Torrington, Connecticut
355 Prospect St.
Torrington, CT 06790
(860) 482-4451

A Guide to Minor in Possession Laws in Connecticut May 13, 2019

Torrington, Litchfield
A Guide to Minor in Possession Laws in Connecticut, Torrington, Connecticut

It’s not uncommon for teens to experiment with drugs and alcohol. However, that doesn't mean doing so has no consequences. Even if your teen never gets behind the wheel while under the influence, they could get in serious trouble just for being in possession of alcohol. If your child is facing charges for minor in possession, seek legal advice; there is a lot at stake. In the meantime, here’s what all parents should know about the offense.

Short-Term Penalties

In the state of Connecticut, possessing alcohol, drugs, or paraphernalia in public or on private property is illegal for those under the age of 21. Offenders can be cited for violating this law regardless of whether they are in or near a motor vehicle at the time of the incident.

While a conviction for minor in possession is neither a misdemeanor nor a felony—in Connecticut, a first offense is classified as an infraction—it still carries serious penalties. For example, some penalties include a license suspension that lasts 30 days if the minor is found on private or public property, 60 days if they have alcohol on a street or highway, and 60 days if they are found with marijuana anywhere. If they don’t already have a license, they will be prohibited from obtaining one for 150 days. 

Long-Term Consequences

legal adviceUnfortunately, the penalties for minor in possession crimes tend to burden parents more than the actual offender. For example, parents are forced to drive their teen everywhere until their license is restored.

They may also have higher auto insurance premiums. A conviction will go on your teen’s driving record, which the insurer has access to when calculating your family’s rates, so seek legal advice if your child has been cited. While letting them handle the repercussions may seem like a fair punishment, such penalties will have more serious effects than you’d think. 


If your teen has been charged with minor in possession, turn to The Law Offices of Conti, Levy and Salerno, LLC. for legal advice. Located in Litchfield County, CT, this firm offers a broad range of services. Led by two seasoned partners who have 75 years of combined experience in the field, they know how to resolve even the most complicated legal issues. To get legal advice from a criminal defense attorney, call (860) 482-4451 or contact them online

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from The Law Offices of Conti & Levy
3 Tips for Choosing the Right Divorce Attorney, Torrington, Connecticut
Divorce tends to be a difficult and emotional experience, and anyone going through a marital split likely needs the right divorce attorney to keep the legal side of things more
What to Know About Adoption in Connecticut, Torrington, Connecticut
Adoption is a beautiful way to grow a family, but the procedure can be enough to deter even the most determined individuals. With help from a seasoned family law attorney, more
3 Common Types of Family Law Cases, Torrington, Connecticut
Family law cases can result in emotional legal proceedings because they involve people who share deep connections. When family members are unable to resolve disputes, they can turn more
Your Questions About Expungement, Answered, Torrington, Connecticut
A criminal conviction doesn’t just result in immediate penalties; it carries consequences that can affect you for decades. Having this black mark on your record may make it more
A Quick Guide to Alimony, Torrington, Connecticut
When a married couple gets a divorce, a judge or court may award something called alimony. Alimony is spousal financial support that is separate from the division of property and is more