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The Consequences of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor

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Illinois DUI lawyerDrinking socially can be a way to unwind from a stressful week, as long as the individual drinking is doing so responsibly. Many parents, legal guardians, and other adults have furnished alcohol to their children, even if under the age of 21. However, even though the furnishing of alcohol may not be in a public place, the state of Illinois still considers this action to be illegal and it may come with very serious charges, including driving under the influence, if the person drinking alcohol decides to drive afterward.

Why Is Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor Illegal in Illinois?

If an adult over the age of 21 provides alcohol to a person under the age of 21, he or she may face some very serious consequences. The individual may face a fine of up to $2,500 and one year in jail for a misdemeanor offense. However, if the individual is charged with a felony, he or she may face a fine of up to $25,000 and at least one year in prison.

If the adult over the age of 21 knowingly gives alcohol to a minor at a private residence, he or she may face a $500 fine, along with the $2,500 fine and one year in jail. The adult may face a Class 4 felony if a serious injury or death was to occur because of the furnishing, as well as the $25,000 fine and up to three years in prison.

Illinois is a “Zero Tolerance” state, where an individual under the age of 21 will have his or her driving privileges suspended, even if the blood alcohol content (BAC) is over 0.0. For the first offense, the individual will have driving privileges suspended for three months, and six months if he or she refuses a blood alcohol test. For the second offense, the individual’s driver’s license will be suspended for one year, and two years if testing is refused.

Contact Your DuPage County DUI Defense Lawyer

Being charged with driving under the influence is serious, which may cost you your overall quality of life. If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, legal representation may be in the best interest. At McMahon Law Offices, our experienced Oakbrook Terrace DUI defense attorneys bring over 24 years of experience in the DUI defense practice and are ready to assist you with your case. For a free initial consultation, please call 630-953-440 to discuss your case. We are also available in the evenings and on weekends.

 

Source:

https://www.illinois.gov/ilcc/Education/Pages/Under%2021/Consequences/Under-21-Laws.aspx

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