Massachusetts treats a minor in possession of alcohol very seriously. Massachusetts general law 138 section 34c makes it illegal if someone who is under 21 did knowingly possess, transport or carry on his or her person alcohol or an alcoholic beverage having, in Massachusetts.
In order to be convicted of a fake identification case in Massachusetts the Assistant District Attorney must prove that the person did the follow:
- being under twenty-one years of age and not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian,
- did knowingly possess, transport or carry on his or her person alcohol or an alcoholic beverage,
- not doing so in the course of his or her employment while between the ages of eighteen and twenty one
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PENALTY FOR MINOR IN POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL IN MASSACHUSETTS
The penalty for a minor in possession of alcohol is a fine of $50, record of conviction to a misdemeanor crime which does go on a criminal record, and loss of driver’s license for three months, plus a license reinstatement fee.
Charges of a minor possessing alcohol, G.L. c. 138, § 34C, and procuring alcohol for a minor, G.L. c. 138, § 34A, both carry mandatory license suspensions. A conviction of Section 34A will result in a 180-day suspension while a conviction of Section 34C will result in a ninety-day suspension. These suspensions are mandatory and the registry is not granted the legal authority to provide hardships for the same.
Yes. There are defense to charges of minor in possession of alcohol in Massachusetts. Attorney Patrick Donovan has been able to successfully represent many young people charged with minor in possession of alcohol. Many times Attorney Donovan has been able to avoid conviction for each client charged with a minor in possession and in some case has been able to avoid any entry on the person’s criminal record.
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Boston Criminal Attorney Patrick Donovan worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County. There he handled thousands of criminal prosecutions. Attorney Donovan handled criminal arraignments, pre-trials, bench and jury trial. As a Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick Donovan puts that experience to work for you.