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Minor in Possession

Posted on:7/12/2012
There are laws in every state that prohibit minors from possessing alcohol in at least some circumstances.


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.

 

In legal language, the term minor is used to describe to a person who is yet to attain the age of majority. The age of majority is defined by state law and can range between 18 and 21. Once a person attains the age of majority prescribed by state law, he or she is no minor and will be considered an adult. 

 

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act was passed by the Congress in 1984. Under this Act, every state was required to prohibit persons less than 21 years old from publicly possessing or purchasing alcoholic beverages. Unless the states enacted a law prohibiting persons less than 21 years old from publicly possessing or purchasing alcohol, the access to Federal highway finds would be restricted.

 

Before this Act came into force, the minimum drinking age in the United States ranged between 18 and 21 depending on the state law. But after this Act was passed, all states where the minimum drinking age was less than 21 years raised it to 21 years. By the end of 1987, the legal drinking age across the United States was 21 years.


  
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