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Alcohol and Adults Under 21 Years - C.R.S. 12-47-901

In the past, we've seen men and women charged with a felony in Denver, Jefferson and Arapahoe County after providing minors with alcohol. This felony is called Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, C.R.S. 18-6-701, and is related to aiding any child under 18 to break a law. It is also called "Illegal Possession or Consumption of Ethyl Alcohol by an Underage Person", or Minor in Possession (MIP), C.R.S. 18-13-122. Another crime is on the rise: Unlawful Acts related to alcohol.

Are You Broken? Alcohol Abuse and Other Brokenness

Criminal charges and court cases occur every day in Colorado and involve good people.  If you are charged with a crime like Disorderly Conduct, C.R.S. 18-9-106 or Assault and looking at a plea agreement, a good criminal defense lawyer will try and indentify something about you that is broken.  Why? Because judges and deputy district attorneys from Larimer County to Pueblo County want to find something about you (like alcohol abuse) which is broken so they can say they fixed you to prevent a crime from occurring again.

MIP: Possession / Consumption of Ethyl Alcohol - Underage Person, C.R.S. 18-13-122

Illegal Possession or Consumption of Ethyl Alcohol by an Underage Person - (C.R.S. 18-13-122) is better known in Colorado as "Minor in Possession" of alcohol, or simply MIP. This statue makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume or even possess alcohol in Denver, Adams County, Littleton, Aurora, or anywhere in Colorado.

Alcohol Dependent Criminal Defense Lawyers

Denver Criminal Defense Attorney and Alcohol

We are hooked, there is no denying it. At some point my personal dependence was 75% of the time. Other lawyers I've talked to agree that attorneys could not make it without alcohol. You see, our income is based on people in trouble and people who drink get in trouble a lot.

Teen Charged in Alcohol Child Abuse Case

Two teens face alcohol based Child Abuse charges for showing poor judgment in how they rang in the New Year.  Tyrale Haselrig-Graham, and Skyler Dematteo, both 18 year-old high school students, were drinking and allegedly giving a 9 year-old boy enough alcohol (vodka) that the boy had to be taken to the hospital.

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Case Results:

  • Sexual Assault and Rape charges related to divorce. Acquittal from jury trial. Weld County, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Possession of Child Pornography. Acquittal from jury trial. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Arson of Nursing Home. Dismissed by Court on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Felony Drug Distribution. Acquittal from jury trial. Boulder County, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Rape and Sexual Assault charges involving divorce and child custody. Acquittal from jury trial. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Burglary and Felony Theft. Dismissed by District Attorney. Arapahoe County, Englewood, Colorado.
  • Theft of Drugs by Nurse. Dismissed by District Attorney. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado.
  • Sexual Assault on a Child, Position of Trust. Acquittal from Jury Trial. Adams County, Brighton, Colorado.
  • Domestic Violence. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock, Colorado.
  • Violation of Restraining Order. Dismissed by District Attorney. Douglas County, Castle Rock.

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