My question involves juvenile law in the State of: In Alabama, mere possession of alcohol by a minor is a crime. It appears that 2 state statutes cover the offense. Section 28-1-5 carries a penalty of $25 - $100 fine and possibly 30 days confinement. Section 28-3A-25 carries a penalty of $50-$500 fine, possibly 6 months confinement, and a mandatory suspension of driver's license (even if the minor was not in a vehicle). Further, it appears that both statutes are used...depending on which county you happen to be charged in. My question is....how can 2 state laws with dramatically different penalties cover the exact same offense (mere possession)?