Most adults, and certainly defense attorneys who routinely protect the legal rights of juveniles in criminal law matters, remember what it was like to be young.
It was, in a word, challenging. It was also a time of optimism, exuberance, friendship forging and creating memories to last a lifetime.
Like prom. For many high-school students, that special night is akin to enduring magic and even a rite of sorts in the progression toward adulthood.
Notably, too, prom — and the days surrounding it in the so-called “prom season” – is marked by myriad distractions for juveniles caught up in its excitement.
One of those is underage drinking, a topic that is stressed annually by Colorado police agencies as a top-tier concern. A recent article on DUI driving simulations being conducted presently at high schools across the state underscores that.
We share that concern at the Denver defense law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates, and for multiple reasons.
Foremost, of course, we care deeply about the safety of a comparatively vulnerable Colorado demographic. Drinking and driving (as well as driving under the influence of drugs) can make for a toxic roadway recipe. Every Coloradan sincerely wishes for an accident-free prom season in every corner of our state.
Because we are legal advocates, we also care about the rights and interests of juveniles, especially given that their occasionally misinformed judgment owing to youth can put them at odds with the criminal justice system.
Kids make mistakes. We all know that. Our deep legal team believes that they are most often benefited in the wake of their errors by a strategy focused on a second chance.
That is essentially the mission statement at our law firm, namely, providing strong advocacy aimed at the fullest mitigation of criminal charges in every case we handle.
Colorado’s young people are unquestionably a treasured asset. We wish every teenager in the state who is participating in prom festivities a safe, happy and memorable experience.