For your sake, please make good choices about the use of alcohol and drugs. Such decisions ought to be respectful of one self and community values regarding other people and property. It is a crime for a person under the age of 21 years to drive, operate or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while consuming alcoholic beverages or after having consumed alcoholic beverages while there is physical evidence of the consumption present in the person's body. The legal impact of choices about alcohol and drugs that violate the law can have serious and permanent career consequences. Programs in the Personal and Professional Development Center, Residential Programs, Student Activities and Campus Ministry support such learning.
Following is information from regional attorneys and judges who deal with the legal consequences of violations.
The DWI (DUI) law prohibits driving of a motor vehicle on a roadway or private property while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance or when the person has a blood alcohol concentration at 0.08 or above. A first time offense is a fine of about $400; second time, $1,000 and up to three weeks in jail. In addition to the criminal charge, the individual's driver's license is suspended for up to one year with a $200 license reinstatement fee, required participation in a DWI clinic at a cost of about $75 and note of conviction and suspension on the individual's driving record. If the individual is under 21 years of age, it is unlikely that he can get insurance; over 21, the insurance with one DWI would be increased by at least $15 a month, two DWIs $50 a month and a DWI with an accident, $100 a month if even insurable. Negotiated DWIs or unwillingness to take a breath test are usually considered as evidence of high risk by insurance carriers. A minor with a first DWI has a very difficult time getting insurance at any cost until reaching 25 years old (see also DUI/DWI; Alcohol, J-Book).
It is a crime for a person under the age of 21 years to drive, operate, or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while consuming alcoholic beverages, or after having consumed alcoholic beverages while there is physical evidence of the consumption present in the person's body.
The state shall suspend for a period of 90 days the license of a person who:
A first time penalty of about $110 for displaying or having a fictitiously or fraudulently altered driver's license or for using another person's driver's license or to use the name and date of birth of another person or to use a fictitious name or date of birth to any police officer.
A $200 fine for misrepresenting oneself, gives a fictitious name or false date of birth to a peace officer engaged in a lawful investigatory stop or arrest. It is a gross misdemeanor to give another's name and date of birth to a peace officer with the intent of obstructing justice.
Intentional damage to the property of another is criminal. If in excess of $500 the charge is a felony; between $500 and $250, a gross misdemeanor; under $250 a misdemeanor.
To possess or consume alcoholic beverages under 21 years of age entails a typical first time penalty of about $150.
Various degrees of criminal sexual assault can be charged where there exist non-consensual conduct or where the victim is under a physical disability such as intoxication. Intercourse is not required to be charged. Offenses are a felony. Typical sentences range from six months in a county jail to several years at a state prison. Second Degree (MSA 609.343); Third Degree (MSA 609.344); Fourth Degree (MSA 609.345)
Note: Violations of the above Minnesota statutes are at least misdemeanors which, if convicted, give the person a permanent criminal record. Some implications of a criminal record include probable difficulties securing employment or acceptance in graduate school and the easy resolution of any subsequent offense.