Underage Drinking

How an Underage Drinking charge can affect your record?

In Pennsylvania, a charge of Underage Drinking can be located on a public government database.  When a student is charged with Underage Drinking, the citation and hearing is filed and heard before a Magisterial District Court in Pittsburgh.  The particular docket sheet of the case can be found on the database http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/MDJ.aspx.

Many of the background search companies upload the database and either provide the information for free on their site or sell it to subscribers.   Now, many of the Internet background search companies upload the entire database from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), so the company has the records of all persons charged in Pennsylvania before a specific request is made.

The government records may be expunged or removed from the government databases in the future, but the charges remain in the databases of the background search companies. This means that an expungement of the government records may not prevent a prospective employer from discovering the offense.  

The best way to keep an Underage Drinking charge from appearing on criminal background searches is to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can.  The more quickly that an Underage Drinking charge is expunged from the government’s database, the less likely that it is to be obtained by the private Internet background search companies and thereby be disclosed to prospective employers.

The minimum penalties for underage drinking are as follows:

• A fine of up to $500 plus court costs.

• A 90-day suspension for the first offense.

• A one (1) year suspension for the second offense.

• A two (2) year suspension for the third and subsequent offenses.


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