If you are a minor, you may not drive with a BAC or greater than or equal to 0.02 – that means that you can be arrested for drinking just one beer before you drive. What’s worse is that if you have a BAC above 0.05, you will face the same penalties as an adult receiving a DUI, even though an adult’s limit is 0.08. Additionally, you may lose your license for up to one year.
The BAC range between 0.02 and 0.05 is often called a “baby DUI,” both due to the ages of those accused and the comparatively lighter punishments given to those convicted. Despite the cute name, this is still a serious crime and you should only hire a quality Denver DUI lawyer to aid in your child’s underage DUI defense. The sentencing for these “baby DUIs” includes fines, points on your record, a 3 month license suspension and community service time. The points on your driving record can also dramatically change the rate you pay for car insurance. For second and subsequent UDD offenses, you may receive up to 90 days in jail and will be charged with a class 2 misdemeanor, which will remain on your criminal record permanently. On top of all that, all of these charges may be accompanied by a minor in possession charge and other potential traffic charges.
Don’t let an adolescent mistake affect the rest of your life. Hire a Denver underage drinking and driving lawyer from The Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. and ensure that your son, daughter, or loved one has the best representation possible so that this mistake does not impact their future.