Underage drinking charges are often treated lightly by parents and the minors who receive them. It is tempting to write this offense off as “kids being kids” or “that’s what you do in college.” The fact is, a charge of underage drinking can have serious ramifications that may impact a person’s life forever.
If your child has been charged with underage drinking, it is important to have experienced legal representation to protect your rights. At the law firm of Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience practicing law. As a family-run law firm, we understand the issues that families face together. Please contact a Philadelphia underage possession lawyer or call us at 866-415-6588 for a free initial consultation.
Protecting You From Lifelong Consequences
A charge of underage drinking should not be taken lightly. If a minor is convicted of underage drinking, he or she will have a criminal record, which will likely have an impact when filling out job and school applications. Additionally, if a minor is convicted of underage drinking in Pennsylvania, he or she will lose driving privileges, as follows:
- First offense: 90 days
- Second offense: one year
- Third and subsequent offenses: two years
If a minor is convicted of underage drinking and loses driving privileges in the state of Pennsylvania, he or she only has 30 days to appeal from receipt of the notice to appeal. This is why it is so important to contact a Philadelphia underage drinking attorney as soon as possible.
In some cases of underage drinking, it may be possible to enter into a diversion program. In a diversion program, charges will be dismissed upon completion of conditions ordered by the court, such as attending classes or doing community service. If this is not an option, we can fight for you or your child at trial and argue against the charges.
We can also provide diligent defense against any charges related to underage drinking, such as underage DUI, possession of alcohol, drug possession, and public intoxication or urination.
Call For A Free Consultation With A Philadelphia Underage Alcohol And Drug Possession Defense Attorney
If your child attends an area college such as Villanova University, Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, St. Joe’s, Rosemont College or La Salle University, we can defend your child from criminal charges. We represent clients located in the Main Line, City Line, Villanova, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore and other Philadelphia neighborhoods.
With over 30 years of experience, the law firm of Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C., can defend your child from charges of underage drinking. If your child has been arrested for underage drinking, please contact a Pennsylvania minor in possession attorney online, or call 866-415-6588 for a free initial consultation.