Kane County Underage Drinking Defense Lawyers
St. Charles Attorneys for Help With Underage Drinking Charges
While underage drinking has always been a bad idea, the laws surrounding underage drinking in Illinois have become increasingly stringent over recent years. Today, the penalties for underage drinking can even extend beyond the person who is intoxicated: there can be legal repercussions for any minor who possesses or transports alcohol as well as anyone who knowingly hosts minors who are consuming alcohol or who serves or sells alcohol to someone who is less than 21 years of age. If you or someone you know has been accused or charged with crimes related to underage drinking in Illinois, it is important to contact an attorney from Donahue & Sowa who has experience in underage drinking cases.
Minor in Possession of Alcohol
If you are under 21 years of age, you don’t have to be behind the wheel or even drinking to find yourself in trouble with alcohol. In Illinois, if you are too young to legally drink, you are also too young to purchase, accept, transport, or possess alcoholic beverages. Anyone who is found to violate these laws can have their driving privileges revoked or suspended in addition to other penalties.
Underage Drinking: Under 21 and Intoxicated
Illinois has a Zero Tolerance Law, which means that any individual under the age of 21 who is found to have any trace of alcohol in their system while driving will lose their driving privileges. Driving privileges may be suspended for a period of time or revoked permanently, depending on the specific details of the offense. Factors that can influence the severity of the penalty include:
- Whether it is a first offense or a subsequent one
- Whether the driver takes a sobriety test or refuses to do so
- The BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) level
Individuals Who Provide Alcohol for Underage Drinkers
Even if you are old enough to legally consume alcoholic beverages, you still need to be aware of the laws and penalties for underage drinking. If you are found to provide alcohol to an underage drinker, you may be penalized with fines and/or criminal repercussions. Additionally, Illinois has a Social Host Law, under which there are both financial and criminal penalties to knowingly allow underage drinking to occur at a private residence.”
If you have been charged with a crime related to underage drinking, it is time to contact our underage drinking lawyers. At Donahue & Sowa, we are dedicated to defending the rights of our clients throughout the Chicago area, including St. Charles, DeKalb, Naperville, Wheaton, Elgin, and Joliet. There is no time to waste – contact us today.