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Take Underage Drinking And Consumption Charges Seriously

In Pennsylvania, “underage drinking” includes more than just consuming alcohol. According to the Pennsylvania Criminal Code (18 PA CS § 6308) the “underage drinking” statute prohibits anyone under 21 from attempting to purchase, purchasing, consuming, possessing or knowingly and intentionally transporting any liquor or malt brewed beverages.

If you are charged with underage consumption, it is critical that you consult an experienced attorney like those at Chieppor & Egner LLC. If you plead guilty to underage drinking, it will be on your record for at least five years, ruining or greatly disrupting your important plans.

Potential Penalties Associated With Underage Drinking

A first-time underage drinking conviction may result in:

  • Up to 90 days in jail (though jail time is rare)
  • A fine of up to $300, plus approximately $120 in administrative costs
  • Driver’s license suspension for 90 days, and/or qualifying for Occupational Limited License which allows driving for work
  • An alternative punishment option: community service, alcohol education classes or another punishment the judge feels fit

Second-offense penalties include:

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • A fine of up to $500, plus approximately $120 in administrative costs
  • Driver’s license suspension for 12 months

The consequences of a third offense:

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • A fine of up to $500, plus approximately $120 in administrative costs
  • Driver’s license suspension for two years

In addition to helping you contest or resolve these charges, we can also help you with other related criminal matters, including a disorderly conduct charge. We can also discuss the possibility of expunging an underage drinking conviction.

Let Us Help Protect Your Future – Contact Us Today

The attorneys at Chieppor & Egner LLC serve clients in and around Lancaster. To discuss your charges and your legal options with us, contact the firm to schedule an initial consultation. You can reach out online or call (717) 393-1400 .

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