Many people in Philadelphia enjoy alcoholic beverages from time-to-time. Ever since the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1933, people in the U.S. have been able to legally consume it. However, despite the fact that the prohibition on alcohol was repealed, there are still age restrictions on when a person can legally consume it. For a number of years now, the legal drinking age in Philadelphia has been 21 years old.
Despite knowing that the legal drinking age is 21, many minors still consume alcohol. There are a number of universities and colleges in Philadelphia, and drinking is a popular activity among students. Most of these individuals don't think that underage drinking is a big deal.Their parents may also minimize the risks.
Underage drinking can result in a criminal conviction, though, which canllinger on an individual's record. There are fines and other potential consequences for an underage drinking conviction, too, but sometimes those are not the worstpenalties, as there could be long-term consequences which can have a bigger effect on one's life.
Such a conviction could have adverse effects on a person when they apply for jobs, school, or housing. Being denied those things can cost the person much more than the immediate fines or other short-term consequences.
While many people who are charged with underage drinking may end up with a conviction in Philadelphia, many others may be able to beat the charges they face. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and there may be defenses available to an accused individual. Our firm understands how prosecutors think, and we use that knowledge to craft compelling legal defenses for our clients. In the end, we hope to help our clients avoid harsh penalties, which could negatively affect their future for years to come. For more information on how we handle underage drinking charges please visit the underage drinking page on our website.