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When is it illegal for a person to purchase alcohol in Arizona?

It is not unusual for teenagers in Arizona to experiment with alcohol. They may wonder what it tastes like and how it will affect them. Some may be urged to drink due to peer pressure, while others may seek out alcohol out of curiosity. However, if a person under the legal drinking age is caught trying to purchase or obtain alcohol by other means, they could find themselves in legal hot water.

Under Arizona law, if an individual is under 21-years-old, but claims through the use of a written instrument of identification that they are age 21 or older and has the intention to induce someone to sell, serve or provide them with alcohol, this is a class one misdemeanor. If an individual is under 21-years-old and persuades another individual to buy, sell or provide them with alcohol, this is a class three misdemeanor. Finally, if an individual is under 21-years-old and uses a fake ID or the ID of another individual to gain access to a bar or other establishment licensed to serve alcohol, this is a class one misdemeanor.

As this shows, it is illegal for those under 21 to try to purchase or by some other means obtain alcohol. Teenagers may think that underage drinking is no big deal and that everyone does it, but, in fact, it is against the law. Therefore, it is important for teenagers to understand the consequences of using a fake ID to buy alcohol or convincing an older person to buy it for them.

Teenagers sometimes make mistakes, but that is part of growing up. What is unfortunate is that if they run afoul of the law, it could affect their entire futures. Teenagers who have been caught breaking the law, whether it involves underage drinking or some other crime, should make sure they understand the charges they face and what defenses they have at their disposal. Those who find themselves facing these charges should contact a juvenile defense attorney who can help them craft the best defense possible.

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