Wed, 08/29/2012 - 1:36pm -- admin
Hello  My wife and I just moved to Texas from Minnesota and she recently applied for a job and was far a long in the process but her job offer was denied because she answered no to the have you been accused of a felony or misdemeanor. The said this was incorrect because she plead guilty to  underage consumption. Is that considered a misdemeanor? I received two minors when I was in college and have never had a problem and I\'ve held jobs with large companies that would have definitely completed a background check on me.  I just want to know if it is really considered a misdemeanor and if it is how long would it be on her record?  Thanks and I appreciate any help you can give us!

Is a minor consumtion considered a misdemeanor charge in Minnesota and how long is it on your criminal record?

Minn. Stat. sec 340A.503, subd. 1(a)(2) states, "It is unlawful for any: ... person under the age of 21 years to consume any alcoholic beverages."

Minn. Stat. sec 340A.503, subd. 1(a)(2) states, "It is unlawful for any: ... person under the age of 21 years to consume any alcoholic beverages."

Minn. Stat. sec. 340A.703 defines this as a misdemeanor stating, "Where no other penalty is specified a violation of any provision of this chapter is a misdemeanor. A minimum fine of $100 must be assessed against a person under the age of 21 years who violates section 340A.503." Strictly speaking, this is what the statute says; however, there may be exceptions that apply to your (or your wife's case). Therefore, it would be wise to consult with legal counsel specifically on your case to determine your legal options and/or legal status.

Moreover, your case may be treated differently under Texas laws, which may or may not be the proper legal analysis for your case - it may depend on a number of circumstances. Further, in Minnesota and/or Texas you may be able to seek an expungement of your (or your wife's) misdemeanor record or obtain legal relief in a way that will minimize the effect of having a criminal record.. Thus, all may not be lost, and you may have legal options available to you.