The charge of Public Possession of Alcohol when the defendant is under 21 years of age can carry harsh consequences. The statute provides a possible sentence of up to six months in jail. Also, a conviction may result in the loss of one's driver's license for 180 days. This is a charge that must be taken seriously. See the Louisiana statute below.
A. It is unlawful for any person under twenty-one years of age to purchase or have public possession of any alcoholic beverage.
B.(1) Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.
(2) Any person apprehended while violating the provisions of this Section shall be issued a citation by the apprehending law enforcement officer, which shall be paid in the same manner as provided for the offenders of local traffic violations.
(3) In addition to the penalties provided in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, the driver's license of any person violating the provisions of this Section may be suspended upon conviction, plea of guilty, or nolo contendere for a period of one hundred eighty days. Upon conviction, plea of guilty, or nolo contendere, the court shall surrender the driver's license to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections for suspension in accordance with the provisions of this Section. Upon first conviction, the court may issue an order which authorizes the department to issue a restricted driver's license upon a demonstration to the court that a hardship would result from being unable to drive to school or work. Such restrictions shall be determined by the court.
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