New Jersey Alcohol Possession Laws Penalties
Police arrest people for possession or consuming alcohol while under
the legal age of 21 every day. An underage drinking charge in New Jersey
should be taken seriously, since a conviction can negatively impact you
life in many ways.
If you are a parent of a child who has been charged with a minor
alcohol charge, you'll want to understand how a conviction may impact
your child's life and future. It makes sense to consult with a defense
attorney so you understand the potential risks and what options you may
NJ Underage Alcohol Penalties
Possession or consumption of alcohol by someone under the legal age
is a disorderly persons offense, with a maximum penalty of up to 6
months in jail if found
More typically, you are facing fines of at least $500, enrollment in
a alcohol program and/or probation.
Also, if the incident happens in a car or motor vehicle, you are
facing a license suspension of 6 months, or even longer if the
defendant is under 17.
How to Defend a Minor Alcohol Possession/Consumption Charge
From a legal defense perspective, how I would defend an underage
alcohol charge depends on both the specific facts of the case and
evidence against you, but also the potential impact of the penalties on
the accused. The goal is often to negotiate a sentence that will
minimize the impact on a young person's life and future opportunities.
A charge on your record may limit future educational, scholarship or job
Of course, if I think the case is weak and the police don't have the
evidence to support the charge and a conviction, it obviously will make
sense to fight and work for a dismissal or a not guilty.
Please call me for your free consultation on underage alcohol charges today at
(888) 628-8394 or
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The official statute is
2C:33-15, entitled possession, consumption of alcoholic beverages
by persons under legal age; penalty.
I am in different New Jersey courts every day,
defending my clients rights and freedom on a wide variety of criminal and
traffic charges. I have the knowledge and experience to help you
out of your difficult situation. Call me to find out what you can do,
and how I can help.
Matthew Reisig, Attorney at Law