Colorado laws treat DUI offenses seriously. For underage drinking and driving the laws are even stricter. If you’re under 21 years of age and have alcohol in your system for any reason while driving, you risk a UDD, Underage Drinking and Driving, charge.
Zero Tolerance for Underage Drunk Driving in Colorado
Unlike individuals over age 21, where drinking and driving laws allow a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of up to 0.05 before you face legal consequences, under age 21 you face stricter laws. If you have a BAC between 0.02 and 0.05 while driving or within two hours of driving, you risk a class A traffic infraction.
If you’re under age 21 and have a BAC at or above 0.05, you risk a DWAI or DUI charge in addition to the UDD charge. Any consumption of alcohol, may result in a charge. In fact, for most people one standard-sized drink changes their BAC to at least 0.02.
What to Do if you are Pulled Over for Underage Drunk Driving
Did you know that you do not have to consent to a roadside sobriety test when pulled over? Don’t make it easier on the other side. Instead, follow these guidelines:
- DO NOT tell the officer you drank alcohol
- DO NOT agree to a roadside sobriety test
- DO NOT share any information about what you’ve consumed, like cough medicine, food prepared with alcohol, etc.
Even if you’ve not drank any alcohol, you do not have to share any information with the officer about what you’ve consumed. Not only does staying quite make it harder to charge you, it’ll also help your defense.