Training & Technical Assistance

Alcohol Violations and Consequences

In order to better understand how the problem of underage drinking can affect an individual, we’ve put together this list of possible offenses and their correlating consequences. These excerpts are taken from the Pennsylvania Crimes Code - Title 18 and the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code - Title 75 and Title 30 relating to the operation of boats. Complete copies of these codes can be found in public libraries.

Please keep in mind that as of September 30, 2003, Pennsylvania law stipulates that .08% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is the legal limit for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions for adults over 21; for minors under 21, .02% is the legal limit.

Click here for more information; updated 11-1-03

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to provide legal advice, but rather is provided for informational purposes only.

Title 18 - Pennsylvania Crimes Code
5505

Public Drunkenness

Section 5505 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code (Title 18)

A person is guilty of a summary offense if he appears in any public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol... to the degree that he may endanger himself or other persons or property, or annoy persons in his vicinity.

 

Penalty 1st Offense
Fine 0-$300
Jail 0-90 days
6307

Misrepresentation of age to purchase liquor or malt or brewed beverages

6308

Purchase, consumption, possession, or transportation of liquor or malt or brewed beverages by a minor

6309

Representing to liquor dealers that a minor is of age

6310

Inducement of minors to buy liquor or malt or brewed beverages

6310.1

Selling or furnishing liquor or malt or brewed beverages to minors

6310.2

Manufacture or sale of false identification card

6310.3

Carrying a false ID

6310.7

Selling or furnishing nonalcoholic beverages to persons under 21

7513

Restriction on alcoholic beverages


Title 75 - Pennsylvania Vehicle Code
1543

Driving while operating privileges suspended or revoked

1547

Chemical testing to determine amount of alcohol or controlled substance

3718

Minor prohibited from operating with any alcohol in system

3735

Homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence

3735.1

Aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence

3802

Driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance

7726

Operation in safe manner


Title 30 - Operation of Boats
5502

Operating watercraft under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance

5502.1

Homicide by watercraft while operating under the influence