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Minors and Drinking Offenses

The state of Texas has strict laws regarding minors (people under the age of 21) and the consumption of alcohol. If you or a loved one is a minor, you should familiarize yourself with these laws. Dallas DWI attorney Mark Lassiter is happy to present this overview of Texas drinking offenses for minors.

What Minors Cannot Do

In Dallas, Texas, it is illegal for a minor to:

  • Attempt to purchase an alcoholic beverage
  • Consume an alcoholic beverage
  • Hold, possess, or carry an alcoholic beverage
  • Drive after consuming any amount of alcohol
  • Misrepresent his or her age

Exceptions

Minors are allowed to handle and consume alcoholic beverages under certain circumstances, including:

  • Under the supervision of parents or legal guardians
  • While working a job that involves serving or cooking with alcohol
  • While working with police in undercover investigations

Penalties

These alcohol-related offenses are generally Class C misdemeanors, although factors such as prior convictions can have an impact on the charges and sentences. Penalties for violating one or more of these laws can include:

  • A fine of $200 or more
  • Probation
  • Mandatory community service
  • Mandatory alcohol education
  • Suspension of driver ‘s license

Protect Your Rights

If you or a loved one has been charged with underage drinking, DUI, or related crimes, you need to speak to an experienced Dallas DWI attorney. He or she will review your case and work with you to have the charges dropped or the sentence reduced.

To contact Dallas DWI lawyer Mark Lassiter, call (214) 845-7007 today.


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