Common Offenses Involving Minors And Alcohol
Within this county, hundreds of minors are charged with alcohol-related
offenses each year. The attorneys at Arnold Terrill, P.C., in Fort
Wayne, have been representing young adults in criminal courts for many
years. We take pride in protecting and explaining the rights of our clients.
Good kids make mistakes, and we are here to help.
Was your child charged with minor consumption of alcohol? The lawyer you
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What Are The Penalties For Underage Drinking?
The punishments for misdemeanor alcohol-related offenses include but are
not limited to jail time, alcohol counseling, license suspensions and
community service. For purposes of this discussion, a minor is a person
at least eighteen years (18) of age, but less than twenty-one (21) years
of age. Minors under the age of eighteen (18) who are charged with an
alcohol-related offense may appear in the appropriate juvenile court.
For more information about juvenile-related offenses and the juvenile
justice system, please
contact our office.
Indiana Code 7.1-5-7-7 [Possession of Alcohol by Minor, also known as "Minor
Consuming"] provides that it is a Class C misdemeanor to possess
or consume an alcoholic beverage or transport upon a highway any alcoholic
beverage. If the offense is committed while operating a motor vehicle,
a court may order the minor's driver's license suspended for up
to one (1) year.
Simple Possession Is Enough
The state bears the burden to prove that you are a minor and that you possessed,
consumed or transported alcohol in Allen County. The state is not required
to prove intoxication with this charge. "Alcohol" is defined
under Indiana law as: any liquid or solid that (1) contains one-half percent
(0.5 percent) or more alcohol by volume; (2) is fit for human consumption;
and (3) is reasonably likely, or intended, to be used as a beverage (I.C.
No Minors Allowed
I.C. 7.1-5-7-10 prohibits a minor from entering any bar, tavern or public
place where alcoholic beverages are sold or furnished. This offense is
a Class C misdemeanor punishable up to sixty (60) days in jail upon conviction.
Additionally, a conviction for this offense might result in a driver's
license suspension for a minimum of ninety (90) days and up to one (1)
year (see I.C. 9-24-18-8 and/or 9-30-4-9). I.C. 7.1-5-7-11, however, sets
forth many exempt locations where alcohol is served, such as a civic center,
sports arena, recreational facility, restaurant or passenger airplane.
Fake ID Laws
I.C. 7.1-5-7-1 and 7.1-5-7-2 address offenses relating to the use and furnishing
of false or altered driver's licenses (commonly referred to as "fake
i.d."). A person commits a Class C infraction when he or she presents
or sells or gives to another a false identification or driver's license
for the purpose of purchasing or attempting to obtain an alcoholic beverage.
A person found in violation of these provisions will also lose his or
her driver's license for a minimum of ninety (90) days and up to one
(1) year (see I.C. 9-24-18-8 and/or 9-30-4-9).
Contact Defense Attorneys Who Understand The Needs Of Juvenile Defenders
Should you or someone you know have any questions about the information
stated above, please
contact Arnold Terrill, P.C., or call 888-912-7220, and an attorney will be excited to speak with you.