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Underage Consumption 2018-04-30T19:15:37+00:00

Underage Consumption

The consumption of alcohol by a person under the age of twenty-one (21) is prohibited by Tennessee law. Underage consumption is one of the few offenses that can be expunged from your record just six (6) months after the violation date as a matter of Tennessee law. Most expungements cannot occur until the case is disposed of, if dismissed, or five (5) years after the disposition for a guilty plea.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 57-3-412 says:

It is unlawful for any person under the age of twenty-one (21) years to have in such person’s possession or to consume any intoxicating liquor or beer for any purpose, whether the same be possessed or consumed in a dry county or a wet county. It is unlawful for any person under twenty-one (21) years of age to transport any intoxicating liquor or beer for any purpose, whether the same be transported in a dry or wet county; provided, that this section shall not be construed as prohibiting any person eighteen (18) years of age or older from transporting, possessing, selling or dispensing intoxicating liquor or beer in the course of such person’s employment. For purposes of this subdivision (a)(3), “beer” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 57-6-102.

Underage consumption is a class A misdemeanor.

It is not uncommon for college students who get charged with underage consumption, to also get contacted by the school’s disciplinary office. When choosing an criminal defense attorney, it is important to know I have experience working with the student disciplinary office at the University of Tennessee. You do not want to do anything to compromise the education you are paying so much for and working so hard to get.

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