The Serious Nature Of Underage Drinking Charges
Underage consumption is a serious offense. Anyone under the age of 21 should be aware of the consequences they can face and how a charge can significantly harm their future.
Why You Need Experienced Attorneys
The lawyers at Michael K. Allen & Associates have decades of experience representing underage individuals facing alcohol consumption charges in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio. Facing misdemeanor charges can be scary – we are here to help you understand your rights.
We know how prosecutors and judges view these charges. Underage drinking is taken very seriously. We will prepare a strong defense after evaluating all factors in your case to determine what steps to take to find the best outcome for you.
Underage Consumption Charges
Individuals under the age of 21 who are caught drinking alcohol can face a misdemeanor underage alcohol consumption charge. This is a first-degree misdemeanor offense in Ohio. Individuals can face a sentence of up to 180 days or six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. You may also be required to attend alcohol counseling and perform community service.
Minors in possession of alcohol can also face charges, even if they did not consume any alcohol. Individuals can be charged with additional offenses, such as disorderly conduct, depending on the incident.
The police and prosecutors do not take these charges lightly. Neither should you.
We have represented high school and college students in the area who have been caught at parties where alcohol was served. Even though you may think you can just pay a fine and forget about it, that is not the case. It is vital to work with an underage drinking attorney to protect yourself and everything you are working hard to achieve.