The simple fact that you are under the age of 21 and caught with alcohol is a crime. In Maryland, state laws take a very strong stance against underage drinking.
If you are under the age of 21 and you are facing alcohol-related crimes, it is important to act quickly to protect your rights and interests. Whether you were caught with a fake ID or you were caught possessing alcohol, you need to understand what you are up against.
Underage individuals and alcohol
You know that drinking and driving is illegal, as is underage drinking. However, there are various alcohol-related offenses that could threaten your future if you are under the age of 21, including the following:
- If you bought, consumed or have alcohol in your possession, you are facing serious repercussions, including fines. These fines also increase depending on if you have been convicted before.
- Possessing a fake identification is illegal. Getting caught with a fake ID could even mean jail time.
- If you are underage and already on alcohol restriction, you could face additional penalties. These could include the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle or license suspension.
High stakes after an alcohol-related arrest
There is much at stake, including your driving privileges and financial well-being. However, there are other issues on the line as well, including your educational opportunities, your future career and even participation in certain college programs.
The biggest takeaway is to remember that just because you are a minor, do not think you will only receive a slap on the wrist. The truth is that you are facing criminal charges and you should take the charges seriously.