It is illegal for someone under the age of 21 to buy or consume alcohol. Because of this law, minors may attempt to get an adult to purchase beer, wine, or liquor for them. Doing so, is illegal! If you haven't taken a complete alcohol awareness course, here are some facts:
Buying or giving any type of alcohol to a minor is a serious offense. Punishments vary by state but the following consequences are possible.
Jail time can range from days to a year behind bars for misdemeanor convictions. However, felony convictions can be anywhere from one year to five years in prison.
Fines will also differ depending on the location and severity of the crime. Fines can reach up to $5,000 but will more likely range from $500 to $1,000. If convicted of a felony, you could find yourself paying somewhere close to $50,000.
Not only will you be responsible for any fines but you may also have to pay court costs. Court expenses differ substantially, but expect to pay a few hundred dollars to cover court fees, in addition to your fine.
Probation sentences can last around 12 months and you will likely be required to: report to a probation officer, maintain employment, participate in community services, and stay out of legal trouble.
The way to avoid these penalties, is by not breaking the law in the first place. Do NOT supply alcohol to minors. For additional information, enroll in an alcohol education program.