Drinking underage in Maryland can cause many problems for teens or young adults. Even having a small amount of alcohol in the blood stream can be enough for a minor to be arrested and charged, leading to penalties like fines or jail time. For that reason, if you’re under age and accused of drinking, you need to defend yourself.
It’s not legal for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol. If you, as a teen or person under 21, are caught with a blood alcohol content of .02 percent or higher, you can be charged with underage drinking. If you were driving at the time when you registered the 0.02 BAC, you can be found guilty of driving under the influence even though the adult legal limit is 0.08.
As a minor, you have no reason to provide police with any incriminating evidence or information. You don’t need to be intimidated by police; if an officer asks if you’ve been drinking, you don’t actually have to answer. Underage drinking is a misdemeanor. That means that a charge and conviction will go on your criminal record. A simple mistake as a young adult, in this case, could have lifelong consequences without the right defensive strategy.
If you’ve been arrested or have struggled with an underage drinking charge, don’t try to fight it alone. Our webpage on underage drinking provides more information about your options if you’ve been stopped for or charged with underage drinking. You may be able to reduce or eliminate your charge completely, helping you keep this mistake off your criminal record. You may be able to put your past behind you and move forward without any restrictions in your record.