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    Question: What is the maximum penalty for underage drinking?


    Arizona law (A.R.S. § 8-323) provides for the following penalties for a minor who purchases, possesses, or consumes, spirituous liquor:


    1. Probation.

    2. A juvenile court hearing.

    3. Driving privileges suspended for 180 days.

    4. Attendance at a counseling or education program.

    5. A fine of up to $500.00.

    6. Community service work.

    7. If truancy is involved, a whole host of programs with parents.

    8. With a prior record that indicates delinquency, a whole other host of headaches.

    9. A stern talking to by the judge. (Don't laugh, an angry judge is a very scary thing.)


    It appears that a judge can impose any combination of these things that she thinks is a good idea. Laws in other states are probably similar. The law about juveniles is never cut and dried.

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    On 07/18/07
    from AL said:
    it was 4th of july and i had a beer with a friend. i went back to my dorm at 11:00 pm FOR MY CERFEW, they noticed i was drinking and called the cops. i blew a 0.033 and got a mip. they kicked me out of my summer school dorms. and my classes. ive never gotten in trouble with the law before, what should i say to the judge if i cannot offord a ticket??
    On 07/09/07
    Vinny from OH said:
    The other night i got an underage becuase i was called in by my friends neighbor who's hosue i was sleeping at for "breaking and entering" the cops showed up and noticed i was drunk, but they didn't take any test or anything to prove that i was drinking,and i didn't have any alcohol containers with me, could i possibily appeal to that in court?
    On 02/26/07
    kandac from IN said:
    i almost died from alcohol poisoning. and now i have court on march 12th and i have no idea wats goin to happen to me. i didnt really get in to that much trouble from my parents i just got told not to ever do it again. i have learned my lesson from that i will never do that again. my bac level was .240 i was in a coma and i wasnt breathing so they had to cut my clothes off and they were goin to stick a tube down my throat so i could breathe.
    On 10/15/06
    brandi from AZ said:
    I got caught last night by the cops at a park drinking. I said i drank two beers, but i blew a .096 so i think i had more. I don't remember? I don't remember much of last night?. but what happens when i call the number on the ticket thing? thanks for any help in advance.
    On 07/10/06
    Tristan from AZ said:
    i was caught with a beer can in my hand outside of a club and was charged with an MIP of alcohol/underage consumption. However i was completely compliant with the officer. can anyone give me more info as to what might happen in court because of this one beer can. Should i plead guilty?
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