§93.12. Purchase and public possession of alcoholic beverages; exceptions; penalties
A. It is unlawful for any person under twenty-one years of age to purchase or have
public possession of any alcoholic beverage.
B.(1) Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be fined not more than
one hundred dollars.
(2) Any person apprehended while violating the provisions of this Section shall be
issued a citation by the apprehending law enforcement officer, which shall be paid in the
same manner as provided for the offenders of local traffic violations. A citation issued by
a law enforcement officer for such violation shall not be included on the person's criminal
(3) In addition to the penalties provided in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, the
driver's license of any person violating the provisions of this Section may be suspended upon
conviction, plea of guilty, or nolo contendere for a period of one hundred eighty days. Upon
conviction, plea of guilty, or nolo contendere, the court shall surrender the driver's license
to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections for suspension in accordance with the
provisions of this Section. Upon first conviction, the court may issue an order which
authorizes the department to issue a restricted driver's license upon a demonstration to the
court that a hardship would result from being unable to drive to school or work. Such
restrictions shall be determined by the court.
Acts 1995, No. 639, §1; Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 78, §1; Acts 2005, No. 165,
§1; Acts 2016, No. 354, §1.