Long gone are the days when our society didn’t think it was a big deal when a minor had a few drinks. Today, police raid house parties with breathalyzer machines in hand and arrest anyone who registers even a trace amount of alcohol in his or her bloodstream.
Attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates have successfully defended high school and college students who have been charged with drinking-related offenses, including DUI’s, in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Arbutus, and Bel Air Maryland.
What Is Underage Drinking or Minor in Possession?
It is illegal for anyone to possess or drink alcohol if they are under 21 years of age. If your child is found to have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .02, he or she can be charged with underage drinking. If your child is driving, he or she can be found guilty of driving under the influence with a BAC of .02. The legal limit for adults is .08.
Minors are often intimidated by police and provide incriminating information when they have no legal obligation to do so. For example, when stopping your child, a police officer may ask if he or she has been drinking. If your child answers that he or she had a few beers, that could lead to criminal charges because a small amount of alcohol can result in a BAC of .02.
Unfortunately, underage drinking and minor in possession are misdemeanors, which will result in a criminal record. My goal as your child’s lawyer is to prevent a mistake from having lifelong consequences.
Maryland’s exception to the rules prohibiting underage possession of alcohol includes members of an individual’s “immediate family” when the alcoholic beverage is furnished and possessed “in a private residence or within the curtilage of the residence.” APIS interprets the phrase “immediate family” as including a spouse. See Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 10-117(c)(1) beginning October 1, 2002, and Md. Ann. Code 1957 art. 27, § 401A(c)(1) prior to October 1, 2002.
Maryland Under Age Drinking Lawyer
If your child is charged with underage drinking or minor in possession, then contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates. For your convenience, we have offices located in Arbutus and Catonsville, Maryland.
Call the lawyers at 443-709-9999 before you speak with anyone else about this situation. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also offer a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options.