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Underage Drinking and Driving Archives

Why should justice system handle a juvenile offender differently?

The attorneys comprising the deep legal team at the long-established Denver criminal defense law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates think that the answer to the above-posed blog headline query is simple.

Should criminal history be queried on college applications?

We noted in a recent blog post a particularly disturbing reality for some young people in Colorado and elsewhere connected with the rite of college admission. Our September 24 entry zeroed in on the moment when a hopeful applicant confronts “an application question soliciting details regarding a past arrest or conviction.”

Juvenile criminal history and the college application process

Not every would-be Colorado college student looks forward to the application process. Sometimes that botched ACT or SAT score can look a bit troublesome. Maybe some of those opted-for high school classes weren’t particularly challenging. Some students filling out university forms feel that they should have hit on those extracurriculars a bit more when they had the chance to do so.

Underage drinking spotlighted in Pueblo weekend incident

The following tale is a story that is retold with similar details time and again across the United States. It involves a mass congregation of teenagers, a weekend evening and the apparent widespread availability of alcohol.

Prom season: youthful joy, enhanced law enforcement presence

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.

If adults have problems with Miranda rights, what about kids?

The so-called “Miranda Rights” that law enforcers are legally obliged to timely explain to criminal suspects in custody certainly have a critically important purpose. Most essentially, of course, they inform affected individuals of their right to not speak with authorities and to promptly consult with an attorney.

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.