If you are a young person or the parent of a young person charged with possession & consumption of alcohol in Arizona, I know you are concerned about the legal implications of this criminal offense. For a young person with a bright future, you want to be sure you don’t get stuck with a criminal record that can follow you for life. A criminal record that will show up on any background check can effect future school and career opportunities, and have a host of consequences down the road.
Minor consumption of alcohol is one of the most common charges heard in Arizona Juvenile courts. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. If you are under 18, your case will usually be heard in juvenile court.
Please contact our law offices for a free legal consultation on Minor Alcohol Consumption charges in Arizona. We can walk you through your options, and suggest how we can help you fix this problem with the minimum penalty possible.
What Penalties am I Facing for a Minor Consumption of Alcohol Charge?
It is possible to be sentenced to jail time and stuck with a criminal conviction. But that typically doesn’t happen on a first offense unless the circumstances are extreme, and the prosecution believes that you are a danger to yourself or others.
In most cases, you are looking at penalties of:
- a year of probation
- possible community service
- alcohol education or addiction programs
It is also possible in many cases to get a deferred prosecution. With this option, no judgment is entered. You will have to meet with a probation officer for 6 months or more, and if there are no problems or further encounters with the law, the charges against you will be dismissed. This is often the best option, since it keeps you from having any kind of permanent criminal record.
Please contact us today to discuss you or your child’s situation. We can go over you case with you, and offer suggestions and help, and explain what we can do in court to get you the best result possible.