Underage drinking in Phoenix

by Aaron Black • March 15, 2017
Underage drinkingThe legal drinking age in Phoenix is 21 and with that being said it is illegal to consume alcohol if you are under 21 years of age. The penalties for underage drinking are often stricter for those under 21 due to the high rate of minors driving under the influence.

Arizona Revised Statute 4-244(34) makes it illegal for a person under twenty-one years of age to drive or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while there is any spirituous liquor in the person's body. The exception to the law is when alcohol is given to a minor for legitimate religious purposes such as communal wine, or for medical purposes.

Class 2 misdemeanor underage drinking penalties

  • A citation will be issued
     
  • Possible jail time with the prospect of serving up to four months
     
  • Fines of up to $750
     
  • If you are convicted of underage drinking you will have a criminal record that will be visible to entities such as employers or colleges for admission.
     
  • You may be offered the option to attend a diversion program. If you agree to a diversion program you will have to attend classes on alcohol abuse and you may be ordered to pay certain court fees. If you are offered and agree to a diversion program, after completion of the program the criminal conviction will be dropped from your record.

Class 1 misdemeanor for using a fake ID to buy alcohol

  • Possible jail time with the prospect of serving up to six months
     
  • Fines up to $2500
     
  • Revocation of driver’s license (up to 6 months)
Underage drinking in Phoenix isn’t taken lightly. If your child has been charged with drinking under that age of 21 it is imperative that you seek a criminal defense attorney. To learn more contact, Aaron, to set up a free consultation or call 480-729-1683.