Although underage drinking is defined as a misdemeanor offense under Virginia criminal law, the penalties can be severe, even for first-time offenders. This is especially true if a charge of DUI is involved. More importantly, underage drinking charges can affect other aspects of a child's life that they may not even think to consider.
Families and minors who are concerned about the damaging legal repercussions of underage drinking should seek out Ronald E. Smith, P.C. to learn more about how to confront these charges and protect their future. For more than 28 years, we have been counseling minors and their families about underage drinking penalties and the best way to minimize the adverse effects an underage drinking charge or conviction can have on your record and your life.
Contact us online or by telephone at 703-539-5825 to speak with a knowledgeable Fairfax, Virginia, criminal defense lawyer at the law offices of Ronald E. Smith, P.C., today.
The possession of alcohol by a minor can result in any of the following consequences:
- Driver's license suspension
- Juvenile probation
- Community service
- Enrollment in an alcohol-abuse program
When you hire our attorneys to defend you, we will delve into the specifics of the situation that led to the underage drinking charges. We will see if the minor's rights were violated in any way, including if their constitutional rights were violated. Our defense will focus on minimizing the legal impact of their actions. We will also seek to minimize how this incident may affect their future, including their ability to retain financial aid or remain in a dormitory if they are in college.
If you are facing criminal allegations associated with underage drinking, we are prepared to stand up for your rights. Contact us today online or by telephone at 703-539-5825 to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. For your convenience, we offer free initial telephone consultations.