Are all cases of underage drinking as good as lost? Not at all. In fact,
there are some reasons underage people may be drinking that are allowed
by law. Even if they are out and about, if they can prove that they were
drinking in these situations, they may not be found guilty of an underage
The underage drinking laws in Maryland may appear to state that anyone
under the age of 21 can’t drink or
possess alcohol at all, but that’s not exactly true. Each county in the state varies,
and there may be other exceptions. For instance, if you’re under
21 and working for someone who has a valid liquor license, you may possess
alcohol, but you are not allowed to drink it.
If you’re in a private residence, you can drink alcohol as long as
you have the permission and supervision of an adult family member. Normally,
a parent must be present and must be over the age of 21.
Another time minors may drink in Maryland is during a religious ceremony.
During the Episcopal and Roman Catholic rites, there are some times when
alcohol consumption is sanctioned.
In general, those are the only exceptions to the laws for underage drinking.
If you’re caught breaking the law, you could face charges if your
blood alcohol concentration is over .02 percent. If you’re convicted,
you could face the loss of your driver’s license or have to have
an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.
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