November 2006

CHAPTER 106. Provisions Relating to Age

Section 106.01.   Definition

Section 106.02.   Purchase of Alcohol by a Minor

Section 106.025. Attempt to Purchase Alcohol by a Minor

Section 106.03.   Sale of Alcohol to a Minor 

Section 106.04.   Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor (MIC)

Section 106.041. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by Minor (Texas DUI)

Section 106.05.   Possession of Alcohol by a Minor (MIP)

Section 106.06.   Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor; Purchase of Alcohol for a Minor

Section 106.07.   Misrepresentation of Age by a Minor

Section 106.071. Punishment for Alcohol-Related Offense by a Minor

Section 106.08.   Importation by a Minor

Section 106.09.   Employment of Minors

Section 106.10.   Plea of Guilty by a Minor

Section 106.115. Attendance at Alcohol Awareness Course; License Suspension

Section 106.116. Reports of Court to Commission

Section 106.117. Report of Court to Department of Public Safety

Section 106.12.   Expungement of Conviction of a Minor

Section 106.13.   Sanctions Against Retailer

Section 106.14.   Actions of Employee

Section 106.15.   Prohibited Activities by Persons Younger Than 18

Section 106.041. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by Minor

(a) A minor commits an offense if the minor operates a motor vehicle in a public place while having any detectable amount of alcohol in the minor’s system.

(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), an offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.

(c) If it is shown at the trial of the defendant that the defendant is a minor who is not a child and who has been previously convicted at least twice of an offense under this section, the offense is punishable by:

(1) a fine of not less than $500 or more than $2,000;

(2) confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or

(3) both the fine and confinement.

(d) In addition to any fine and any order issued under Section 106.115, the court shall order a minor convicted of an offense under this section to perform community service for:

(1) not less than 20 or more than 40 hours, if the minor has not been previously convicted of an offense under this section; or

(2) not less than 40 or more than 60 hours, if the minor has been previously convicted of an offense under this section.

(e) Community service ordered under this section must be related to education about or prevention of misuse of alcohol.

(f) A minor who commits an offense under this section and who has been previously convicted twice or more of offenses under this section is not eligible for deferred disposition or deferred adjudication.

(g) An offense under this section is not a lesser included offense under Section 49.04, Penal Code.

(h) For the purpose of determining whether a minor has been previously convicted of an offense under this section:

(1) an adjudication under Title 3, Family Code, that the minor engaged in conduct described by this section is considered a conviction under this section; and

(2) an order of deferred disposition for an offense alleged under this section is considered a conviction of an offense under this section.

(i) A peace officer who is charging a minor with committing an offense under this section is not required to take the minor into custody but may issue a citation to the minor that contains written notice of the time and place the minor must appear before a magistrate, the name and address of the minor charged, and the offense charged.

(j) In this section:

(1) "Child" has the meaning assigned by Section 51.02, Family Code.

(2) "Motor vehicle" has the meaning assigned by Section 32.34(a), Penal Code.

(3) "Public place" has the meaning assigned by Section 1.07, Penal Code.