Are you or a loved one facing trouble with the law regarding an underage alcohol offense? The good news is that you’re far from alone. In fact, charges related to alcohol are among the most common heard in juvenile courts in Arizona (and it is very common for those over 18 as well). While it’s true that the legal repercussions following minor consumption or purchase of alcohol can affect a young person’s personal and professional future, getting the proper attorney and exploring all of your legal options is key to preventing a criminal record.
Arizona Law and Minor Consumption of Alcohol
There are a few different penalties you can face in the state of Arizona if you find yourself charged with minor consumption of alcohol. In fact, you may receive more than one type of penalty if you are found guilty. The main types of penalties for this area include:
- Community service hours (exact amount to be determined by the presiding judge)
- Required attendance at an alcohol education or related class
- Up to a year of probation
Penalties vary from case to case and depend on a variety of factors, such as the amount of alcohol, previous offenses (if applicable), who else was involved, etc. Only a consultation with an attorney can give you a good idea of what kinds of exact penalties you’re looking at. If any violence was involved, more serious penalties may also be at play.
In cases involving minor consumption of alcohol, getting a deferred prosecution can really be your best possible outcome. If you’ve never heard of it, the term “deferred prosecution” means that no judgment will be given by a court at this time. Instead, the judgment will be “deferred” or delayed indefinitely for a period of at least six months. If during this period you have no other run-ins with the law (no charges, no violations, etc.), then the alcohol-related charges against you may be dropped entirely. This kind of option can often be achieved for those who have otherwise clean records and are not likely to commit further offenses.
Taking the First Step
Call or email our law offices today to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one with an alcohol offense. After hearing your case and what you would like to see happen, we will evaluate the situation and explore the best possible legal outcomes.