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St. Charles underage drinking defense lawyer

Many people drink alcohol before reaching the legal age of 21. Some parents may let their teenagers try a sip of beer, or a person may have a drink at a party. While this can seem innocent in a safe environment, underage drinking can escalate and quickly become dangerous. Long-term effects of underage drinking include impaired cognitive and physical development, memory and learning problems, increased risk of abusing other substances, and alcohol dependence. Drinking under the age of 21 is a crime in and of itself, but it can also lead to various other crimes with serious consequences.

Juvenile Drinking Crimes

  1. Drinking underage: The first crime is the consumption of alcohol by those under the age of 21. If a law enforcement officer sees the possession, consumption, purchase, or receipt of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21, the legal consequence will be a three-month suspension of driving privileges for court supervision, six months for a first conviction, one year for a second conviction, and license revocation for subsequent convictions.

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Naperville Juvenile DUI Lawyer

While everyone knows drinking under the age of 21 is illegal, that does not stop everyone. There are numerous charges minors can face if caught with alcohol and their troubles are quickly compounded if they operate a vehicle while under the influence. Also, anyone 21 or older who provides a minor with alcohol risks fines and/or jail time. If your child has been charged with an underage drinking offense, contact a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately.

Possession or Purchase of Alcohol

If a minor age 16 or older is caught in possession of alcohol or buying or receiving it, their license can be suspended for three months for ordered court supervision, six months for a first conviction, or a year for a second conviction. For a third or subsequent offense, a minor may have their license revoked. The punishment is worse if a minor has alcohol in their car. In fact, everyone in the vehicle may be fined up to $1,000, and the driver’s license may be suspended for one year.

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underage drinking conviction, underage drinking, underage drinking charge, Naperville juvenile defense attorney, possession of alcohol chargeThroughout the United States, it is illegal for individuals under age 21 to consume alcohol under most circumstances. When an individual under 21 is found to be in possession of alcohol, he or she can face an underage drinking charge. In Illinois, this charge is known as a minor in possession of alcohol charge. Minor in possession of alcohol charges are one of the types of cases our team of juvenile defense lawyers handles. The juvenile justice system is not the same as the adult criminal justice system, so it is important that you work with a lawyer who has experience in this specific legal area. 

Penalties for Underage Drinking 

In Illinois, underage drinking is a Class A misdemeanor. The penalties for an underage drinking conviction are:

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possession of alcohol, underage drinking, Naperville juvenile defense lawyers, juvenile court, teen drinkingTeenagers experiment with alcohol. Underage drinking is such a common occurrence in our society that it is often considered to be a right of passage. Although it happens often, it is dangerous and should not be encouraged.

Teenagers who consume alcohol face a higher risk of engaging in risky behaviors like promiscuous sex and driving under the influence than their sober peers. In Illinois and every other state in the country, it is illegal for individuals under the age of 21 to purchase, possess, and consume alcohol.

Possession of Alcohol and Related Charges

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Naperville DUI lawyer, underage DUI, underage drinking, underage drinker, DUI chargeAlcohol impairs an individual’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Because drunk drivers are a hazard to themselves and all others on the road, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Doing so can result in a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.

The Driver’s BAC at the Time of His or Her Arrest Matters

For an individual age 21 or older, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for operating a motor vehicle is 0.08 percent. For individuals under 21, the legal limit is 0.00 percent. In other words, having any alcohol in his or her system during a traffic stop can lead to a DUI charge for an underage individual.

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