The consumption of alcohol is often tempting to individuals under the legal drinking age, who may feel they are missing out on the fun and excitement of a night out. Sometimes teenagers in Utah will attempt to use another individual’s identification to purchase alcohol. However, there can be serious legal consequences for doing so.
Under Utah Code section 32B-1-403, it is illegal for an individual to use another individual’s ID in order to purchase alcohol, get into a restricted area such as a club with an age limit, or be employed in work that legally may not be done by a minor. Moreover, it is also illegal for one person to give another person his or her ID to enable the other person to do those things.
Violations of this law can range from a Class B misdemeanor for a first-time violation to Class A misdemeanor if it is a second violation. On a third or subsequent violation an individual can be fined as much as $5,000 and have to perform community service, among other penalties. For a high school or college student, there can be additional nonjudicial consequences like being dismissed from a sports team or losing a scholarship.
As this shows it’s just not worth it to try to use unlawful means to obtain alcohol if you are underage. However, should individuals be in a position where they are being accused of illegally purchasing alcohol, they may want to consider enlisting the help an attorney who can explain what their rights are and can advocate for their interests.