Juveniles in Possession of Alcohol and Drugs
When you get caught using or carrying an illegal substance while underage, it may seem as if there is no way to argue against a charge.
However, learning more about what minor in possession laws are can be helpful for future legal matters.
Minor in possession laws deal with those under the age of 18 and their usage or possession of alcohol or illicit drugs. If you get caught holding or consuming a beverage or drug while underage, you could pay various fines and even lose your driver’s license temporarily. You still may face consequences even if your blood alcohol level does not indicate you are drunk.
Strictness of the law
Many guidelines regarding the sale or use of illicit substances for minors are notoriously strict, in order to deter future infractions. These laws seek to teach young adults why they should not drive drunk, use illegal drugs, or drink underage. In addition, showcasing community service is an important part of minor in possession laws.
Your first run-in with the law as a minor may lead to lighter punishments than any subsequent legal problems afterwards. However, it is important to note that DUI offenses are punishable in every state, no matter how old you are.
Often, a young adult may be in possession of a drink but still have a way to defend his or her self from the accusation of drinking. One such argument is the can did not contain any alcohol, which would help prove no underage drinking occurred. Additionally, some religions have consumption of a beverage with alcohol in it as part of a service, which may also be a defense.