The drinking age in Ohio is 21 and consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 is illegal with the following exceptions:
- on private, non alcohol-selling premises, with consent of a legal guardian — for example, with legal guardian’s permission at a party, or
- for religious purposes – for example, drinking wine with religious ceremony, or
- for medical purposes – for example, a physician administering a medical treatment, or
- with consent of a legal guardian on alcohol-selling premises – for example, at a restaurant or catered affair.
The State of Ohio has cracked down and made the penalties for drinking and driving by underage drivers more strict. Adults have to have blood-alcohol content of .08 for a DUI charge in Ohio but, anyone under age 21 can be charged with an DUI with just a ,02 BAC – a simple trace amount! Furthermore, having an alcoholic beverage in public or in your car can result in misdemeanor charges, fines or prison. You need a dedicated criminal defense attorney in Ohio to jump in and immediately to help you get the best possible outcome. If you are pulled over, remember, do not answer questions and call your attorney.
An Ohio criminal defense attorney that has represented college and high school students when facing these criminal charges will also help the students as they face a myriad of further consequences for underage drinking such as suspension from school and sport teams, job loss and so much more. The impact of this charge shouldn’t follow you through your life.
The Bottom Line: Your case needs to be thoroughly examined and I will work diligently and aggressively to protect all of your rights. There is always the possibility of sentencing that focuses on rehab rather than punishment. A second chance; an ability to turn your life around and get past the mistake without a conviction following you around through your life. I can be reached anytime of the day or night. Please, put my number in your phone and if you are pulled over, I should be the first person you speak to. 513-260-2099