Is underage drinking a misdemeanor?
Is underage drinking a misdemeanor? Underage drinking in Pennsylvania is a summary level offense. It’s not a misdemeanor, but it’s a summary level offense with teeth to it. In Pennsylvania, a first offense of underage drinking, in addition to being a fine, carries with it a significant 90-day loss of license. A second offense carries a year loss of license. Even though it’s not a typical criminal misdemeanor offense, it does have teeth.
Also, an underage drinking offense goes up on the public portal, so anybody can see that. Even though it may seem innocuous, it may seem, “Oh, it’s just another underage drinking, everybody does that.” You have to ask yourself, how is it you may be applying to? An employee you may be seeking employment with, how would they feel if they see that you have alcohol-related offenses on your record? We don’t want you to put you in a situation where you’re prejudiced into the future.
That is why you need experienced attorneys who are going to fight for you, take the charge you are facing very seriously, and get the results you need. Give us a call at Ciccarelli Law Offices and we can help.