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The DC Code: § 25-1002 Purchase, possession or consumption by persons under 21; misrepresentation of age; penalties.

Index25 Alcoholic Beverage Regulation (Refs & Annos)
a
No person who is under 21 years of age shall purchase, attempt to purchase, possess, or drink an alcoholic beverage in the District, except as provided under subchapter IX of Chapter 7.
b
(1) No person shall falsely represent his or her age, or possess or present as proof of age an identification document which is in any way fraudulent, for the purpose of purchasing, possessing, or drinking an alcoholic beverage in the District.
2
No person shall present a fraudulent identification document for the purpose of entering an establishment possessing an on-premises retailer's license, an Arena C/X license, or a temporary license.
3
For the purpose of determining valid representation of age, each person shall be required to present to the establishment owner or representative at least one form of valid identification, which shall have been issued by an agency of government (local, state, federal, or foreign) and shall contain the name, date of birth, signature, and photograph of the individual.
c
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (4)(D) of this subsection, any person who violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be subject to a fine and suspension of driving privileges as follows:
A
Upon the first violation, a fine of not more than $300 and suspension of driving privileges in the District for 90 consecutive days;
B
Upon the second violation, a fine of not more than $600 and suspension of driving privileges in the District for 180 days; and
C
Upon the third and each subsequent violation, a fine of not more than $1,000 and suspension of driving privileges in the District for one year.
2
In lieu of proceeding to trial or disposition under paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Mayor shall offer persons who are arrested, or criminally charged by information, for a first or second violation of this section, the option of completing a diversion program authorized and approved by the Mayor. The Mayor shall determine the content of the diversion program, which may include community service and alcohol awareness and education. If the person rejects enrollment in, or fails to comply with the requirements of, or fails to complete within 6 months, the diversion program, he or she may continue to be prosecuted in accordance with paragraph (1) of this section. The Mayor, may, at his discretion, decline to offer diversion to any person who has previously been convicted of, any felony, misdemeanor, or other criminal offense.
3
As a condition to acceptance into a diversion program, the Mayor may request that the person agree to pay the District, or its agents, a reasonable fee, as established by rule, for the costs to the District of the person's participation in the program; provided, that:
A
The fee shall not unreasonably discourage persons from entering the diversion program; and
B
The Mayor may reduce or waive the fee if the Mayor finds that the person is indigent.
4
(A) Upon the expiration of 6 months following the date of a conviction or a dismissal of a proceeding, or upon the expiration of 6 months following the date of arrest if no information was filed, any person who was arrested for, or criminally charged by information with, any offense under this section may petition the court for an order expunging from the official records all records relating to the arrest, information, trial, conviction, or dismissal of the person; provided, that a nonpublic record shall be retained by the court and the Mayor solely for the purposes of conducting a criminal record check for persons applying for a position as a law enforcement officer or determining whether a person has previously received an expungement under this subsection.
B
The court shall grant the petition described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph if the petitioner has no pending charges for and has not been convicted of, any other felony, misdemeanor, or other criminal offense and if any fine imposed as a result of a conviction under this section has been paid; provided, that the court may grant the petition described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph if, other than a conviction for a misdemeanor under this section, the petitioner has no pending charges for, and has not been convicted of, any felony, misdemeanor, or other criminal offense.
C
Except as provided by this subsection, the effect of an expungement order shall be to lawfully restore the person receiving the expungement to the status he or she occupied before the arrest or information described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph. No person for whom an expungement order permitted by this subsection has been entered may be held thereafter, under any provision of law, to be guilty of perjury or otherwise giving a false statement by failing to recite or acknowledge such arrest, information, trial, conviction, or dismissal for which the order permitted by this paragraph has been entered. The expungement of such records shall not relieve the person of the obligation to disclose such arrest, information, trial, conviction, or dismissal in response to a direct questionnaire or application for a position as a law enforcement officer.
D
No person under the age of 21 shall be criminally charged with the offense of possession or drinking an alcoholic beverage under this section, but shall be subject to civil penalties under subsection (e) of this section.
