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Minors Can be Charged with Furnishing Alcohol to Other Minors!

In what can only be described as a strange glitch under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, minors can be charged with furnishing alcohol to other minors! Not only is such a scenario possible, it happens all the time to Penn State students. To add insult to injury, the minor in question will also be charged with "purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of malt or brewed beverages," pursuant to 18 Pa.C.S.A. 6308(a), better known simply as "underage drinking." A furnishing alcohol to minors conviction carries a mandatory $1,000 fine for each minor served, and a permanent criminal record, while an underage drinking conviction carries a mandatory driver's license suspension, even if the situation had nothing to do with driving.