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What kind of consequences will come of a minor transporting alcohol but not consuming it?

Collinsville, IL |

What will happen if a minor has alcohol (in an unopened/original container) placed in the trunk of his/her car? Even if the minor has not consumed any alcohol, and there is no one else in the car, will driving privileges still be revoked? ALSO, if the minor is currently on supervision for a traffic violation and this happens, will repercussions be worse?

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  1. It is illegal to transport any alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle unless the liquid is in its original container and the seal is unbroken. A second or subsequent conviction of this section will generally result in a substantial driver's license suspension. A driver under 21 years of age who is convicted of this section will also generally receive a driver's license suspension for a first offense.The best outcome for a person facing such a charge is to convince the prosecution to dismiss the case. This takes an experienced attorney so hire one. Proof about what is open and where (trunk) is critical in your case.


  2. Negative impact on one's driving privileges especially if under the age of 21. The best approach is to retain a counsel attempting to dismiss if the case circumstances are favorable.

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  3. If there is any disposition on the case as charged the minor will lose his/her license for a period of time. An attorney may be able to get the charge amended which would prevent a loss of license. Madison County has a diversion program for first offenders that if completed successfully will also prevent a loss of license as long as he/she qualifies.

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