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Underage Drinking

Myrtle Beach Underage Drinking Defense Attorneys

When a minor is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), the legal and practical ramifications can be even more severe than in the case of an adult. The Alcohol Policy Information System, a project of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, outlines several issues that can lead to legal troubles for an underage drinker/driver in South Carolina:

  • Possession of alcohol is prohibited for minors except in a young person's parent's or guardian's home.
  • Consumption of alcohol by minors is prohibited with no exceptions.
  • Underage individuals may not purchase alcohol except for law enforcement purposes.
  • Furnishing alcohol to minors is prohibited except by the parent, guardian or spouse of the minor, at home.
  • Use of a false ID to obtain alcohol is a criminal offense. Violation of this prohibition may include driver's license suspension.
  • Retailers may be charged with a crime after selling alcohol to minors, even if a retailer believed a purchaser was at least 21 years old.
  • A blood alcohol content higher than .02 is considered to be evidence of a violation. This is much higher than the legal limit for adults.
  • An underage driver who purchases, possesses or consumes alcohol will be subject to driver's license suspension, revocation or denial.

Our Lawyers Are Experienced With DUI Cases

To obtain the best outcome after being charged with underage drinking and/or DUI, consult with experienced legal counsel.

If you have been charged with drunk driving in South Carolina and you are younger than 21, your need for a knowledgeable, skilled criminal defense attorney's services is critical.

Your lawyer should have experience representing juveniles as well as in DUI defense in general.

Myrtle Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer

Monckton, Hembree & Humphries Law Firm, P.A., has achieved many favorable results for students and other minors who were arrested on suspicion of DUI. Our experience has given us many strategies and tools that have served our young clients well.


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