Law enforcement agencies in Colorado are taking extra efforts to catch inebriated drivers, especially those who are underage. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, drivers under 21 constitute 7 percent of overall licensed drivers, but were involved in 15 percent of all the fatal accidents that happened in the year. In Colorado, more than 26,000 people are arrested in DUI cases and more than 150 people become victims of alcohol-related accidents every year.
Zero Tolerance laws
The US follows strict Zero Tolerance Law in all states. In Denver, Colorado, the blood alcohol content (bac) limit for an underage driver is lower than an adult. If you are underage and are caught driving with more than .02 percent blood or breath alcohol, you could face any of the following:
- Revocation of driving license for a year
- DUI probation for at least 2 years
- Treatment for substance and alcohol abuse for at least 6 months
- Fines and costs up to $3500.00
- Jail up to one year
On being caught for DUI
On being caught under DUI in Denver, Co, you will be asked to take either a breath or blood test. If you refuse to oblige, the officer may confiscate your license and serve you with revocation paper work. If you opt for breath test and the result shows at least 0.02 percent, the officer will take your license and issue a revocation notice. You will be given an opportunity to object the revocation at a hearing. Blood test results usually come after 3 weeks, after which you will be allowed to keep your license. However, if the result is positive, the Colorado Department of revenue will mail you the result and the revocation notice.
A conviction for driving while ability impaired or driving under the influence means an automatic one year revocation of the drivers license for drivers under 21 years old. You have nothing to lose in fighting these cases.
Colorado is extremely serious when it comes to DUI cases. An experienced attorney like Richard Huttner can protect you and fight for your license and your freedom.