STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES
|Alcohol and the law|
You have a responsibility to follow the laws of your city, state, and nation. If you fail to live up to that responsibility, you may face certain penalities. This section describes the potential legal consequences of committing an alcohol-related criminal offense.
Underage Consumption, Purchasing or Possession of Alcohol
Providing Alcohol to an Underage Person
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI)
|Underage Consumption, Purchasing or Possession of Alcohol|
The legal drinking age in Ohio for consumption of an alcoholic beverage is 21 years old. Anyone purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcohol prior to their 21st birthday is guilty of a first degree misdemeanor. The maximum penalties associated with this offense are 6 months imprisonment or a $1,000 fine or both A 20 year old student, therefore, risks being imprisoned and fined when he decides to drink alcohol at a party or elsewhere.
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|Providing Alcohol to an Underage Person|
Similarly, a person who furnishes alcohol to an underage person is guilty of a first degree misdemeanor. The maximum penalties associated with this offense are 6 months imprisonment or $1,000 fine or both. A social host, there fore, risks being fined and imprisoned when he furnishes alcohol to a person he knows or should know is not 21 years of age.
Possession or display of a fictitious operator's license is a first degree misdemeanor. The offense includes mere possession of a fictitious license or display of someone else's valid operator's license. The maximum penalties for this offense are 6 months imprisionment or a $1000 fine or both. Moreover, the fictitious operator's license is utilized to purchase alcohol or enter an establishment that serves alcohol, the minimum fine must be at least $250.00 and the person displaying the fictitious operator's license may have his valid operator's license suspended for 3 years.
Likewise, disorderly conduct while intoxicated is a minor misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of a $100.00 fine.
Disorderly conduct occurs when one recklessly causes inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to another due to offensive conduct.
|Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI)|
In Ohio, a person may not operate a motor vehicle if he is impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. The maximum penalties for operating a vehicle while under the influence are 6 months imprisonment(mandatory 3 days in jail) or a $1,000 fine or both. In addition, the operator must forfeit his driving privileges for 6 months.
It is illegal to possess in public an open container of alcohol. If convicted of this offense, the maximum penalty is a $100.00 fine. Consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle is a fourth degree misdemeanor with maximum penalties of 30 days imprisonment or a $250.00 fine or both.