Underage Drunk Driving Leads to Driving Revocation

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Colorado law takes underage drinking and driving seriously with strict penalties, including driving revocation. This means if you drink and drive as a minor, the consequence is the loss of your driving privileges. In fact, when sentenced to driving revocation, early reinstatement is not available for minors in almost every case.

What Causes Minors to Lose Driving Privileges?Driving Revocation for Minors in Denver

Any amount of alcohol in your system while driving results in the loss of your driving privileges. This is driving revocation. Your Blood Alcohol Content, or BAC, and the charges against you determine the length of the revocation.

The penalties may include:

  • Driving revocation
  • Payment of a fee to reinstate your driving privileges
  • Presentation of proof of liability insurance
  • Requirement to retake your written and drive exams
  • Points against your license
  • Fines or even jail time
  • Required public service hours
  • Attendance in an alcohol training program

UDD Revocation Periods

When convicted of criminal UDD, or underage drunk driving, you face driving revocation. If your BAC is between 0.02 and 0.05, you may receive a UDD charge.

  • First Offense – 3 months
  • Second Offense – 6 months
  • Third and More Offenses – 1 year
  • Any UDD Offense with an Accident – 3 years

Underage Excess BAC of 0.05 to 0.079 Revocation Period

For minors falling into the BAC range for a DWAI adult offense, the period of driving revocation is like a UDD conviction. The primary difference is that after the first offense, you must retake the eye, written and drive exam for reinstatement.

  • First Offense – 3 months
  • Second Offense – 6 months
  • Third and More Offenses – 1 year
  • Any Offense with an Accident – 3 years

Underage DUI Revocation Periods

Any minor convicted of criminal DUI will lose their driving privileges for one year on the first offense. In addition, you must retake the eye, written and drive exam. There is no option for early reinstatement.

  • First Offense – 1 year
  • DUI Offense with an Accident – 3 years

Minor Drivers (under 21) – Alcohol-related Driving Revocations and Reinstatement Eligibility

Type Of OffenseRevocation AuthorityLength of RevocationRegular Reinstatement RequirementsEarly Reinstatement Requirements
1st Offense-Excess BAC < 0.150C.R.S. § 42-2-126(3)(a)(I)(A)9 months
  • Must serve full period of revocation
  • Application for Reinstatement – RD 2870
  • $95 Reinstatement Fee
  • Certification – DR 2598
  • SR22 for 9 months; 3 years with accident
No Eligible
1st Offense-Excess BAC ≥ 0.150 (PDD)C.R.S. § 42-2-126(3)(a)(I)(A)9 months
  • Must serve full period of revocation
  • Application for Reinstatement – RD 2870
  • $95 Reinstatement Fee
  • Affidavit of Enrollment DR 26-43
  • SR22 for 9 months; 3 years with accident
  • Ignition Interlock Affidavit – DR 2058; IID Lease Agreement and Installation Certificate- Must have IID for 2 years
No Eligible
1st Offense-Excess BAC Underage ≥ 0.02, but < 0.05C.R.S. § 42-2-126(3)(b)(I) & C.R.S. § 42-2-126(3)(b)(II)(A)3 months
  • Must serve full period of revocation
  • Application for Reinstatement – RD 2870
  • $95 Reinstatement Fee
  • Certification – DR2598
  • Evidence of Liability Insurance – SR22 is not required on a 1st offense UDD revocation unless there is an accident; 3 years with accident
Not Eligible – but may rerquest a PDL after serving 30 days of the revocation
1st Offense-Excess BAC Underage ≥ 0.05, but < 0.79C.R.S. § 42-2-126(3)(b)(I)3 months
  • Must serve full period of revocation
  • Application for Reinstatement – RD 2870
  • $95 Reinstatement Fee
  • Certification – DR2598
  • Evidence of Liability Insurance – SR22 is not required on a 1st offense UDD revocation unless there is an accident; 3 years with accident
Not Eligible
2nd Offense-Excess BAC UnderageC.R.S. § 42-2-126(3)(b)(I)6 months
  • Must serve full period of revocation
  • Application for Reinstatement – RD 2870
  • $95 Reinstatement Fee
  • Certification – DR2598
  • SR22 for 6 months; 3 years with accident
  • Must retake eye, written and drive exams
Not Eligible

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What to do if You or Your Underage Child is Charged with an Alcohol Offense

We understand that as a parent it is scary and frustrating to get the call that your child faces an alcohol related charge. If you are under 21, an alcohol charge, whether while driving or not, creates, uncertainty for your future. You risk damaging your reputation along with penalties like fines, jail time and lost driving privileges.

However, in the face of this situation do not provide any more information than required. Any information you volunteer becomes evidence for the prosecutors. For example, don’t vent about other times you’ve been in trouble or discuss what you’ve consumed.

How to Fight a Driving Revocation for Minors

The best solution is to contact DUI Law Firm Denver before you’re sentenced to a driving revocation. When you face a charge for underage drinking and driving, immediately contact us.

We go to work right away to give you the best chance possible to avoid conviction. We fight using both the law and science. Over the years, we’ve seen it all. Our experience and knowledge help you receive the defense you want and deserve.

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