Lawyer For Under Age Drinking Charges In Central Ohio
One of the most common charges for young people is underage alcohol consumption and/or possession. Knowing that it’s common, however, does not help that young person facing punishment in court and a tarnished record. If you hope to avoid these consequences, contact a criminal defense attorney that regularly handles these types of cases.
Various Charges For Under Age Drinking
This offense is known by multiple titles, including “underage alcohol consumption”, “underage alcohol possession”, “prohibition”, “underage intoxication”, “offense involving underage persons”, and “certain acts prohibited”. The law essentially prohibits people under age 21 from purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcohol. The law also makes it illegal for underage persons to be under the influence of alcohol in a public place.
Enforcement Of Under Age Drinking Laws
Law enforcement has little tolerance for underage drinking. If you are caught possessing or consuming alcohol in public, expect the law to be enforced, even on college campuses. For example, there is increased police presence and strict enforcement of underage drinking laws on the days of O.S.U. football games. Other universities have similar programs on their campuses that include violations found in the homes of sororities and fraternities.
Punishment For Under Age Drinking Violations
Sentencing for these offenses includes a potential jail term up to six months, alcohol counseling, community service, probation, and a criminal record. However, many courts operate diversion programs that result in cases being dismissed and eligibility to have records sealed (“expunged”).
Representation For Underage Drinking
I have represented many clients charged with underage drinking offenses in Columbus, Ohio and the central Ohio area. Many of my clients have had their cases dismissed and their records sealed. If you would like to discuss how I can help, Contact Attorney Shawn Dominy.
Also see: Underage DUI / OVI