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    Question What is the Punishment for a Minor Caught With Liquor

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Tennessee. Just last night, I was pulled over with my friend in the car because I had a headlight out and my tags were expired. He asked to search my car and I let him so I wouldn't be on his bad side. He found 2 cases of alcohol that my friend, who is 21, just bought an hour ago. However, in my backpack I had a small, opened bottle of vodka. Now, the bottle was basically completely full and I'll tell you the story behind it. I got it from my same friend so I could try it but I took literally 2 sips of it 3 weeks before the incident occurred and I hated it and it made me gag so I was giving it to my friend who is in the car with me. I just want to know punishments a 19 year old can face when this is my first offense and only one or two sips were gone and I was in the middle of returning it to my friend who is 21. Please help, I'm kind of freaking out a little.

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    Default Re: What Punishments Am I Facing in Tennessee

    What were you charged with?

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    Default Re: What Punishments Am I Facing in Tennessee

    If you were charged with TCA 57-3-412, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, it is a Class A Misdemeanor.

    Punishments include:

    A sentence of up to 11 months, 29 days in jail;
    A probationary period;
    A fine of up to $2,500;
    A one-year loss of driver's license; and
    Court costs.

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    Default Re: What Punishments Am I Facing in Tennessee

    I was charged with 57-4-204

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    Default Re: What Punishments Am I Facing in Tennessee

    Try again. 57-4-204 is a procedural thing about pornography. Was it 205 (alcohol vaping)?

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    Default Re: What is the Punishment for a Minor Caught With Liquor

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    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Tennessee. Just last night, I was pulled over with my friend in the car because I had a headlight out and my tags were expired. He asked to search my car and I let him so I wouldn't be on his bad side.
    That's a really bad reason to let a police officer search your car.

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    Default Re: What Punishments Am I Facing in Tennessee

    My bad, I meant 57-4-203. Someone said he had the same charges in TN when he was underage and he got probation for a year, 24 hours of community service, and had to go to drug and alcohol classes for a few weeks.

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