If you are charged with underage drinking in Raleigh, it is imperative that you retain a Raleigh lawyer who specializes in underage drinking and alcohol possession.
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 I see people charged with that results in a permanent 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, so that a permanent conviction does not occur on one’s record.
Additionally, certain alcohol related offenses can have severe and lasting consequences. A conviction of an alcohol offense such as: 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 scenarios which 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.
Other cases where you should consult with a Raleigh underage drinking and alcohol possession lawyer 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 underage drinking and alcohol possession 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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