Connecticut law makes possession of alcohol by a minor an infraction. Young adults under age 21 may not have alcohol on their persons or in their control in public or private areas, or in their cars. For college students, minor in possession tickets can happen when the police are called to frat parties or sorority events, when walking around campus at Fairfield University with your alcohol, or even while hanging out drinking in your dorm room at Sacred Heart University.
If you are a minor found in possession of alcohol, pleading guilty will result in a fine of $200 to $500, and a 30 - 60 day driver’s license suspension. (Reinstating your license will cost an additional $175.) If you have not yet gotten your driver’s license, your ability to apply for one will be suspended instead.
It is also illegal for minors to buy alcohol. In Connecticut, a minor who makes false statements, lies about their age, or uses a fake driver’s license to get alcohol can be charged with a misdemeanor. These charges most often happen in and around the liquor stores near campus.
If you are charged as a minor making misrepresentations to procure alcohol, you could face an infraction with a fine of $200 to $500, or a Class D misdemeanor. The penalty for using a fake ID to buy alcohol is up to 30 days in jail, $200 to $500 and a 150 day driver’s license suspension.
Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, The Lebedevitch Law Firm takes Minor in Possession of Alcohol cases throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties. We offer predictable flat fees in Minor in Possession cases. Contact us for a free consultation.