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Underage Drinking Violations

The city of Pittsburgh, located in western Pennsylvania, has a large population of, college and high school aged, people. The population of young people flourishes with a number of colleges and universities located in the downtown Pittsburgh an surrounding areas. These numbers give a better probability to your son or daughter engaging in underage drinking or underage DUI. In a recent study of people 12-20 years old:

29.4% had a drink in the last 30 days*
18.1% binge drank in the past 30 days*
Many of the decisions made in our youth can affect how things work in our future. When your child or young adult is faced with a underage drinking violation or has been accused of driving while intoxicated, it is important to make sure they have an attorney who concentrates on defending your child and protecting their future from the mistakes and misunderstandings of their youth. The laws that govern underage drinking are tough and have serious consequences for 1st time offenders. Driving privileges can be lost and drivers licenses suspended before your legally licensed to drive.

**Section 6308 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18) states, “A person commits a summary offense if he/she, being less than 21 years of age, attempts to purchase, purchases, consumes, possesses or knowingly and intentionally transports any liquor or malt or brewed beverages”.


Penalty 1st Offense 2nd Offense Subsequent
Fine 0-$300 0-$500 0-$500
Jail 0-90 days 0-90 days 0-90 days
License Suspension 90 days 1 year 2 years


If you are the parent of a child, college aged youth, or young adult accused of a underage drinking related offense, the criminal defense attorneys at Joyce & Bittner focus on defending youth accused of underage drinking related charges in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We also address drivers license suspensions that have resulted from an underage drinking charge.

Contact our Pittsburgh criminal law offices for a free consultation now!

Call us at 412-281-9919 or 1-800-299-5530.

*source: 2009 FBI Uniform Crime Report
**source: Pennsylvania Crimes Code – Title 18 and the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code – Title 75, and Title 30

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