Spring break is finally here! It’s time to cut loose, forget all about your studies, and have a good time.
While there’s nothing wrong with relaxing and enjoying yourself, don’t forget that you’re not allowed to drink alcohol until you’re at least twenty-one years old. If you choose to ignore this, an underage drinking charge won’t just ruin your spring break, it will also have a negative impact on your life over the next few years.
It doesn’t matter if you’re pulled over for speeding or if the cops show up at a party, if your blood alcohol content is over .05 and you’re under twenty-one, you’ll find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
For the record, a single beer is all it takes to put you over .05.
The days when an underage drinking charge resulted in a difficult phone call to your parents and some community service time are long over. California lawmakers have decided to crack down on underage drinking during spring break.
The first time you get caught drinking while you’re underage, the potential consequences are:
U.S. citizens who reside in the United States can receive a letter in the mail that summons them to serve on a jury. This is called jury duty. If selected to serve on the jury you’ll listen to a court case and use what you learned during the trial to decide if the defendant is guilty or not guilty.
Who is Eligible for Jury Duty?
In California, there are some people who aren’t required to respond to a jury duty summons. People who are exempt include:
Residents who aren’t U.S. citizens
Anyone under the age of 18
Anyone who demonstrates that they don’t have a strong enough grasp of the English language to adequately understand/discuss the details of the case
Anyone who has been convicted of a felony and not yet had their civil rights restored
Anyone who lacks the ability to care for themselves and is under a conservatorship
Anyone who has received a jury duty summons within the last 12 months