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Transcript of Alcohol Laws
Persons may not drive while under the influence of alcohol. If a police officer has reasonable grounds to believe a person is driving under the influence, a breathalyzer test may be given. The driver has the right to refuse to take the test, but this will result in automatic loss of license for a period of 120 days. Young adults and others under the age of 21 could be jailed for 30 days for a second conviction of possession of alcohol. No consumption of alcohol would be necessary to be convicted and serve essentially a month in jail.
A person over 21 years of age may not buy alcohol for a person less than 21 years of age, unless their relationship is that of parent and child or husband and wife, and even in those situations liquor must be bought at a package liquor store
It is unlawful for a person under 21 years of age knowingly to drive a car with alcohol in it unless accompanied by a parent No person shall falsely represent his or her age, or possess or present as proof of age an identification document which is in any way fraudulent, for the purpose of purchasing, possessing, or drinking an alcoholic beverage in the District.
1. use of a false ID is a criminal offence. These provisions typically require evidence of alcohol in the minor's body, but do not require any specific evidence of possession or consumption. Internal possession laws are especially useful to law enforcement in making arrests or issuing citations when breaking up underage drinking parties. Internal Possession Under Age Possession of Alcohol False Representation of Age