Teens and the Law

Zero Tolerance Law
In Washington State if you are under the age of 21, you don’t even have to be buzzed to be busted. On your first offense with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .02-.07 percent you could lose your license for 90 days. Get caught again and you could lose your license until you’re 21.
 

GavelMIP or Other Alcohol Violations = Lose Your Driver’s License
If you’re between the ages of 13 and 17, any alcohol or firearm offense could result in the loss of your driver’s license for one year, or until you are 17, whichever is longer. This includes Minor in Possession (MIP) and/or Consumption of Alcohol (MIC). (RCW 66.44.270 and RCW 10.31.100).
 

Fake ID’s
Having a fake ID may seem fun at first, until you get caught with it. Consider these facts in Washington State:

  • It is illegal (misdemeanor) in Washington State to possess an ID not belonging to you. (RCW 66.20.200)
    • Minimum Fine: $250, with a maximum of $1000.
    • Up to 90 days in jail.
    • If community restitution is required, a minimum of 25 hours community service.
       
  • Checking IDIt is illegal (misdemeanor) for any person to give or loan his ID to another person for the purpose of purchasing alcohol. (RCW 66.20.200)
    • Minimum Fine: $250, with a maximum of $1000.
    • Up to 90 days in jail.
    • If community restitution is required, a minimum of 25 hours community service.
       
  • Thinking about making your own fake ID’s? It is a gross misdemeanor for any person to forge, alter, or manufacture false identification to supply to persons under 21. (RCW 66.44.328)
    • Minimum fine: $2,500.
    • Up to one year in jail.
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