The penalties that attach to a conviction for underage drinking in Pennsylvania include driver’s license suspension, monetary fines, and community service. If arrested for underage drunk driving, the penalties can be particularly severe, including a lengthy suspension of your driver’s license. Additionally, an underage drinker can face multiple charges, depending on the circumstances of their arrest. Under the Pennsylvania criminal code, sections 18 Pa. C.S. § 6308, 18 Pa. C.S. § 6307, and 18 Pa. C.S. § 6310.4, there are penalties that attach to possessing alcohol as a minor, obtaining alcohol with a fake ID, and underage DUI. As a result, an underage person could find themselves facing multiple charges and fines for a single underage drinking offense. At the Law Offices of James Crosby, we help parents and their children in underage drinking cases. Depending on the circumstances of your case and your driving record or criminal record, it may be possible to reduce the charges or sentence imposed against you. Don’t lose your driver’s license for longer than you have to. And don’t pay an expensive fine – contact an underage drinking attorney at the Law Offices of James Crosby today.
Penalties for Underage Drinking
The penalties for underage drinking vary, depending on the circumstances of your arrest. In general, however, the following penalties apply to underage drinking in Pennsylvania:
- Possessing or transporting alcohol: A fine of not more than $500; 90-day suspension of your driver’s license for your first offense; a one-year suspension for your second offense; and a two-year suspension for any offenses thereafter. The parents of the underage person will be notified by the police.
- Using a Fake ID to Obtain Alcohol: A fine of not more than $500; 90-day suspension of your driver’s license for your first offense; a one-year suspension for your second offense; and a two-year suspension for any offenses thereafter.
- Underage DUI: If you are under the age of 18, a juvenile complaint will be filed against you and your parents will be notified of your arrest. You could be required to pay a fine, be sent to juvenile lock up, and/or be placed on probation.
If you are over the age of 18, you may be ordered to attend an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program. If you don’t qualify for the program, you could be sentenced to a minimum of 48 hours and up to six months in jail. Additionally, you face a mandatory six-month suspension of your driver’s license, you will be fined between $500 and $5,000, and you will be required to perform up to 150 hours of community service.
For those arrested a second, third, or fourth time for underage DUI, all of the penalties are potentially enhanced.