The legal age to consume alcohol in Arizona is 21, and anyone under the age of 21 found guilty of drinking alcohol can be charged with minor in consumption. The penalties vary for a juvenile offender who is charged with minor in consumption of alcohol, and they depend on the situation in question.
What are the Potential Penalties for Minor in Consumption in Arizona?
Generally, courts will grant leniency to first offenders and will typically impose the following penalties:
- Alcohol education or addiction programs
- One year probation
- Potential community service
In addition, it is also possible to achieve deferred prosecution in Arizona minor in consumption cases. With deferred prosecution, no judgment is entered and the offender will instead be required to meet with a probation officer for at least 6 months.
If the officer encounters no further problems or criminal behavior, the charges against the juvenile can be dismissed. In this case, the juvenile is left with no criminal record.
However, in extreme cases, a judge may impose a criminal conviction with jail time, even for a first offense, if he or she believes that the offender may be a danger to themselves or others.
Don’t Face a Minor in Consumption Charge Alone – or with a Public Defender
At JacksonWhite Law, we help hundreds of clients get through difficult times by providing superior and affordable legal services. If you or your child is facing charges for minor in consumption in Arizona, call us today for your free consultation.
Our defense team has helped families across Phoenix, the East Valley and all over the state deal with juvenile cases. To learn more about minor in consumption charges, or for your consultation, get in touch with us today.