It is illegal in the state of Maryland for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol. But how is this enforced?
Arrests for UCOA
Police gather evidence to support a charge of underage consumption of alcohol in several ways. A minor can be charged with underage consumption of alcohol (or UCOA) for either having a BAC of .02 or higher or by being in possession of alcohol.
For example, if police arrive at a party with underage individuals, law enforcement may decide to administer portable breath tests to the attendees—anyone who blows a .02 or higher can be charged with UCOA.
You can also be charged if police see you in possession of alcohol, or if you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI and blow at or above a .02.
Defending an Underage Consumption Charge
Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible to have the charge of UCOA reduced or to mitigate the consequences. The best way to protect your future is by fighting this charge aggressively as soon as possible. Schedule a free review of your case with Robinson and Associates today.