What is the law?

What is the law?

In Louisiana, it is unlawful for any person under 21 years of age to purchase or have public possession of any alcoholic beverage. Public possession includes possession on the streets and highways.

A violation of this provision results in a fine of no more than $100.00; however, additional long-term penalties may apply:

  • The offender shall be issued a citation by the apprehending law enforcement officer. This citation is paid in the same manner as a local traffic violation

  • The driver's license of an offender may be suspended for a period of 180 days.


Upon the first conviction, the court may issue an order authorizing a restricted driver's license. To qualify for a restricted license, the individual must demonstrate to the court that a hardship would result from the individual's inability to drive to school or work. Such restrictions are within the discretion of the court.

Unlawful purchase of alcoholic beverages by persons on behalf of persons under twenty-one:

It is unlawful for any person (other than a parent, spouse, or legal guardian) to purchase any alcoholic beverage on behalf of a person under 21 years of age.

A violation of this provision results in a fine of no more than $500.00, imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both.

  • The driver's license of an offender may be suspended for a period of 180 days.


Upon the first conviction, the court may issue an order authorizing a restricted driver's license. To qualify for a restricted license, the individual must demonstrate to the court that failure to possess a license would result in the deprivation of the necessities of life, or prevent the offender from earning a livelihood. Such restrictions shall be determined by the court.

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If you or someone you love is currently facing criminal charges related to minors in possession of alcohol, contact The Norris Law Group. Call(318) 771-7000 for a confidential consultation today.