If convicted for underage purchase, possession, delivery and/or consumption of alcohol, your son or daughter faces a Class I misdemeanor. Charges do not have to result in conviction, and consulting with a local criminal defense attorney can make a big difference.
A good criminal defense attorney will know the law of evidence, advocate for your child’s rights, and be familiar with local courts and alternative sentencing options in the area.
REPRESENTING COLLEGE STUDENTS AND MINORS
Our criminal defense lawyers have practiced law in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Washington, D.C., for more than 14 years. We represent students of Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, College of William and Mary, Norfolk State University, Virginia Tech, Tidewater Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College and other nearby schools.
If you or your child needs legal representation for possession of alcohol by a minor, underage DUI, underage drinking or other alcohol crimes, contact our offices.
WHY HIRE AN ATTORNEY?
Because the penalties are too great not to. Penalties for underage possession can include fines, probation, community service hours and driver’s license suspension. Even worse, the conviction will follow your child into adulthood and make it harder for him or her to be accepted into undergraduate or graduate programs, to apply for certain professional licenses, or to receive job offers.
With underage possession cases and related criminal charges, our goal is to protect your child’s rights and to preserve his or her future education and employment opportunities. Our lawyers will examine the prosecution’s evidence and conduct our own investigation if necessary.
ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING FOR MINORS
There are many alternative sentencing options available for minors, including online minor in possession (MIP) education courses, enrollment in a substance abuse support group or admission to a drug rehabilitation center. These alternatives can save you money while giving your child the chance to exercise maturity and civic responsibility — which demonstrates to the judge that he or she is unlikely to repeat the offense.
SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION
Contact Gardner & Mendoza, P.C., to speak with a criminal defense attorney about how to best protect your child from a minor in possession (MIP) criminal charge. Initial consultations are free. Submit a contact form online or call 757-464-9224.