Underage Drinking Could Impair Your Child's Future

Movies, music and TV all glamorize drinking to our kids. But the media rarely discuss the penalties an underage individual could face if arrested.

If arrested and convicted of an underage drinking offense, it could have a serious impact on your child's future. A record may follow your child around for years and impact his or her driving record. Additionally, his or her license may be suspended, making it difficult to get to school or work.

At Markowitz O'Donnell, LLP, we represent children and college students who have been charged with underage drinking offenses in Mercer County. Our underage drinking defense attorneys have more than 20 years of experience handling these types of cases and defending the futures of underage offenders.

Protect your child's future. Contact our law firm to speak with an experienced lawyer about your situation.

Minor Consumption Laws and Penalties in New Jersey

Several laws prohibit underage drinking in New Jersey. Our lawyers represent individuals under the age of 21 who are facing charges for:

  • Purchasing alcohol
  • Possession of a fake ID and misrepresentation of age
  • Drinking in public

Underage drinking offenses are disorderly persons offenses, a misdemeanor, which are handled in municipal court. These typically carry a minimum $500 fine and a mandatory six-month suspension of the individual's license.

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense, even if you are a minor. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is greater than .01 and .08, it could result in the loss of your license, community service and participation in an alcohol education program. Additionally, the higher your BAC, the more penalties you could face.

If you or your child has been charged with an underage drinking offense or DWI, turn to our firm for knowledgeable advice and skilled representation. We will perform a thorough review of the facts and search for any possible weaknesses in the prosecution's case. With cases involving minors and underage offenders, we also take advantage of every opportunity to use alternatives to sentencing such as rehabilitation and community service.

Contact Our Defense Firm

We provide a strong defense against a wide range of criminal charges, including underage drinking. To speak with an experienced lawyer about your case, contact us online or call 609-482-3138 or toll free at 866-437-1189.