Under Arizona Law, it is illegal for a minor to consume alcohol unless it was in connection with a religious practice or for a medical purpose and was consumed in a way not dangerous to public health or safety (A.R.S. §4-244.42).
A person who is found guilty of Minor in Consumption (MIC) is guilty of a Class 2 Misdemeanor (A.R.S. § 4-246(A)). A Class 2 Misdemeanor may be punishable by up to four months in jail (A.R.S. § 13-707(A)(2)) and/or two years of probation (A.R.S. § 13-902(A)(6)), and up to $750 fines (A.R.S. § 13-802(B)). In addition to those penalties applicable to all Class 2 Misdemeanors, there is a $150 fine that is associated specifically with MIC (A.R.S. § 4-246(E)). A person under the age of 18 may also have their driver’s license revoked for 180 days if found guilty of MIC.
It is also a crime to use a fake ID to purchase or otherwise obtain alcohol. (A.R.S. 4-241(L)). This offense is a Class 1 Misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months of jail time (A.R.S. § 13-707(A)(1)), three years of probation (A.R.S. § 13-902(A)(5)) and/or $2,500 in fines (A.R.S. § 13-802(A)).
If you have been charged with MIC, MIP or using a fake ID to purchase alcohol, you have a right to be represented by an attorney. The experienced attorneys at AWD LAW®will work with you to understand all of the circumstances of your case and develop a strong defense. We will advocate vigorously on your behalf to ensure that you receive the lowest sentence that is legally possible.
We are Northern Arizona’s DUI/DWI and Criminal Defense lawyers. Contact us at 1-800-774-1478 or 928-774-1478.