If you are charged with the crime of underage drinking in Raleigh, it is important that you retain a Raleigh lawyer who has experience in handling underage drinking and alcohol possession charges.
Underage alcohol possession and consumption of alcohol are both misdemeanor offenses that are commonly referred to as “underage drinking” N.C.G.S § 18b-302. Underage drinking is one of the most frequent offenses, that we see people charged with that results in a conviction on their record, because they were misinformed or misadvised about the applicable laws. In most cases, underage possession of alcohol and underage consumption of alcohol can be negotiated out, to resolve with a dismissal avoiding a conviction on one’s record.
Possession of Fake ID
A conviction possessing a fake ID or altered ID to obtain alcoholic beverages, attempting to obtain alcoholic beverages, or gain entry to an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold or consumed are just some legal charges which may result in a suspension of your driver’s license for up to a year by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV). Further, the mere possession of a fake ID or altered ID, once discovered by law enforcement, may lead to further investigation and potential felony charges. It is important to have an experienced lawyer guide you through the system if you are charged with one of these crimes.
Other Alcohol Related Cases
Other cases where you should consult with a lawyer experienced in underage drinking and alcohol possession include:
- If you are of legal age and you give alcohol to someone underage you are guilty of committing a class 2 misdemeanor.
- Allowing the use of your driver’s license by someone underage to purchase alcohol or gain entry to an establishment for the purpose of buying or consuming alcohol, is not only a criminal offense, but upon conviction NC DMV may suspend your license for up to a year.
Convictions of underage possession of alcohol, underage consumption of alcohol, or purchase of alcohol underage can have severe consequences when you use a fake ID or altered ID. That is why it is important to have an experienced Raleigh lawyer, knowledgeable of all the applicable alcohol laws, to guide you through the process, protect your rights, and safeguard you from any NC DMV suspensions.
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Edd K. Roberts III is a board certified criminal defense attorney in Raleigh that specializes in criminal law. As a former prosecutor for Wake County, he knows what it takes to defend you against all kinds of criminal charges ranging from a misdemeanor DWI to a serious felony such as Homicide.