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Alabama classifies public intoxication as a “violation.” Violations carry a maximum jail sentence of 30 days and fine of no more than $200. (Ala. Code §§ 13A-5-7, 13A-5-12, 13A-11-10) It is also illegal to use or attempt to use a fake driver’s license to obtain or attempt to obtain any kind of alcohol. Violators will be issued a fine ranging from $50 to $500 and face up to 3 months in jail. In addition, the Department of Public Safety will suspend the person’s driver’s license for 3 to 6 months and charge a reinstatement fee of $275. Most first-time offenders receive probation and are ordered to perform community service. Minors convicted of these charges can request “youthful offender status.” If the court grants the request, the conviction will not appear on the minor’s criminal record. So this is your best course of action along with retaining an attorney. Fortunately, for a first time offense, he will likely get no more than fines and community service and if granted “youthful offender status” (which is likely), it will not go on his permanent record.
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