What are the penalties for underage possession of alcohol?

Underage possession of alcohol is a Class 1 misdemeanor. A Class 1 misdemeanor carries a possible fine of up to $2,500 and/or a sentence of up to 12 months in jail. If convicted, the court shall order you to pay a mandatory minimum fine of $500 or perform a mandatory minimum of 50 hours of community service as a condition of supervised probation. If guilty, your license to operate a motor vehicle in the commonwealth shall also be suspended for a period of not less than six months, and not more than one year. Upon a demonstration of hardship, the court may authorize the use of a restricted permit to operate a motor vehicle, if convicted. 

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