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Penalties for Underage Drinking & Alcohol Possession...


Providing alcohol to an individual under the age of 21
PENALTIES: Maximum $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail for a misdemeanor offense. Felony offense can result in a prison sentence of a year or more and fines up to $25,000.

NEW SOCIAL HOST LAW! It is a $500 minimum fine (with a maximum $2,500 fine and up to one year in jail) to knowingly allow underage drinking to occur at a private residence. If serious injury or death occurs because of this activity, individuals are subject to a Class 4 felony (up to three years in prison and fines up to $25,000).

Possession, consumption, purchase, or receipt of alcohol
by an individual under the age of 21

PENALTIES: 3-month suspension of driving privileges for court supervision, 6 mos. for first conviction, 1 year for second conviction, and license revocation for subsequent convictions.

Illegal transportation of alcohol in an automobile by
an individual under the age of 21

PENALTIES: Transporting alcohol is illegal, and anyone in the vehicle can be charged with a maximum $1,000 fine. For the driver, the penalty is mandatory driver’s license suspension for one year on the first offense, and mandatory one-year revocation for subsequent offenses.


(Blood Alcohol Content over 0.0 while driving a vehicle)
1st OFFENSE: Three-month suspension of driving privileges; six-month suspension with refusal of alcohol testing.
2nd OFFENSE (before age 21): One-year suspension of driver’s license; two-year suspension with refusal of testing.

(BAC of at least .08%, a showing of other drugs, or refusing
to submit to alcohol or drug testing)

1st OFFENSE: Six-month suspension of driving privileges;
one-year suspension with refusal of testing.

NEW LAW! To obtain driving relief, you MUST be 18+ years old, serve 30 days of “hard” suspension, and drive a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) equipped vehicle. Driving without a BAIID is a Class 4 felony. Penalties include a minimum of 30 days in jail (or 300 hours community service), up to three years in prison,
and fines up to $25,000.

2nd OFFENSE (within 5 years): One-year suspension of driving privileges; three-year suspension with refusal of testing. No driving relief possible.


1st CONVICTION: Up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,500. Two-year minimum revocation of driver’s license. Not eligible for driving relief until the second year.
2nd CONVICTION: Up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,500. Revocation of driver’s license for minimum five years or until age 21, whichever is longer. Mandatory minimum im-prisonment of five days (or 240 hours of community service).

AGGRAVATED DUI: Any DUI resulting in a felony charge, including a DUI resulting in great bodily harm or death; a third or subsequent DUI conviction; or committing a DUI without a valid license, permit, or insurance. Penalties include:

  • Imprisonment of up to 14 years for DUI resulting in
    the loss of life.
  • Imprisonment of up to 28 years for multiple fatalities.
  • Felony charges vary for offense from a Class 4 felony (one to three years imprisonment) to a Class X felony (6-30 years).
  • Minimum revocation periods vary for offense from a minimum of one year to mandatory life.

Printable PDF flyer with above info

Multas por Beber y Poseer Alcohol para Menores de Edad
(Printable PDF flyer with above info in SPANISH)

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