Walk on almost any college campus in nearly any college town and it will be very obvious that there will be several places for students to go when they want to have a drink. Many of these establishments spend extra time getting ready for each school year, because if the serve a minor they can find themselves with severe problems.
Despite these efforts, underage students in Colorado are still finding places that will provide them with alcohol. This could potentially increase the number of underage driving under the influence arrests made throughout the state.
While much attention is focused on bars and restaurants, finding the source of the alcohol is often a concern for law enforcement. In Colorado, minors are allowed to possess and consume alcohol in a private place in the presence of their parent or guardian. The state is one of many that permit this practice.
College-aged students also may have friends that are 21 or over, and may ask them to purchase the alcohol. This is not permitted within the state, and if any accident happens, the purchaser of the alcohol could also find themselves with serious legal concerns.
Colorado takes underage drinking and driving very seriously. Minor drivers with a blood-alcohol content of 0.02 could be facing underage DUI charges. Drivers may lose their license, and may have additional penalties imposed by the court.
A conviction of underage drinking and driving could have negative consequences for the future as well. Future convictions carry much more severe punishments, including significant jail time.
If facing these charges, it is important to understand the potential options that might be available. While it may seem like the prosecution has an open-and-shut case, it is crucial to examine the situation to determine if all procedures were followed properly.
Source: Alcohol Policy and Information System “Colorado”