In Pennsylvania, any person under the age of 21 who is caught possessing, purchasing, consuming, or transporting alcohol will be charged with Underage Drinking, 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 6308. Although graded as a summary offense, a citation for Underage Drinking can carry serious consequences and should not be taken lightly. A conviction will result in a mandatory driver's license suspension, fines and costs, and a stain on the defendant's criminal record that cannot be removed for at least five years. Moreover, an Underage Drinking conviction must be disclosed on many school and job applications and can hinder future educational and employment opportunities.
Increased Penalties for Repeat Offenders
While one conviction for Underage Drinking is bad enough, the penalties for second and subsequent convictions are even worse. The following is a breakdown of the penalties for repeat offenders:
- 1st offense: 90 day license suspension, up to $500 fine, and court costs.
- 2nd offense: 1 year license suspension, up to $1000 fine, and court costs.
- 3rd and subsequent offense: 2 year license suspension, up to $1000 fine, and court costs.
With respect to driver's license suspensions, any person who does not have a driver's license at the time of their Underage Drinking conviction cannot apply for a learner's permit or driver's license until serving the duration of their suspension. Additionally, any person who is under 16 when convicted will begin serving their license suspension on their 16th birthday.
Cited for Underage Drinking? Call Bishop Law Today
As every parent is keenly aware, good kids can make poor decisions. Don't let your child's momentary lapse in judgment result in long-term consequences that could hinder future educational and employment opportunities. If your child has been cited for Underage Drinking, call or text (412) 589-9422 for a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Pittsburgh Underage Drinking Attorney at Bishop Law.
We will work tirelessly to protect your child's future and have their charges dismissed. Call us today.