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Legal Immunity and Underage Drinking

21 is the legal drinking age in Tennessee and all 50 states. When underage individuals are caught purchasing, possessing, or drinking alcohol, they can face serious consequences under the law, including fines, probation, and even jail time. This is why some minors try to hide the fact that they have been drinking at all costs.

In some situations, minors have neglected to call 911 or tell a trusted individual that someone might need medical attention after drinking too much. They fear that if they call the authorities, they could be arrested for underage consumption.

To ensure that minors get proper treatment for alcohol poisoning, most states provide legal immunity for a good Samaritan who calls 911. In these states, someone will not be prosecuted for underage drinking if they call for help for themselves or others. However, do not assume that every state provides such immunity, as the following states do NOT provide legal immunity for underage drinking in this situation:

If you call the authorities and you have been engaging in underage alcohol possession or consumption, there is a chance that you could be arrested. However, it is important to ensure people have the medical care they need, so never ignore a possible case of alcohol poisoning. The good news is that not every case of underage drinking will be prosecuted, and if you do face charges, there are ways to defend against them.

It is important to note that the rules are not the same for drug overdoses, as Tennessee does have a Good Samaritan law that gives legal immunity to individuals who seek naloxone due to a heroin overdose.

Underage Drinking Laws in Tennessee

Tennessee prohibits underage individuals from possessing, purchasing, or consuming alcohol in almost every situation. You may assume that it is legal for a parent to allow a 20-year-old minor to have a glass of wine with dinner in their own home, though this is not the case in Tennessee. The only exceptions to the underage drinking prohibition are:

Outside of the above situations, minors under 21 can face Class A misdemeanor charges for alcohol violations, and parents may even face criminal charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor. A minor in possession conviction can have many consequences, including:

Discuss Your Case with a Murfreesboro Underage Drinking Defense Attorney Today

At Dotson & Taylor, we do not want young people to fail to seek necessary medical attention after drinking. Our criminal defense lawyers know how to fight against underage drinking charges and work for the best possible outcome in each and every case. Please call 615-890-1982 or contact us online as soon as possible.