Under Minnesota law, it is illegal for a person under the age of 21 years old to consume any alcohol. If you or a loved one are facing a minor consumption violation, hiring an experienced DWI attorney Minnesota to help you navigate the next steps in your case can make the difference in getting a favorable result.
However, if proven by a preponderance of the evidence, it is an affirmative defense to a minor consumption violation if the defendant consumed the alcoholic beverage in the household of their parent or guardian and with the consent of the parent or guardian.
Additionally, if you are under 21 it is illegal to purchase or attempt to purchase any alcoholic beverage unless under the supervision of a responsible person over the age of 21 for training, education, or research purposes.
It is also illegal for a person under 21 to possess any alcoholic beverage with intent to consume it at a place other than the household of their parent or guardian. Possession of alcohol in a place other than that of a parent or guardian creates a rebuttable presumption of intent to consume.
Should I Hire a Minnesota DWI Attorney?
An experienced attorney is essential when dealing with complex underage drinking laws. Gerald Miller PA has defended thousands of alcohol cases and has over 35 years experience in criminal defense. Our goal is to guide you through these difficult times and help obtain the best result possible for your individual situation. Contact us today at 612-341-9080 for a free consultation.
For more information see the Minnesota Underage Drinking And Driving Statute 340A.503.
See also Not a Drop Violation
See also Under 21 DWI / DUI