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Just how pervasive is underaged drinking around graduation time?

Many students are often in festive moods as they celebrate finishing high school and begin their foray into adulthood. Although it may be illegal to do so, this marks a time in which many underage individuals may consume alcoholic beverages.

Drunk driving as a Pennsylvania teen

Driving while having some amount of alcohol in your system is never a good idea. When a person over the age of 21 is found to be driving while their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 percent or higher, he or she will likely have his or her driver's license suspended for a minimum of six months.

Where Pennsylvania stands on underage drinking

It is generally illegal in all of the United States for those under the age of 21 to consume alcohol. However, there are exceptions to this law in 45 states. These exceptions to the rule very widely; therefore, it is important for everyone, especially those under the age of 21 and their parents, to fully understand the alcohol consumption laws in the state that they are in.

The penalties associated with underage drinking

An underage drinking conviction comes with more severe punishments than you might immediately assume. A basic underage drinking charge is not considered a misdemeanor or felony in Pennsylvania, but it is what is referred to as a non-traffic summary offense. As such, it can result in the suspension of your drivers' license, stiff fines and even jail time.

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