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Drinking Underage In Ohio – What Are The Consequences?

Underage possession or consumption of beer or intoxicants is a serious crime in Ohio. The charges are first-degree misdemeanors carrying a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and up to a $1,000.00 fine. Worse yet, a conviction may leave you with a “criminal record” which is much more serious than a fine or costs. Fear, shame or guilt may compel you to want to plead guilty to put the charge behind you, but that decision may have long-lasting and unintended consequences.If you are under 21 years old, drinking alcohol is illegal in the State of Ohio. Ohio Revised Code...

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Ohio Alcohol Rules: How Can A Parent Promote Moderation?

Ohio Alcohol Rules Allow For Drinking In The Home It is commonly asserted that under-age drinking laws make it illegal for anyone in the US under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. However, that is simply not true. Mothers Against Drunk Driver (MADD) has made it their mission to prohibit all underage drinking, but many parents advocate an approach which teaches children to use alcohol in a moderate and responsible manner. This myth about under-age drinking laws intimidates many parents into not teaching their children how to drink safely and in moderation and is thus seen as counterproductive.A government report to...

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It Is Prom OVI Season – Talk To Your Kids!

Prom OVI season is here! That means that Mothers Against Drunk Driving and their partners in law enforcement have begun the annual Prom enforcement blitz.  In addition to tuxedos, ugly wrist corsages and the awkward pictures; make sure you talk to your teen about managing a police encounter.MADD has shifted its focus away from its singular mission of preventing drunk driving, to include an effort to curb underage drinking.  The Prom OVI enforcement is used in conjunction with their efforts at instilling fear amongst parents who may provide alcohol to minors in their home.  This initiative has been aided by a national...

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Your Kids Will Be Targeted This Prom Season

Prom Season in Ohio brings forth a big law enforcement response.Undercover agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit are taking an active role in enforcing Ohio’s alcohol laws to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe prom season. Agents throughout Ohio will be conducting compliance checks on liquor permit premises, educating Ohio’s high school students through Sober Truth classes, and working with local alcohol coalitions and law enforcement to bring awareness to the dangers of underage drinking.Parents will be targeted by MADD's "Parents Who Host Lose The Most" campaign. A person who furnishes alcohol to an underage person is guilty of...

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Prom DUI Blitz Underway

Mothers Against Drunk Driving and their partners in law enforcement have begun the annual Prom DUI enforcement blitz that will last throughout the prom season.  So in addition to the tuxedos, the wrist corsages and the awkward pictures; make sure you talk to your teen about drunk driving.  MADD is proclaiming April 21 “PowerTalk21 Day” to encourage parents and teens to talk about alcohol.In recent years, MADD has shifted its focus away from its singular mission of preventing drunk driving, to include an effort to curb underage drinking.  The Prom DUI enforcement is used in conjunction with their efforts at instilling...

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Ohio’s Underage Drinking Law (Party Smart)

Ohio's Underage Drinking Law (also known as Underage Possession, Minor in Possession, Underage Consumption) prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing, possessing or consuming alcohol prior to your 21st birthday.  A violation of this law is a first degree misdemeanor which can subject you to a maximum six month jail sentence and a maximum $1,000 fine.Is this unfair? Yes Is this hypocritical? Yes Is this bad public policy? Yes Would I like to see it changed? YesYou may also violate Ohio's Underage Drinking Law by being the host.  A social host or home owner risks being fined and imprisoned when he/she...

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Consequences of a Fake ID

Fake IDs Have Real ConsequencesIf you are under the age of 21 years of age and you either (a) use someone else's identification to buy alcohol, or (b) alter your identification to purchase alcohol, you will find yourself facing a multiplicity of consequences.  O.R.C. 4510.33 carries a one year license suspension.  You will be required to retake the driver's license examination if the license is altered.  You will also be required to pay a reinstatement fee to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  You can file an appeal within 20 days of the mailing of the notice in the municipal or...

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