Raleigh Underage Offenses Lawyer
Charged with an underage offense in the state of North Carolina? It could cost you opportunities in your future. There are several different kinds of offenses that, if convicted, can shatter the future of a young adult. High school and college students can face their own consequences if accused of crimes like disciplinary hearings leading to suspension and expulsion in addition to other consequences on top of criminal penalties. Educational and career opportunities and advancement can be halted by a criminal conviction, so reach out for legal representation as soon as possible. If you’ve been charged with underage drinking, alcohol possession or any other crimes listed below, it’s important to hire an experienced Raleigh underage offenses lawyer.
Protect Your Future Possibilities
Typical underage offenses include:
- Traffic offenses
- Speeding ticket
- Open container violations
- Underage drinking
- Marijuana possession and other drug crimes
- Drug sales and distribution
- Underage DWI or Driving After Consuming Under the Age of 21
- Use of a fake ID
- Purchasing, providing, or sale of alcohol to underage persons
I have extensive experience managing these kinds of charges through District Court. If you are still in school and charged with one of these crimes, you may even face prison time in addition to specific school punishments. While it is unlikely that the State will seek to imprison an underage person, that option is there and it could have significant ramifications for your future. Many of these charges can also lead to suspension of your driver’s license.
Allowing Use of Fake ID
It is against the law for any person to allow the use of that person’s driver’s license or other form of identification of any sort by any other person who attempts to purchase, possess or consume alcohol if that second individual is under the age of 21.
Use of Fake ID
It’s against the law to enter a place where alcohol is sold or consumed or to attempt to enter such a place if you are under the age of 21. Your driver’s license can be revoked for up to 1 year and you can be punished under a Class 1 misdemeanor facing up to 120 days in jail, fines, community service, and court costs.
Driving After Consuming Alcohol Under 21 Years Old (aka Provisional DWI)
If you are under the legal drinking age of 21 and facing DWI charges, you could receive fines, community service, loss of your driving privileges, or jail time. This can be the case even if you have only taken a few of sips from an alcoholic beverage. It’s important to be aware of the evidence used in these kinds of cases, as the odor of alcohol is not enough for a conviction. If charged, you should have completed a field sobriety test. While you have the right to refuse the DWI test, thus giving the police little to no evidence against you, your license will be suspended. If the charges are ultimately dropped, you will keep a clear record. Contact an attorney right away so that you are clear about your rights.
Providing Alcohol to Underage Persons
If you provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21, you can lose your license for up to 1 year and face the consequences of a Class 1 misdemeanor, including 120 days in jail, community service, and fines.
Possession, Purchase of Consumption of Alcohol by Anyone Less Than 21 Years Old
If you are under 19 years of age, this could be a Class 1 misdemeanor, but for someone who is 19 or 20 years old you can be charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor. If the violation occurs when you are trying to purchase alcohol, the DMV can revoke your driver’s license. Hiring an underage alcohol possession lawyer in Raleigh is important.
Aiding and Abetting Possession, Purchase, or Consumption
If you are at or above lawful age, you can be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor and face jail time and a revoked driver’s license. If you are underage, this can be pursued as a Class 2 misdemeanor with jail time and a revoked license as well.
Aiding and Abetting Providing/Giving Alcohol to Underage Persons
If you are at or above the lawful age, you can be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. If you are under the lawful age to purchase alcohol you can be found guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. Both of these charges carry possible jail time and license suspension.
To schedule an initial consultation with an experienced underage offense Lawyer in Raleigh, please contact us.
Click the following links to learn more about Driving After Consuming Under the Age of 21 (Underage DWI) or the First Offenders Program for Alcohol Offenses.