Alcohol Related Violations and Penalties Involving Persons Under Age 21
If you are under age 21, you cannot purchase, possess or consume alcohol. If you are convicted of driving after illegally consuming alcohol, and your BAC was at least .02 percent and less than .08, the court penalty will include:
- a suspension of your driving privilege for one year from the date of conviction,
- a minimum mandatory fine of $500, or
- the requirement that you complete at least 50 hours of community service.
- If you are convicted of driving after illegally consuming alcohol and your BAC was .08 or higher, you may face the same penalties as an adult.
Transporting Children While Under the
Influence of Alcohol/Drugs
Conviction of any DUI offense involving a juvenile passenger (age 17 or younger) in the vehicle at the time of the offense carries an additional mandatory five-day jail term plus all other fines and jail sentences. You may also be charged an additional fine of at least $500 and up to $1,000. A second DUI offense with a juvenile in the vehicle carries an additional 80-hour community service requirement plus all other fines and jail sentences.
Providing Alcoholic Beverages
If you provide or sell alcoholic beverages to a person under age 21 or someone who is intoxicated or ordered by a court to refrain from drinking alcohol, you are subject to a fine up to $2,500, mandatory suspension of your driver’s license for up to one year, and 12 months in jail.
Misrepresentation of Age
If you are under age 21 and you use or attempt to use a fake ID to establish a false age in an attempt to drink or purchase alcohol, you will:
- be fined at least $500
- be required to perform at least 50 hours of community service
- face up to 12 months in jail, an
- face mandatory suspension of your driver’s license for at least six months but not more than one year