So many people think that charges of underage drinking are not a big deal, but please understand that these are serious charges with potentially lifelong consequences. We recognize that many people make mistakes when they are young. At the Stewart, Murray and Associates Law Group, we do not want these mistakes to define you.
Our qualified and experienced team will work diligently to investigate your case and the evidence against you. We have years of experience defending these charges and will work to get yours reduced or dismissed so you can get back to living your life. When you need a Washington County underage drinking attorney, call us today.
The Possible Charges
In Pennsylvania, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase, possess, consume, or transport alcohol. Often, minors use fake IDs to purchase alcohol. This is also a crime that can involve the suspension of a person’s driver’s license.
If a person under 21 is pulled over under suspicion of drinking and driving and have a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher, the following penalties can apply:
- Up to 90 days in jail
- $300 to $500 fine
- License suspension for 12 months if BAC was above .10
For a second offense, a minor can face:
- 5 days to 6 months in jail
- $300 to $2,500 in fines
- One-year license suspension
Aside from these criminal penalties, there are other factors to consider if found guilty of DUI. Vehicle insurance costs will certainly rise and you may be required to obtain SR-22 coverage, which is costly. The rise in cost may stay in place for years after a conviction of DUI.
Additional consequences include having a permanent mark on your criminal record. This can make it difficult to gain employment, obtain scholarships, or get accepted to college.
But, what if I didn’t drink anything?
Even if a minor did not actually consume alcohol, they can still face severe penalties including a suspension of their driver’s license and a summary offense for just being in possession of the alcohol.
How We Can Help
If you or a younger member of your family have been charged with underage drinking, please take this seriously and secure a skilled defense attorney. While these charges may seem minor, they are not. The consequences can include jail, fines, a criminal record, and a ruined reputation. If you are facing any of the following, get legal help:
- Underage drinking
- Driving under the influence
- Minor in possession of alcohol
- Soliciting alcohol
- Distributing alcohol to minors
- Public drunkenness
- Disorderly conduct
- Possession of a fake ID