The legal drinking age in Oregon is 21. Minors, people younger than 21, cannot legally possess or drink alcohol, unless in the presence of their parents or legal guardians within a private home. When a minor who is in possession of alcohol (without a guardian and/or outside of the home) is questioned by a police officer, the officer may charge that young person with the crime of “minor in possession,” a class B violation of Oregon statute ORS 471.430. This charge can affect driving privileges, result in high fines, and remain on a criminal record for years to come. If you are charged with Minor in Possession, it is important to immediately retain an experienced criminal defense attorney to avoid the compounding of consequences.