The North Carolina Department of Public Safety Alcohol Law Enforcement has a zero tolerance policy on underage drinking. Most people know that it is illegal for a minor to possess or consume any alcohol, and underage drinkers in North Carolina face a fine of over $200 if they are caught.
But there are additional juvenile crimes associated with underage drinking that can have particularity serious consequences, including using a borrowed, fake or altered identification to procure alcohol, or driving while under the influence of alcohol. Minors may also lose their driving privileges and face an arrest record that could affect their schooling or jobs. Although these charges should all be considered serious, they may be addressed in a way that will not ruin someone's life.
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