Underage Possession of Alcohol

Belmar NJ Underage Possession of Alcohol Lawyer

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represent clients charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a fake ID, and providing alcohol to minors throughout New Jersey and the Jersey Shore including in Sea Bright, Belmar, Seaside Heights, and Manasquan, New Jersey. With our main office conveniently located in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, our criminal defense trial team represents clients throughout Monmouth and Ocean County on a daily basis. Further, Thomas V. Campo, an experienced criminal defense lawyer and part of our trial team, was the municipal prosecutor for years in over twenty-five (25) municipalities in Monmouth and Ocean County including Point Pleasant, Brick, and Holmdel. As you can see, our criminal defense lawyers are very familiar with the system, the judges, and the prosecutors in the towns in and around the Jersey Shore. We understand the serious nature of these charges and the negative impact that they can have on your future. Contact our office anytime for a free initial consultation at (732) 450-8300.

Underage Drinking in New Jersey: A Criminal Offense

Underage possession of alcohol in New Jersey is a criminal offense under N.J.S. 2C:33-15. The statute provides in pertinent part:

§ 2C:33-15. Possession, consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under legal age; penalty

a. Any person under the legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages who knowingly possesses without legal authority or who knowingly consumes any alcoholic beverage in any school, public conveyance, public place, or place of public assembly, or motor vehicle, is guilty of a disorderly persons offense, and shall be fined not less than $ 500.00.

b. Whenever this offense is committed in a motor vehicle, the court shall, in addition to the sentence authorized for the offense, suspend or postpone for six months the driving privilege of the defendant.

Underage Possession of Alcohol: A Criminal Charge on Your Record

If you are convicted or plead guilty to Underage Possession of Alcohol in violation of N.J.S. 2C:33-15, this is a violation of the criminal code and will lead to a permanent criminal charge on your record. Further, you are subject to a fine of $500.00 and the potential suspension of your driver’s license for six (6) months. This criminal charge on your record will show up on background checks for future educational and employment opportunities. As a result, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to combat these charges. Our criminal defense lawyers may be able to negotiate a downgrade of these charges to a violation of a municipal ordinance which results in a fine and no permanent record. Further, if the State is unable to prove the elements of the offense such as possession of alcohol or the alcohol was in possession of someone who is of legal age to purchase alcohol (21), we may be able to get the charges dismissed entirely. Contact our office for immediate assistance at (732)450-8300. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.