Possession of Alcohol by Minors – California Bus. and Prof. Code Section 25662

If you are under the age of 21 and are found to be in possession of alcohol, you could face misdemeanor charges under California Business and Professions Code section 25662. Business and Professions Code section 25662 states that it is a misdemeanor for any person under the age of 21 to possess alcohol in a public place, a place open to the public, or on any street or highway.

Although the offense is punishable only by a fine or community service, a criminal conviction can have consequences beyond the courtroom. For example, because Business and Professions Code section 25662 is a misdemeanor, any conviction for public possession of alcohol by a minor will show up on the person’s criminal history printout. Additionally, any minor found in violation of this law will have their driver’s license suspended for one year by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), or if the minor does not yet have a license the DMV may delay the minor’s ability to obtain one.

The law provides certain exceptions which state that a person is not guilty of underage possession of alcohol under Business and Professions Code section 25662 if he/she did so in pursuance of his/her employment or was making a delivery of an alcoholic beverage in pursuance of the order of his or her parent, responsible adult relative or legal guardian.

If you or someone you know has been charged with underage possession of alcohol, the knowledgeable attorneys at The X-Law Group, P.C. can represent you in court and at any DMV hearing regarding your driver’s license. If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact The X-law Group, P.C. at 1-888-55-xlawx. You may also visit our website at http://www.thexlawgroup.com. We look forward to helping you.