Minnesota law prohibits young people from performing certain activities that adults are allowed to do and imposes penalties for such conduct. Minnesota law also requires young people to do certain things in order to protect their welfare. The rationale behind these laws is that, due to the harmful nature of the activity and the immature judgment of young people, it is necessary to place stricter controls on youths than adults.

  • Purchase and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
  • Driving after Consuming Alcoholic Beverages
  • Use or Purchase of Tobacco or Tobacco-related Devices
  • Possession of a Pistol or Assault Weapon
  • Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of an Assault Weapon in a Public Place
  • Possession or Use of Tear Gas
  • Possession or Use of Electronic Incapacitation Device
  • Curfew Ordinances
  • Gambling
  • Violent Video Games
  • Driving While Talking on Cell Phone or Texting

Juvenile Offenses Services

Tobacco Use

No minor may possess, use, purchase, or attempt to purchase tobacco or tobacco-related devices such as cigarette papers or pipes. Repeat violations are subject to increased penalties. A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a number of juvenile court dispositions, including probation, fine, and loss of driver’s license or driving privileges. Minn. Stat. §§ 609.685; 260B.235; 171.171

Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages

No person under 21 years of age may purchase alcoholic beverages or possess or consume alcoholic beverages at a place other than his or her parent’s home.

Underage DUI

In Minnesota, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.