Common Minor in Possession Laws

The most common criminal offense prosecuted among minors across many states is the underage possession of alcohol. Unfortunately, many of these arrests also come with a charge for possessing a fake ID, which was used to obtain the alcohol illegally. Either of these offenses carries the potential for life-altering consequences, and facing both of them together can lead to devastating penalties for a minor's future.

As is the case with all other states, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcohol unless they fall within a very specific set of circumstances. Many high school and college students are arrested for this offense each year, however, jeopardizing their scholarships, enrollment, and even future employment opportunities.

Illegally possessing alcohol is considered a second degree misdemeanor for a first offense and carries the potential for up to 60 days in jail or 6 months of probation and up to $500 in fines. Subsequent charges will increase the consequences, but even a first charge can seriously jeopardize the future opportunities of a juvenile.


A minor who uses a fake ID to illegally obtain alcohol risks consequences both inside and outside the courtroom that can change the course of their educational and employment opportunities. Those pursuing higher education will likely face a college disciplinary hearing for either of the offenses, and they could be suspended or expelled as a result.