A Colorado teenager was recently arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after smashing her car into an SUV. The Denver Post reported that a news release from the Colorado State Patrol stated that authorities responded to call about an accident at the intersection of K Road and 19 Road. A young woman was driving her SUV westbound on K Road when the teen’s car crashed into her vehicle.

The teen’s car back-ended the SUV, making it roll onto its side. The teen’s car veered off the road and smashed into a fence. Both drivers appeared to have been wearing their seat belts and only suffered minor injuries. Their names were not  released. The teen was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor, possessing an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, DUI and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. The teen was released into her parents’ custody.

Depending on the age of the suspect, her previous record, her demeanor and her parent’s ability to discipline her, she may be charged as an adult. A judge will make the final determination as to whether her case should be tried in juvenile court or transferred to adult court. Adult court provides some protections that juvenile court does not, however, sentences are much harsher. She will lose her driving privileges simply on the DUI charge alone. In Colorado, is it is illegal for anyone under 21 to consume alcohol unless under certain conditions. It is illegal for anyone over 21 to consume or possess an open container of alcohol in their vehicle or in public. It is illegal for anyone to leave the scene of an accident. A Colorado DUI defense attorney can explain all of these laws in greater details and what those laws mean for you if you are charged.