Seaside Heights NJ Underage Drinking Attorney
The second criminal offense that is filed frequently is N.J.S.A. 33:1-81 ("Misrepresenting age to induce sale or delivery to a minor"). This charge prohibits someone misrepresenting their age in order to: (1) obtain entry to a bar, club or other venue where alcoholic beverages are served; or (2) induce a retailer to distribute, sell or serve alcohol. A conviction under 33:1-81 is a disorderly persons offense that results in a fine of $500-$1,000 and a maximum jail sentence of 6 months. Individuals that plead or are found guilty of this offense will also have a criminal record and face a six month driver's license suspension.
The third charge that can arise in Seaside Heights for underage drinking is N.J.S.A. 2C:21-2.1. This offense is encountered less frequently, however, since its focus is on use or possession of a fake Id and does not apply when the unlawful conduct was for the purpose of obtaining alcohol by someone under legal drinking age.
Ordinance Violation for Underage Drinking. Seaside Heights has adopted two separate ordinances to address underage drinking and alcohol possession. The first ordinance is 17-37 and prohibits underage consumption of alcoholic beverages on private property. The second ordinance is contained at 17-17 and targets underage consumption and possession in a public place or motor vehicle. Unfortunately, it is not the norm for the police to sign a complaint based on either of these ordinances but rather one or more of the criminal charges previously set forth. Nonetheless, our attorney have an extensive track record of securing downgrades to an ordinance in these matters so our clients avoid a criminal record and other penalties.
Underage Drinking Defense Lawyer in Seaside Heights
The attorneys at our firm receive many calls from individuals charged with underage drinking who are trying to resolve the offense without the knowledge of their parent. Another common approach is to view the charge lightly only to discover the long term consequences of the conviction when it is too late. Do not fall into these traps and call a lawyer at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver. We will provide a comprehensive review of your case and give you the benefit of our input. An attorney is available immediately to help you at 732-286-6500.Related Seaside Heights Pages & Posts: