Even if the police seemingly caught you red-handed, you should strongly consider hiring an attorney. While underage drinking tickets are not considered criminal offenses in Wisconsin, they still carry serious penalties. A first offense may result in a driver’s license suspension of 30 to 90 days, and the suspension for subsequent offenses could be as long as one year. Underage drinking tickets also appear on your driving record, may impact your auto insurance rates, and could result in the loss of scholarships or other penalties from your school, including loss of athletic eligibility or being evicted from a dormitory. While choosing to pay the fine may seem like the simplest option, remember that there are possible consequences beyond the fine, so do not take action without consulting with an attorney first.