What a New Jersey Juvenile Attorney Can Do for You
Each day, minors under the age of 21 are arrested for possession or consumption of alcohol. In New Jersey, underage drinking is taken seriously by the authorities and should be taken seriously by you. A conviction of underage drinking may negatively impact your life and your family’s lives for a long time to come. As the parent of a child with pending underage drinking charges, it is your responsibility to assist in the situation. First, you must understand the charges and how a conviction could be harmful for your child’s future. If your child has been charged with a crime, you should immediately consult with an experienced New Jersey juvenile lawyer.
Penalties for Underage Alcohol Consumption and Possession
Minors who are caught in possession of alcohol or consuming alcohol will be charged with a disorderly person’s offense. This charge carries penalties that include a possible prison sentence of up to 6 months and fines of at least $500 if found guilty. Additionally, the convicted minor will likely be enrolled in an alcohol program and may be placed on probation. If the charges occurred in a motor vehicle, the minor may also face a driver’s license suspension of at least 6 months. Facing these possible consequences can be very frightening to both the child and the parents. It is imperative that you immediately contact an experienced New Jersey juvenile attorney to assist in the defense of the case.
Defending Juvenile Alcohol Possession or Consumption Charges
As a certified New Jersey Criminal Trial Attorney, Matthew W. Reisig has experience defending clients against these types of charges. His goal is to reduce the charges whenever possible and to create a defense to minimize the sentence if convicted. He and his support staff at Reisig & Associates, LLC work diligently to negotiate a sentence that is as minimal as possible. A lowered sentence will help the juvenile as he or she pursues future personal and professional options. A criminal record can limit the ability to attain scholarships, get accepted to college, or find future employment. In many cases it makes sense to fight the charges in order to obtain dismissal or not guilty finding in the case.
Call Reisig & Associates, LLC today to schedule a free consultation with a certified New Jersey criminal trial attorney. We will review your case and discuss your options with you in order to ensure that your child’s rights are properly defended. We are experienced with defending all types of criminal charges. Call today for your free consultation.
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