6
Failure to pay the fines set forth in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall result in imprisonment for a period not exceeding 30 days.
7
The Metropolitan Police Department may enforce provisions of this section by issuing to a person alleged to have violated this section a citation under § 23-1110(b)(1). The person shall not be eligible to forfeit collateral.
d
Repealed.
e
(1) In lieu of criminal prosecution as provided in subsection (c) of this section, a person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the following civil penalties:
A
Upon the first violation, a fine of not more than $300 and the suspension of driving privileges in the District for 90 consecutive days;
B
Upon the second violation, a fine of not more than $600 and the suspension of driving privileges in the District for 180 days; and
C
Upon the third or subsequent violation, a fine of not more than $1,000 and the suspension of driving privileges in the District for one year.
2
ABRA inspectors or officers of the Metropolitan Police Department may enforce the provisions of this subsection by issuing a notice of civil infraction for a violation of subsections (a) and (b) of this section in accordance with Chapter 18 of Title 2. A violation of this subsection shall be adjudicated under Chapter 18 of Title 2.
3
(A) In lieu of or in addition to the civil penalties provided under paragraph (1) of this subsection, as a civil penalty, the Mayor may require any person who violates any provision of this section to complete a diversion program authorized and approved by the Mayor. The Mayor shall determine the content of the diversion program, which may include community service, and alcohol awareness and education.
B
As a condition to acceptance into a diversion program, the Mayor may request that the person agree to pay the District, or its agents, a reasonable fee, as established by rule, for the costs to the District of the person's participation in the program; provided, that:
i
The fee shall not unreasonably discourage persons from entering the diversion program; and
ii
The Mayor may reduce or waive the fee if the Mayor finds that the person is indigent.

Historical and Statutory

D.C. Law 13-298 amended and enacted into law Title 25 of the District of Columbia Official Code. The text of this section is derived from provisions formerly found in D.C. Code § 25-130. Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 25-1002. 1973 Ed., § 25-130. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 14-42 validated the previously made technical correction in subsec. (e)(2). D.C. Law 15-187 designated the existing text of subsec. (c) as subsection (c)(1); and added par. (2) of subsec. (c). D.C. Law 15-220 rewrote subsecs. (c) and (e), and repealed subsec. (d), which had read: "(c)(1) Any person under 21 years of age who falsely represents his or her age for the purpose of purchasing, possessing, or drinking an alcoholic beverage shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined for each offense not more than $300; provided, that in default in the payment of the fine, the person shall be imprisoned for a period not exceeding 30 days. "(2) Officers of the Metropolitan Police Department may enforce provisions of this section by issuing to a person alleged to have violated this section a citation under § 23-1110(b)(1). The person shall not be eligible to forfeit collateral. "(d) In addition to the penalties provided in subsection (c) of this section, any person who violates any provision of this section shall be subject to the following penalties: "(1) Upon the first violation, his or her driving privileges in the District shall be suspended for 90 consecutive days; "(2) Upon the second violation, his or her driving privileges in the District shall be suspended for 180 days; and "(3) Upon the third violation and each subsequent violation, his or her driving privileges in the District shall be suspended for one year." "(e)(1) As an alternative sanction to the misdemeanor penalties provided in subsection (c) of this section, a person who violates subsection (a) or (b) of this section shall be subject to the following civil penalties: "(A) Upon the first violation, a penalty of $300; "(B) Upon the second violation, a penalty of $600; and "(C) Upon the third and subsequent violations, a penalty of $1,000 and the suspension of his or her driving privileges in the District for one year. "(2) ABRA inspectors or officers of the Metropolitan Police Department may enforce the provisions of this subsection by issuing a notice of civil infraction for a violation of subsections (a) or (b) of this section in accordance with Chapter 18 of Title 2. A violation of this subsection shall be adjudicated under Chapter 18 of Title 2." D.C. Law 17-353, in subsec. (c)(4)(C), substituted "this paragraph" for "paragraph (4) of this paragraph". Temporary Amendments of Section Section 2 of D.C. Law 13-165 rewrote subsec. (b), and added subsecs. (d) and (e), to provide: "(b)(1) No person shall falsely represent his or her age, or possess or present as proof of age an identification document which is in any way fraudulent, for