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Underage Drinking and Driving Archives

Underage drunk driving can ruin your promising future

Underage drinking and driving is a very serious crime that can have significant impacts on your entire future. Think about how difficult it might be to have to tell a possible employer that you have a criminal record because of an underage drinking and driving conviction. You could face the possibility of having a degree without being able to put it to use.

Why routinely harsh exactions against young offenders lack sense

Unless you happen to be an adult who favors a stern and uncompromising criminal law outcome for an offender in every instance, you likely view that some lenience should logically attach to sentences meted out to youthful offenders in Colorado and elsewhere.

What are teen driving bans in Colorado?

Teens have many driving restrictions imposed on them, and many of those restrictions are for good reason. For instance, did you know that teens in Colorado have a passenger limit? For the first six months of a teen's license, there can be no passengers under the age of 21 in the vehicle unless an adult driver who is also licensed is in the car. The following six months allow for just one passenger under the age of 21. There are exceptions to know, though. For instance, if you are 17, just obtained your license and have a friend who is hurt, you can take your friend to the hospital even though you're still within the six-month exclusion period. If you need to pick up siblings, they are also exceptions to the rule.

Am I liable for my teenager's drinking behavior?

Underage drinking may seem like something that everybody does and no one cares as long as it's in a relatively safe environment, but the law does not always see it that way. It is true that very few individuals actually wait until they are 21 years of age to taste alcohol for the first time, and for most people, the first experiments with drinking occur while hanging out with teenage peers, often at one friend's house. On one hand, it is objectively better for these experiments to happen in a home, but that does not remove a liable parent's responsibility in the eyes of the law -- especially if harm comes to someone because of drinking that happened in his or her house.

Underage drinking and driving: The ways to talk to teens

Underage drinking can get a minor into a lot of trouble with the law. As a parent, you may be looking into ways to talk to your child about underage drinking, so you can try to prevent any underage arrests or drinking-related issues.

What should you know about drinking and driving when underage?

A minimum age of 21 helps save lives by preventing teens and young adults from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. The laws limit who can purchase and drink alcohol as well as limiting the amount of alcohol a minor can have in his or her bloodstream at any particular time.

Underage drinking: The facts and why defense is important

Teens who get behind the wheel and drive drunk are taking a very dangerous risk. They risk getting into an accident that could harm them, their passengers or other drivers on the road. Even if nothing happens, a traffic stop could lead to penalties from the police; these punishments can be anything from a minor license revocation on a first offense up to thousands of dollars in fines or misdemeanor charges. Felony charges might even be considered in serious cases where someone was particularly reckless.