Minor in Possession of Alcohol in NH
NH RSA 179:10 Unlawful Possession and Intoxication
New Hampshire law prevents any person under the age of 21 from possessing or consuming alcohol. This law is known as NH's "Minor in Possession of Alcohol", Underage Intoxication", or "Internal Possession" law. And, although it may be known by many names, the message is clear—zero tolerance for minors who possess or consume alcohol in NH.
A Minor convicted of underage possession of alcohol or intoxication faces a myriad of fines and penalties. A first offense carries a minimum $300 fine, up to a $1,000 fine. In addition to the statutory fine, prosecutors or judges will often refer the minor to an alcohol education or alcohol awareness class. Of significant importance, and not explicitly set-forth in RSA 179l10, is the additional penalty of loss of license.
NH RSA 263:56-b "Revocation or Denial for Drugs or Alcohol Involvement" authorizes revocation of the driver's license or privilege to drive of any minor convicted of possessing alcohol or controlled drugs in New Hampshire. A first time conviction may result in a minimum of 90 days and up to a maximum of 1 year loss of license. A second conviction may result in a 6 month to 2 year loss of license.
If you have been charged as a minor in possession of alcohol in NH, it is important to immediately consult with a NH criminal defense attorney who can review your alcohol related charge and discuss your best course of action. The NH criminal defense attorneys at Tenn AND Tenn, P.A., in Manchester have significant experience defending minors charged with alcohol possession. Many of our clients are students at NH's boarding schools and colleges. We are here to help.
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