CHANGES TO LAW WILL HOPEFULLY ENCOURAGE UNDERAGE DRINKERS TO CALL FOR HELP – Business and Professions Code Sections 25658, 25662, and 25667

By: Wallin & Klarich

The California legislature passed a law in 2010 that provides immunity from prosecution to underaged drinkers who report an alcohol-related emergency. The bill was proposed in light of the tragic deaths among minors that resulted due to alcohol poisoning that went untreated because of an unwillingness to seek medical attention.

This immunity from criminal prosecution for illegally possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages is intended to provide protection to underaged drinkers (under the age of 21) so that they would be more inclined to report incidents of alcohol poisoning. However, this immunity would only be granted to the original callers who remained at the scene until the authorities arrived.

California now joins Colorado, New Jersey, and Texas in adopting a “911 Immunity” law that will allow underaged drinkers to call for help without fear of legal repercussions.

If you are in need of legal representation due to an alcohol-related incident, you need the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have been practicing for over 30 years and will diligently work on your behalf to best ensure that your rights are aggressively represented. Call us today at 888-749-0034 or visit us online at We will be there for you when you call.

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