Criminal Attorney Helps Those Facing Possession/Consumption Of Alcohol Under Legal Age (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15) Charges
Possession/Consumption of Alcohol Under Legal Age (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15) in New Jersey is classified as a disorderly persons offense, which is comparable to a misdemeanor in other states.
It is possible to get up to six months of jail time for conviction of a disorderly persons offense, but that would be extremely unusual for a minor caught possessing or drinking alcohol.
The primary penalties that an underage drinker will have to content with are fines of at least $500 and loss of their driver’s license or right to obtain one.
When the offense is committed in a motor vehicle, the state will impose a six month loss of license, or your ability to get a driver’s license, and if you are under the age of 17, then you’ll be barred from getting a driver’s license until six months after your 17th birthday.
You may also be required to attend substance abuse counseling if convicted.
These are not minor charges, and the penalties can have a significant impact on a young adult’s ability to get to school, work, and help out with the household.
An experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney can help defend underage defendants against charges of alcohol consumption or possession.
If you or a family member are dealing with possession/consumption of alcohol under legal age charges, call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation.