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Underage Drinking Disposition

If you have received a ticket for a zero tolerance, possession of drugs or possession of drug paraphernalia, and you are under the age of twenty-one, you have three options. Note that all of the information contained below is for first-time offenders. If the Park Ridge Police Department issued a ticket or tickets to you for the same violation that has already been adjudicated, the amounts of the fines below and the drug/alcohol assessment program will be different.


  1. Pay the $1,000 fine plus $40.00 in court costs. Plead guilty or no contest to the charge and pay a fine of $1,000 and court costs of $40.00. The City will report this conviction to the Secretary of State for alcohol violations.
  1. Attend Drug/Alcohol Education and Counseling Program
  • You must attend and complete one of the drug/alcohol assessment programs by the deadline set by the order and complete all education and treatment recommendations.
  • You must provide the Court with documentation from one of the listed agencies that you completed the assessment/education/recommendations. If you select this option, the fine will be reduced to $140 ($100 plus $40 in court costs). You must also pay the cost of the assessment/program.
  • Your case will be continued for two months. If the Administrative Adjudication Division receives notification that you successfully completed the assessment/program by the deadline the ticket will be dismissed at the hearing date. You must authorize that the program be allowed to provide the City of Park Ridge with written verification that you successfully completed the program.
  1. Contest the Ticket

If you decide to contest the ticket, the Hearing Officer, will hold a hearing regarding your ticket. If you are found liable by the Hearing Officer, you will be fined $1,000 for the first offense. The City will report this conviction to the Secretary of State for alcohol violations.


Available Programs

The following assessment programs are available for your consideration. All of these programs are accepted by District 207. Parents are required to participate for high school students. Parents are not required to attend for college age students. Attached is detailed information, including contact information for each program. A brief summary is listed below.


1131 S. Dee Road

Park Ridge, IL 60068


The MCYAF Options program is a six- hour program offered from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturdays. Students attend the entire session and parents are required to join their child in the second part of the course.

Costs: $250 plus $140 ($100 fine and $40 court costs)

*This program is only available students enrolled in Maine Township High School District 207.


PEER Services

3633 W. Lake Avenue, Suite 305                          906 Davis Street     

Glenview, IL  60026                                              Evanston, IL 60201

847-657-7337                                                        847-492-1778

FACTS is a six-hour program, held on two evenings over a two-week period. The first three-hour session is for the student and the second three-hour session is for students and parents.

Costs: $195 plus $140 ($100 fine and $40 court costs)



2010 E. Algonquin Road, Suite 207

Schaumburg, IL  60173


The Awareness program is typically held on the first full week of the month on Monday and Thursday. Students and parents participate for a total of five and one-half hours.

Costs:  $170 plus $140 ($100 fine and $40 court costs)


Omni Youth Services

1111 W. Lake Cook Road

Buffalo Grove, IL  60089


The RESPONSE program is held on a consecutive Monday and Tuesday for a total of six hours. At least one parent must attend both sessions.

Costs: $210-$320 plus $140 ($100 fine and $40 court costs)


Alcohol Violations

If you decide to contest your ticket and the Hearing Officer finds you liable for a zero tolerance, underage drinking or underage possession of alcohol violation or if you decide to plead guilty or to plead no contest and pay the fine for any of those offenses, the City is required to report that conviction to the Secretary of State pursuant to a law that went into effect on January 1, 2008 and your driver’s license will be suspended. Alternatively, if you agree to complete one of the drug/alcohol education and counseling programs, the City will treat the matter as a deferred prosecution and will dismiss the matter if the selected option is completed by the deadline.


Second Offenses

The City Prosecutor will discuss these options with the respondent.


College Students/Away from Home

If you are attending a college/university outside the Chicagoland metropolitan area, you may complete the assessment at a certified program at the college/university. All of the programs listed will validate alternate programs at your college or university. Some programs may require a fee for this.


City of Park Ridge Contact

Administration Department, City Hall, (847) 318-6721

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