In Colorado, it is illegal for anyone under age 21 to consume or possess alcohol. These minor in possession (MIP) laws aim to prevent underage drinking. If you have any amount of alcohol in your body, upon your person, or within your immediate control, officers can request that you take a breath test to determine whether you have consumed alcohol.
It is illegal to consume or possess alcohol in Colorado if you are under the age of 21. If you are convicted of violating this law, the judge can impose the following penalties:
(Colorado Revised Statutes Section 18-13-12)
It is a crime for anyone to sell, serve, give away, or permit the sale of an alcoholic beverage to anyone under the age of 21. Violation of this law is a Class 2 misdemeanor offense.
The penalties include the following:
(Colorado Revised Statutes Section 12-47-901 and Colorado Revised Statutes Section 12-47-903)
Any social host who knowingly serves alcohol to a person under the age of 21 can be held civilly liable if the minor causes property damage, or injures or kills another person due to intoxication.
(Colorado Revised Statutes Section 12-47-801)
To learn more about the MIP laws, read Title 12 Article 47 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. If you are facing MIP charges in Colorado, contact a criminal defense lawyer for advice.