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St. Charles juvenile crimes defense attorney

For many young people, age 21 cannot come soon enough. Underage individuals may attempt to use a number of methods to obtain alcohol before they are old enough to legally drink it. They may ask an older sibling or friend to buy the alcohol for them, use a fake ID to purchase alcohol in a store, or steal drinks from their parents’ liquor cabinet. Although many juveniles underestimate the danger of underage drinking and even see it as a normal part of growing up, acquiring and consuming alcohol before age 21 is against the law in Illinois. If your child has been charged with an alcohol-related offense, a criminal defense attorney can help you explore your legal options.

Underage Drinking Offenses in Illinois

There are several crimes associated with underage drinking in Illinois. Anyone under age 21 caught purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcohol will have his or her driving privileges suspended for six months for a first offense and 12 months for a second offense. Transporting alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle can result in a one-year suspension of the offender’s driving privileges.

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, underage drinkersHouse Bill 1336, which recently went into effect, creates an important protection for those who commit certain alcohol-related offenses in Illinois. Similar to a law enacted a few years ago for drug overdoses, House Bill 1336 grants immunity from prosecution to underage drinkers who call 911 to get medical assistance for those who have consumed too much alcohol. Individuals for whom assistance was sought are also immune from prosecution. The new provisions, which are similar to those in place in more than 30 other states, were passed in an effort to prevent fatal cases of alcohol poisoning due to fear of legal repercussions.

Requirements

According to the new amendments, law enforcement officials can no longer charge or take a person into custody for involvement in an alcohol-related offense if the officer had contact with that individual because he or she either:

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