinking and driving, contact defense attorney Timothy Bussey for more information on how he can help. Call (719) 475-2555 today for a free consultation.
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