Your Rights When Caught Drinking Alcohol in Public as a Teenager

Updated on Monday 20th March 2017

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Youngsters under 18 years old are forbidden to purchase and consume alcohol, especially if it’s made in public places. There are several conditions imposed to teenagers regarding the consumption of alcohol in particular circumstances, and if caught by the police while drinking alcohol, you might face special fines and penalties. If you find yourself in this situation, we strongly recommend you to ask for help and guidance from our defence solicitors in London.

What happens if the police stop you while drinking alcohol in public?

People under 18 are not allowed to sell alcohol, drink alcoholic beverages in public, including bars or restaurant without adult supervision. The police have the right to arrest a youngster who consumes alcohol in public. When in police custody, the teenager needs to ask for legal assistance and also for his parents or tutors. It is best not to make any declarations in front of the police officers until a solicitor in London receives the case and analyzes the conditions and circumstances of the arrest. We remind that our lawyers in London are ready to offer complete information and legal assistance if you have been arrested when drinking alcohol beverages in public.

Rules regarding alcohol consumption under proper supervision in UK

In accordance with the laws in the UK, any teenager of 16 or 17 accompanied by his/her parent in a public place like a bar or a restaurant, can drink, but not purchase a beer or a glass of wine. As for the youngsters who want to work in a restaurant where alcohol is served, this is according to the law if the bar manager or owner supervises this kind of sale. The alcohol will only be served as a drink in a menu, not separately. There are areas in the UK were teenagers under 18 are allowed to work in bars or restaurants if they do not sell sealed alcohol bottles.

Make sure to contact our team of criminal defence solicitors in London for additional information about your rights when caught drinking alcohol in public.

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