Harrisonburg Underage Drinking Lawyer
Don't Let An Underage Drinking Charge Ruin Your Future
The state of Virginia treats underage drinking as a serious crime. In fact, an underage possession of alcohol charge is a Class One misdemeanor — the highest level of misdemeanor possible. This is worrisome when you consider that it is the same level of offense as assault and battery and petit larceny. Underage possession of alcohol can carry a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine and a loss of driving privileges. It's even more frightening when you realize the ramifications of having such a charge on a young person's permanent criminal record, with no possibility of expungement.
At Evans Oliver, PLC we understand that young people make mistakes, and we believe everyone deserves a second chance. If you or your child is dealing with an underage drinking charge, contact our law firm for experienced advice and a strong defense. We often represent students enrolled at James Madison University (JMU) and other colleges in the area.
Rockingham County Attorney: Minor In Possession Defense
In Rockingham County and throughout Virginia, the potential penalties for a minor in possession conviction are 12 months in jail, a $2,500 fine and the loss of your driver's license for six months.
Our experienced criminal defense attorney, Tracy Evans, will help you fight the charge, work to have your charge dismissed or reduced, and to avoid or minimize all penalties.
In addition to the criminal consequences, colleges and universities have their own penalties. For example, JMU operates on a three-strike system for all infringements of campus policies (not just alcohol violations). Three strikes may result in a semester suspension or permanent expulsion.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
As lawyers dedicated to providing personal attention and optimal results, we will take the time to walk you through the process, making sure you understand every step of your case. You don't have to fight an underage drinking charge alone. We offer free initial consultations for clients facing criminal charges. Contact our Harrisonburg attorneys at 540-437-1966 or send us an email.