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Underage Drinking Question

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3 Police officers showed up at a small apartment party that was I was at in Champaign, Illinois. They asked who had been drinking. I was maybe a little too cooperative when I told the officer that I had a few sips (few sips=seriously less than a mouthful!) to try the taste of a certain beer 2 hours before the police had arrived. The officer said I would not get a ticket. Later when his sergeant arrived, the sergeant told him to issue a ticket to me. I made several attempts to obtain a breath-a-lizer from the officers because I know I did not have any alcohol in my body, but they denied my requests.

Was it legal for them to deny my requests for a breathalizer? And also, is there a minimum consumption, because, then any little 10 year old who's mother lets him have a sip would also recieve a ticket. Also the ticket they gave me said for alcohol possession, when of course I had nothing in my possession! Any advice?


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You don't mention your age. If you are between the ages of 18 and 20, you can be cited for any consumption of alcohol, even taking a sip as you have discovered. For those 17 and under, an adult would most likely be cited for supplying alcohol to a minor. The officers did not have to give you a breathylizer test, you admitted to underage drinking.

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