Alcohol offenses are not limited to drunk driving or DUI. In Ohio, a person can be charged with a wide range of criminal offenses that involve alcohol especially when minors are involved. The sentencing can range from fines to time in jail.

It is a criminal offense in Ohio for anyone under 21 to purchase or consume alcohol, with some few exceptions. Minors under 21 may be served alcohol if a parent is present and consents. The minor can also consume alcohol for certain specific medical, educational or religious reasons. This includes communion wine. If you are under 21, married and your spouse is legal, you can also drink alcohol with him/her.

Underage drinking carries sentencing of up to six months in jail and fines up to $1,000. Make sure you have the best, most aggressive criminal defense attorney in Ohio. 

Other offenses include:

  • Providing alcohol to a minor — An adult or social host could face up to six months in jail or fines of $1,000 for providing alcohol to an underage individual.
  • Fake ID — It is illegal to possess or use a fake driver’s license. You could face up to six months’ imprisonment or up to $1,000 in fines. There is a minimum fine of $250 for using a fake ID to obtain alcohol or enter an establishment serving alcohol. The person to whom the license belongs could lose his or her license for three years.
  • Open container — In the state of Ohio, it is illegal to have an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a car. Simply having an open container could result in a $100 fine. Consuming the alcohol in the vehicle could carry 30 days in jail and/or a $250 fine.
  • Drunk and disorderly conduct — Disorderly conduct while intoxicated is a minor misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of a $100 fine. This is charged when the person recklessly causes inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, such as disturbing the peace.

The Bottom Line: During high school and college years, students often make mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes result in criminal charges, and the stakes are high. A conviction could severely impact the student’s future, employment potential after college and other important opportunities. It is critical that a student charged with a crime have an experienced criminal defense attorney representing him/her to fight the charges and minimize the impact the charges might have in the future.  Call me: 513.260.2099