Criminal Defense against Minors in Possession of Alcohol

Mar 01

A serious criminal offense, such as a drug-related crime or driving under the influence (DUI), requires a tough lawyer and a pretty good defense. The fact is any type of criminal accusation, even a simple misdemeanor, calls for a good defense lawyer.

Legal professionals from Truslow & Truslow know that living with a criminal record, regardless of how serious the crime is, is a huge hindrance to life’s opportunities and pursuit of one’s dreams. In the firm’s website, it mentions that a conviction “can have serious repercussions on every aspect” of life; it can result to loss of job, denied employment applications, difficulty in finding an apartment to live in, as well as in applying for professional licenses. This is because employers, landlords and license providers always ask about possible criminal convictions.

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, a law that was passed in 1984, is one example of a federal mandate that constitutes a criminal offense if violated. This particular law strictly prohibits the possession and purchase of alcoholic beverages in public by individuals under the age of 21, except under certain circumstances. Those who will be caught violating this law will be charged either with Possession of Alcohol under the Legal Age (PAULA), or Minor in Possession (MIP).

Punishment for violators of PAULA or MIP differs from one state to another. For first time offenders, so long as the offense does not involve DUI / DWI or public intoxication, fines may range from $100 to $200. Repeat offenders can suffer fines, besides participation in an alcohol education program or rendering of community service. Other states also apply a suspension on the offender’s driving privileges.

PAULA or MIP may only be a misdemeanor, but if it sticks on one’s records, it will surely affect the violator’s future life. Hoping to be acquitted from the charge, or in the event of a conviction, working to have such conviction expunged from your record, can be possible, but only with the help of a well-seasoned lawyer who will be determined to fight for your defense, as well as care for your future as much as you do.

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  2. Law is always so puzzling to me, thanks for making sense of it.

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