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Minors & DUI

Posted on:3/4/2012
Every state has laws that restrict a minor’s access to alcohol. Besides state laws that restrict a minor’s access to alcohol, there are local ordinances that further restrict a minor’s access to alcohol. Many states have devoted considerable resources to work with retailers and to increase enforcement efforts.


There are laws in every state that prohibit minors from possessing alcohol in at least some circumstances. In majority of the states, minors cannot possess alcohol in public places unless incidental to employment. In many states there are exceptions to this rule. This rule generally does not extend to private residences. In most states public possession of alcohol by a minor is permitted if a parent or adult spouse is supervising.

Under existing state laws, a minor can be arrested for an alcohol offense even if he or she is not drinking. Merely holding a container is sufficient for violations of the state laws on alcohol possession by minors. It is illegal for any person below the legal age to possess alcohol. Any under aged person found in possession will be charged with Minor in Possession of alcohol (MIP). MIP can have long-term consequences on the minor’s life. A conviction will result in a criminal record that can harm educational options and career prospects.

If you are under the age of 21 and caught operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.02 or more, you will be charged with underaged DUI. The exact terminology differs from state to state. The penalties for underaged DUI are prescribed by state law. If convicted for underaged driving, you will have to do community service and enroll in alcohol and driving classes. You will also be subject to fines and probation. Your vehicle may be impounded in some cases. You can also be sent to jail if there are aggravating factors.

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