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Individual Facing Charges for Providing Alcohol to Minor Involved in DUI Crash

Underage drinking and driving is a crime that law enforcement takes very seriously. Pennsylvania is a zero tolerance state, and anyone under the age of 21 that has a blood alcohol content of 0.02 can be arrested for DUI. The penalties for a conviction can be very severe, and can lead to many other consequences for the person that is convicted.

Once an arrest is made, law enforcement will want to look at how the minor received the alcohol. Providing alcohol to a minor can bring charges for the adult supplier, and police will aggressively investigate each case in an effort to discourage others who may attempt to do this in the future.

A Pennsylvania woman was recently charged with supplying alcohol to a minor after an accident between a vehicle and an Amish buggy. The minor who was driving was found to be above the 0.02 limit, and was arrested for DUI. During the investigation, officers discovered who provided the alcohol.

Officers went to the suspect's house to search for evidence, but did not have a warrant. A Pennsylvania State Trooper went into the suspect's garage, and flipped open a recycling bin. In the bin, the officer discovered beer cans that were believed to be relevant to the investigation. The woman did not give the officer consent to search the garage. She was not home at the time the officer was on her property.

The woman challenged the evidence that was submitted by police. A judge agreed that this evidence was unlawfully obtained, because the garbage was still inside the woman's garage. The beer cans were excluded from the case. The matter is still ongoing, and prosecutors will have other evidence they can use at trial.

Source: SharonHerald.com "Beer cans tossed from case" Joy Leiker, August 30, 2012.

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