Illinois residents who are under the age of 21 and have been charged with possessing or consuming alcohol need to be mindful of the consequences that may accompany these charges. Pursuant to 235 ILCS 5/6-20 a person who is under 21 years of age who transfers, possesses or consumes alcohol faces a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of $2,500 for each offense. Additionally, pursuant to Illinois Statute when a person is convicted of underage drinking the Illinois Secretary of State can suspend that person’s driver’s license even if the arrest or offense has nothing to do with a motor vehicle. When a person has been charged with Consumption of Liquor by a Minor it is important to remember that your criminal record and your Illinois driving record can be adversely affected.
If you or someone you know is charged with Underage Drinking or DUI it is important to hire experienced attorneys to protect not only your driving record, but also your criminal record. Contact Gruszeczki & Smith Law at 312-253-7343 for a free consultation today.