If I was admitted to a hospital for alcohol poisoning and I’m a minor will the police be contacted and issue me a citation for underage drinking?

During the night no police were involved either at the hospital or at the party and that was confirmed by the receptionist at the hospital. Would I be in the clear since I handled the issue at the hospital without the police or could they file a citation without an officer being on the scene? Friends in similar situations have told me that they never received anything from the police. I’m 20 years old.

Asked on January 2, 2012 under Criminal Law, Maryland

Answers:

Russ Pietryga / Pietryga Law Office

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I would be suprised if you got charged under these circumstances.  Usually, someone has to make a complaint for the police to get involved.  In your case, the police would have a hard time gathering any evidence against you. 

Specifically, they would need to get a warrant.  Since time has passed, I cannot see a judge granting a warrant.  Regardless, the delay has made the case near impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

If you are ever interviewed regarding this incident make sure you have an attorney before you speak to anybody.  Hope this helps.


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