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Charged With Underage Possession of Alcohol in Virginia Beach

by J.D. Garrett on March 18, 2013

Spring break is here; summer vacationing is around the corner. If you or your child was charged with underage possession of alcohol in Virginia Beach, our attorneys can help.

During the spring and summer months, Virginia Beach police look for groups of young people and will target them for possible alcohol and possible drug related charges. Underage drinking charges see a dramatic increase during this time of year. We are often approached by parents of vacationing children and college students asking what they can do to help. The first step is contacting a criminal defense lawyer who knows the legal system and handles underage alcohol charges regularly.

Underage possession of alcohol is a Class 1 misdemeanor offense in Virginia, punishable by up to a year in jail, up to a $2500 fine, and suspension of your driver’s license. While many may think it’s a minor offense, it is a criminal charge. A criminal conviction of any severity may not be expunged from your record. It is a permanent criminal conviction you will carry for the rest of your life.

Some people have done some research on Virginia possession of alcohol laws and discover that by pleading guilty, they may only get a few hundred dollar fine, maybe some community service; but it’s unlikely they will go to jail. That may well be true, but as I stated above, it is a permanent criminal conviction. You should never just plead guilty to an underage possession of alcohol charge. There are other ways to avoid the conviction altogether, and that should be your goal.

Many police officers have a similar cavalier attitude toward alcohol possession charges as well. As a result, they routinely make mistakes in the investigation, the charging, and most importantly, testifying in court. An experience defense attorney will be able to spot these mistakes and capitalize on them to your advantage.

Contact our Virginia Beach criminal defense attorneys today. (757) 422-4646. Our attorneys are available 24/7/365 to answer your questions. Not only do they know the law, they are parents as well. We will handle your child’s case as if they were our own – with dedication and compassion.

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