the purpose of procuring or consuming an alcoholic beverage in the District. "(2) No person shall present a fraudulent identification document for the purpose of entering a class C or D licensed ABC establishment in the District. "(3) For the purposes of determining valid representation of age, each person shall be required to present to the ABC licensed establishment owner or representative at least one form of valid identification, which shall have been issued by an agency of government (local, state, federal, or foreign) and shall contain the name, date of birth, signature, and photograph of the individual.". "(d)(1) As an alternative sanction to the misdemeanor penalties provided in subsection (b-1) of this section, any person who violates subsection (b)(1) or (b)(2) of this section shall be subject to the following civil penalties: " "(A) Upon the first violation, a penalty of $300; "(B) Upon the second violation, a penalty of $600; and "(C) Upon the third and subsequent violations, a penalty of $1,000 and the suspension of his or her driving privileges in the District for one year. "(2) ABC inspectors or officers of the Metropolitan Police Department may enforce the provisions of this subsection by issuing a notice of civil infraction for a violation of subsection (b)(1) or (b)(2) of this section, pursuant to the Civil Infractions Act. Adjudication of any infraction of this subsection shall be pursuant to the Civil Infractions Act.". "(e) The Board shall, within 60 days of the effective date of the Underage Drinking Emergency Amendment Act of 2000, promulgate regulations for the implementation and administration of the provisions of the Underage Drinking Emergency Amendment Act of 2000.". Section 5(b) of Law 13-165 provides that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect. Emergency Act Amendments For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 2(d) of the Underage Drinking Emergency Amendment Act of 1994 (D.C. Act 10-236, April 28, 1994, 41 DCR 2601). For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 2 of the Underage Drinking Emergency Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-351, June 5, 2000, 47 DCR 5028). For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 2 of the Underage Drinking Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-412, August 14, 2000, 47 DCR 7287). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 6(g) of Technical Amendments Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-108, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7622). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Alcoholic Beverage Penalty Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-493, August 2, 2004, 51 DCR 8787). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Alcoholic Beverage Penalty Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-625, November 30, 2004, 52 DCR 1127). For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Alcoholic Beverage Penalty Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-34, February 17, 2005, 52 DCR 3020). Legislative History of Laws For D.C. Law 13-298, see notes following § 25-101. For legislative history of D.C. Law 6-178, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 25-781. For legislative history of D.C. Law 10-12, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 25-753. For legislative history of D.C. Law 10-122, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 25-785. Law 11-187, the "Alcoholic Beverage Underage Penalties Amendment Act of 1996," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 11-606, which was referred to the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on June 19, 1996, and July 3, 1996, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on July 22, 1996, it was assigned Act No. 11-340 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 11-187 became effective on April 9, 1997. For Law 14-42, see notes following § 25-120. For Law 15-187, see notes following § 25-101. Law 15-220, the "Alcoholic Beverage Penalty Act of 2004", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 15-823, which was referred to the Committee on Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on July 13, 2004, and September 21, 2004, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on October 4, 2004, it was assigned Act No. 15-529 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 15-220 became effective on March 16, 2005. For Law 17-353, see notes following § 25-113. DC CODE § 25-1002 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Jan. 24, 1934, 48 Stat. 335, ch. 4, § 30; Feb. 24, 1987, D.C. Law 6-178, § 2(c), 33 DCR 7654; Sept. 11, 1993, D.C. Law 10-12, § 2(d), 40 DCR 4020; May 24, 1994, D.C. Law 10-122, § 2(j), 41 DCR 1658; Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-187, § 2, 43 DCR 4515; May 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-298, § 101, 48 DCR 2959; Oct. 26, 2001, D.C. Law 14-42, § 6(g), 48 DCR 7612; Sept. 30, 2004, D.C. Law 15-187, § 101(gg), 51 DCR 6525; Mar. 16, 2005, D.C. Law 15- 220, § 2, 51 DCR 9603; Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-353, § 189, 56 DCR 1117.)