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What happens if someone gets caught drinking while underage?

On Behalf of | Jan 15, 2021 | Criminal Defense

There is no question that many teens and young adults like to try new things, and that can include drinking before they turn 21. While there are a few times when drinking while underage is acceptable, such as during a religious ceremony, for the most part, drinking under the age of 21 is illegal.

The courts know that young adults sometimes make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t face penalties. It’s a good idea to consider speaking with an attorney if you or your child have been accused of drinking while underage. The penalties could be significant, so defending against the charge is essential.

Underage drinking may lead to penalties

Pennsylvania’s laws are strict when it comes to underage drinking. Underage possession or consumption is prohibited. Underage individuals may not purchase alcohol (unless it’s for law enforcement purposes) and may not furnish alcohol to other minors.

For those under 21, any blood alcohol concentration (BAC) percentage is per se evidence that the law has been violated. The BAC limit of the state for those under 21 is .0%.

If you are caught with alcohol in your system, you will risk losing your license. A driver’s license could be revoked for underage possession, purchase and consumption of alcohol. A suspension or revocation lasts for 90 days upon a first offense.

As you can see, the penalties for a conviction for underage drinking may add up, and it doesn’t take much to be accused. Any amount of alcohol in the body is too much when you’re under 21. If you’re accused of consuming alcohol or driving while intoxicated, it’s worth defending yourself to protect your license and freedoms.