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New Legislation Signed by Governor Will Affect Driving Privileges of Underage Offenders

Act 95 of 2018 was recently signed into law and will be effective on April 21, 2018.

By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney, Harrisburg, PA

Currently, those who are underage are subject to a 90 day license suspension for the possession, consumption, or transportation of an alcoholic beverage.  However, the new law has amended this particular section and several other sections, including the Vehicle Code, Crimes Code, and Amusements to remove the federally mandated drivers’ license suspensions for drug/controlled substance convictions as well as the state-imposed suspensions for other crimes, including:

  • Purchasing or attempting to purchase tobacco by a minor;
  • Misrepresentation of age to secure alcoholic beverages by any person under 21 years of age;
  • Underage purchase, consumption, possession, or transportation of alcoholic beverages; and
  • Carrying a false ID card by any person under 21 years of age.
  • The possession, sale, delivery, offering for sale, holding for sale or giving away any controlled substance under the laws of the U.S. or Commonwealth.

The only crime that will have a license suspension, other than existing statutory offenses that are not listed above, will be the commission of a terroristic threat against or on school property or transportation.

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