At Timothy R. Oswalt, we understand the sensitive nature of underage drunk driving charges and what is at stake for those under the age of 21 who have been arrested. In North Carolina, there is zero tolerance for any amount of alcohol in the bloodstream of an underage driver, so it is crucial to consult with an attorney if you or your child has been cited for underage DUI.
It is in your best interest to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Call 910-333-0224 to discuss your circumstances with an attorney who can explain your rights and legal defense options.
Defending Against Minor Consumption Charges
We can help you or your child take on the charges and pursue the best available resolution to your case. We have extensive criminal defense experience and have earned the respect and trust of our past clients.
In North Carolina, teens and other underage individuals can face serious charges even if they are not driving. Merely possessing a driver’s license and committing an age-related infraction of liquor laws can have harsh consequences, including possibly a one-year revocation of driving privileges.
Any of the following actions have the potential to result in class 2 misdemeanor charges for persons under the age of 21:
- Attempting to purchase alcohol
- Purchasing alcohol
- Aiding and abetting someone else in the purchase of alcohol
- Attempting to use a fake ID to purchase alcoholic beverages
- Being convicted of driving with any amount of alcohol or drugs in one’s body
Selling or providing alcohol to a minor is also a punishable offense. Individuals over age 21 who allow underage friends to use their driver’s licenses to purchase alcohol may be charged and receive penalties, including jail time.
In addition to losing your driver’s license for up to one year, other penalties for underage alcohol-related offenses may include:
- Up to 30 days of community punishment
- Active punishment, possibly including incarceration
- Significant fines
- Jail time