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Possession of Alcohol by a Minor

Possession of Alcohol by a Minor

The criminal defense attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. regularly represent clients charged with offenses associated with Illinois’ zero tolerance law and underage drinking which legally is called Possession of Alcohol by a Minor. Our attorneys understand the importance of protecting your best interests.

In Illinois, Possession of Alcohol by a Minor is a serious offense with significant driver’s license consequences. Drinking, possessing or purchasing alcohol in a public place or in a place open to the public while under the age of 21 in Illinois may be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum sentence of up to one-year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500 plus court costs. These offenses may also be charged as local ordinance violations. While the maximum sentence for Possession of Alcohol by a Minor is extremely rare, a driver’s license suspension imposed by the Illinois Secretary of State is very much a reality even if the minor was not driving.

Possession can be charged in one of two ways. A person can be charged with actual possession or constructive possession. Constructive possession can occur even if you are not physically holding the alcohol, but instead, have the ability and intent to possess alcohol. Typically, this will occur where the alcohol is in the immediate vicinity of the minor (i.e. in the passenger compartment of a vehicle where the minor is present or in the same room as the minor).

It is important to note that a sentence of Court Supervision (a non-conviction disposition) for Possession of Alcohol by a Minor will still result in a minimum three-month driver’s license suspension. A conviction for this offense will result in a minimum six-month license suspension and can ultimately result in a license revocation. Along with these penalties, a charge of Possession of Alcohol by a Minor can result a criminal record, high fines, court costs, and increased insurance rates.

For these reasons, it is important to retain experienced attorneys, such as those at The Davis Law Group, P.C., to minimize or entirely avoid the stigma and consequences of a criminal conviction for Possession of Alcohol by a Minor, the high court fines, and the driver's license consequences.

If you or a loved one is charged with Possession of Alcohol by a Minor, it is highly advisable to consult with an experienced defense attorney with significant knowledge in protecting and/or recovering driving privileges. The attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. provide high quality legal representation to clients facing underage drinking charges throughout northern Illinois including Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties. Feel free to contact us to discuss your case.

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