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Virginia DUI Laws: Underage Possession Laws & Penalties

  • Equal Penalties
  • Zero Tolerance for Under 21
  • Persons to Whom Alcoholic Beverage May Not Be Sold
  • Underage Possession of Alcohol
  • Purchase Alcohol for Underage Persons
  • Drinking/Possessing Alcohol on School Grounds
  • Misrepresentation of Age

VIRGINIA IS TOUGH – on underage drinkers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and underage possession of alcohol. Another term for underage possession of alcohol is (MIP- Minor In Possession Of Alcohol)

Now more than ever, Virginia school officials and college campus police are enforcing the law on underage possession of alcohol (MIP- Minor In Possession Of Alcohol) in Virginia.

A conviction for underage possession of alcohol in Virginia (MIP- Minor In Possession Of Alcohol)

can result in any or all of the following possible consequences. Suspension from the academic institution, expulsion or disciplinary actions, etc.

Also, a conviction for underage possession in Virginia can result in car insurance rates being raised for the convicted individual. Some car insurance companies are raising the rates of car insurance as high as $5000 per year for those who are convicted of underage possession.

Please contact a Virginia lawyer of the Law Offices of SRIS, P.C. to determine what options you have if you are charged with underage possession in Virginia.

Virginia Code §18.2-266.1 – Equal Penalties

Persons under age 21 who drive while under the influence of drugs or with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher in Virginia are subject to the same penalties as persons age 21 or older.

Virginia Code §18.2-266.1 – Zero Tolerance for Under 21

If your are under age 21 in Virginia, and you drive with a BAC of at least 0.02% but less than 0.08% in Virginia, you will receive a fine of up to $500 and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

Virginia Code §4.1-304 – Persons to Whom Alcoholic Beverage May Not Be Sold

If you sell alcoholic beverages to a person under age 21 in Virginia, you are subject to a fine up to $2,500 and 12 months in jail.

Virginia Code §4.1-305 – Underage Possession of Alcohol

If you are under age 21 and you are in possession of an alcoholic beverage in Virginia, you face a fine of up to $2,500 and 12 months in jail.

Virginia Code §4.1-306 – Purchase Alcohol for Underage Persons

If you purchase alcoholic beverages for a person you know to be under age 21 in Virginia, you face a fine of up to $2,500 and 12 months in jail.

Virginia Code §4.1-309 – Drinking/Possessing Alcohol on School Grounds

Drinking or possessing alcoholic beverages on public school grounds in Virginia can result in a fine of up to $1000 and six months in jail.

Virginia Code §4.1-305B – Misrepresentation of Age

If you are under age 21 in Virginia and you use or attempt to use an altered, fictitious or simulated document or student ID to establish a false age in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages you will:

  • be fined at least $500 but not over $2,500
  • be required to perform at least 50 hours of community service
  • face up to 12 months in jail, and
  • be subject to suspension of your driver’s license for up to 12 months

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Article written by A Sris
Sris Law Group
1-804-201-9009

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