Decades ago, it was normal for young people to have a drink, even if he
or she was a minor. Today, that’s not the case, and drinking as
a minor can land you in hot water. Police will go to house parties, parties
at fraternities or sororities and even to events and will test the people
there for alcohol. If anyone has even a drop in his or her bloodstream,
then the police can arrest him or her in Maryland.
One mistake or a single drink shouldn’t lead to your life being changed
due to an
underage drinking charge. These charges can come up on job applications and can hurt a child’s
reputation, making it hard to get a job, to participate in school activities and more.
In Maryland, it’s illegal for anyone under 21 to possess or drink
alcohol. If a person under 21 is found to have a blood alcohol content
that is 0.02 or higher, then he or she can be charged with underage drinking.
Of course, there are other reasons a minor’s BAC may come back with
a blood alcohol content over 0.02, like if the machine isn’t working
correctly or if the minor is taking certain kinds of medications.
It’s true that police can be intimidating to minors, and they may
give incriminating evidence on themselves without thinking about the consequences.
It’s important that your child has someone to stand up for him or
her, because an underage drinking charge is a misdemeanor that can go
on his or her record. Our website has more information, so you can learn
about these charges and how to avoid a conviction.