School is out for summer, which inevitably results in the increase of minors (those under the age of 21) getting into trouble with the law for alcohol related offenses. Chances are, if you or your child has just received a police summons for underage drinking, whether it be possession, or furnishing (providing alcohol to a minor), this experience may be your first involvement with law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office. Underage drinking and underage possession laws should be treated seriously – convictions are part of a lifelong public record, so it is wise to have peace of mind and be fully informed of your rights before you make any decisions.
If a minor is under 18, possession or underage drinking charges will be prosecuted as a juvenile criminal charge. If the minor is between the ages of 18 and 21, then underage possession or underage drinking charges will be prosecuted in a public court of law as an adult civil charge, unless there is other associated criminal conduct such as an Underage OUI. Any convictions in the adult court will become part of the minor’s public record that can last a lifetime. Read More