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    Question: I was arrested for underage possesion. At the time of arrest I was not intoxicated, though there were many people at the party that were. We were all taken to the local jail and held for the remainder of the morning. When I blew into the BAC tester, my results were a .014 BAC. That is incredibly low, but yet I am still being charged with underage possession. How? I was not drunk?

    Answer: Arizona Law  makes it illegal for anyone under the legal drinking age of 21 years to 'possess or consume spirituous liquor'. (A.R.S. § 4-244(9)). The statute does not only apply if you are intoxicated. It applies if you have consumed any alcohol, which was proven by your breath test reading.

    The law does not require that you drink any alcohol either...just that you have it in your possession. If the police see you holding an unopened beer, they can prosecute you under this law.


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    36 thru 40 of 40 comments    ...  6   7  [ 8 ]   
    On 09/13/02
    Julie from IA said:
    When you are somewhere not drinking , maybe your there to be a designated driver , but whatever the case if you are not drinking you should not be charged. It is silly to punish somebody for NOT drinking underage. I have learned this from experience and hopefully someday you will too.
    On 09/12/02
    Billy W. from AL said:
    How is this crazy, do you people not understand the law?! This is exactly why you shouldnt be given any more rights, you cant understand the simplest things, like being arrested for breaking the law!?
    On 09/10/02
    mindy from IN said:
    i think that is crazy they shouldn't make you do the time because you wern't drunk. Laws these dayz...thats out of control!!
    On 08/14/02
    Laura from MD said:
    I hate these "Under 21" laws for a variety of reasons, but I'll tell you the one that makes me the must angry: * I had a summer job in which I made (before SS taxs, Medicare, etc.) around 1,400 dollars. Since I made more than $750 (I believe this was the amount of yearly income that they begin to tax children at), I now have to file for income tax. Although the amount that I will have to pay to the IRS is small, I find it wrong that I should have to pay taxes while not being granted the rights of an adult. I cannot purchase cigarettes or alcohol, and, not that I would, I feel that if an
    On 08/07/02
    jimmy from GU said:
    whats up.....well i think that you should be charged with this b/c you commited a crim no wyou got to do the time my man.
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