Like other U.S. states, the minimum legal drinking age in Colorado is 21 years. People who are younger than 21 years of age are not legally permitted to drink alcohol in Colorado, whether or not they are driving a motor vehicle. As a result, the penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) when a driver is under age 21 are triggered at a lower blood alcohol level than for drivers who are 21 or older. Drivers under 21, however, have the same legal rights as older drivers, including the right to seek the help of an aggressive Colorado Springs DUI defense attorney.
A DUI for a person under age 21 in Colorado is known as an Underage Drinking and Driving (UDD) charge. A UDD charge may be brought if the driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.02 percent and 0.05 percent. If a BAC test reveals a BAC of 0.05 percent or higher, the driver will face the same penalties as an adult driver with a similar BAC.