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Laws for 18 Year Olds

By Edited Mar 9, 2016 0 0

The laws for 18 year olds have not changed in years. The laws pertain to drinking, driving, voting and the Selective Service as well as a few other areas. Before you start jumping for joy because you are now 18 years old, you should know what you can do and what you cannot do what can happen if you break one of the laws governing 18-year-old adults.

Voting

You can now vote for local and national politicians. You must have a driver's license or ID card displaying your legal name and age. You can register at your local clerk of courts office or at another office specific to your community voting guidelines.

Drinking

If you were able to drink with your parents under the age of 18 years old, you may not be able to now that you are 18 years old. You cannot enter a licensed event or establishment and drink even if your parents accompany you unless you still live in their home (allowed in some states). If you are caught drinking any alcohol, you will lose your drivers license for a period determined by the courts.

Gambling

Even though you are able to vote whether or not a casino can be built in your community, you are not allow in a casino until you reach the age of 21 years old. Anyone caught entering a casino illegally will face criminal charges.

Driving

A person that turns 18 years old and has a driver's license is responsible for his or her own insurance if they are not included on a parent's policy. Any accidents that cause injury revert to you and not your parents. You are responsible for any offenses and can be charged as an adult for any offenses. Drunken driving arrests will result in a loss of license and alcohol counseling.

Crimes

Once you turn 18 years old, you are considered an adult and can face adult charges for any crime you commit. This includes buying alcohol for other 18 year olds with a fake ID or retail theft. The fines and jail time for adults committing criminal offenses are higher than they are for those under the legal age of 18 years old.

Selective Service

A male turning the age of eighteen must register with the Selective Service. Although there is no draft as of 2009, all males still must register or face jail and/or fines. You must update your name changes or address changes until you are the age of 26 years old.

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