The legal drinking age in Missouri is 21. However, peer pressure and social settings make underage drinking a common occurrence. What consequences could you face for this?
If you are a student, underage drinking could impact your academic career. You could get placed on academic probation. You may have your student aid revoked. If you’re applying to college, some schools may be less likely to accept someone with an offense on their record.
Missouri law treats underage drinking offenses harshly. It is a misdemeanor for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase or possess alcohol, or to be drunk in public. If you are caught doing any of these things, you could face up to a year in jail and have to pay up to $1,000 in fines.
Are there exceptions to this rule?
Missouri’s Good Samaritan Law (section 195.205) states that if you are attempting to seek medical assistance to someone who is experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose, you will be exempt from any arrest or prosecution, if you yourself are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
What should I do if I’ve been arrested for underage drinking?
Being arrested can be scary, but it’s important to remember that an arrest doesn’t automatically lead to a conviction. It’s important to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney to advocate on your behalf. Depending on the alleged offense, and whether it’s a first-time offense, they may be able to help you get your charges dropped.