Understanding The Penalties Of Underage Drinking

Children and teenagers do not always make the best choices in life. Even when these mistakes and poor decisions are innocent, however, they can carry extremely serious consequences. In Monmouth County, New Jersey, fines are only the beginning of penalties for minors charged with underage drinking. At Hobbie Corrigan & Bertucio, P.C. Attorneys at Law, we are there to defend your child and attempt to keep criminal allegations off of his or her record.

Do Not Let Your Child's Consequences Be Permanent

Under New Jersey law, an underage drinking conviction is considered a disorderly persons juvenile crime. At a bare minimum, for a first offense, your child will incur fees and the possibility of jail time. If he or she was driving a car while intoxicated, injured or killed somebody while drunk or has been charged before, consequences only increase in severity. They may include:

  • Fines of at least $500
  • Six months in jail or longer
  • Driver's license suspension

Unfortunately, these mistakes can also become a permanent part of your child's record. When they go to perform routine background checks, institutions and potential employers are able to see underage drinking charges and a history of criminal activity.

Preserving Your Record

With a deep understanding of state juvenile law and dram shop law, our lawyers argue aggressively to have charges reduced or dropped for your child's record. In some cases, we are able to demonstrate liability at the hands of a host, bar or restaurant that knowingly served alcohol to your underage son or daughter. Additionally, our previous prosecution experience gives us the ability to pick apart arguments used by law enforcement officers and the other side's legal team. Having been recognized with the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, we put our skills, knowledge and dedication to ethics to work for you.

Advocating For You

No matter what brings you into our office, trust us to handle your case with discretion and personalized attention. Schedule an initial consultation and reach us phone at 732-982-4178 or using our online request form.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.