Minors can drink underage in Maryland…sometimes

Are all cases of underage drinking as good as lost? Not at all. In fact, there are some reasons underage people may be drinking that are allowed by law. Even if they are out and about, if they can prove that they were drinking in these situations, they may not be found guilty of an underage drinking charge.

The underage drinking laws in Maryland may appear to state that anyone under the age of 21 can’t drink or possess alcohol at all, but that’s not exactly true. Each county in the state varies, and there may be other exceptions. For instance, if you’re under 21 and working for someone who has a valid liquor license, you may possess alcohol, but you are not allowed to drink it.

If you’re in a private residence, you can drink alcohol as long as you have the permission and supervision of an adult family member. Normally, a parent must be present and must be over the age of 21.

Another time minors may drink in Maryland is during a religious ceremony. During the Episcopal and Roman Catholic rites, there are some times when alcohol consumption is sanctioned.

In general, those are the only exceptions to the laws for underage drinking. If you’re caught breaking the law, you could face charges if your blood alcohol concentration is over .02 percent. If you’re convicted, you could face the loss of your driver’s license or have to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.

Our website has more information about the things you need to know about underage drinking.