Minor in Possession of Alcohol

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Columbia Minor in Possession of Alcohol Charges

Has your child been arrested for minor in possession of alcohol?

Underage drinking is a major problem in Columbia and throughout the state. According to statistics provided by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, approximately one in five youths between the ages of 12 and 20 in South Carolina admit to drinking alcohol, with 13% admitting to binge drinking. Given that our state ranks worst in the nation for the number of drunk driving traffic deaths, law enforcement agencies at all levels are serious about cracking down on illegal possession and use of alcohol among minors.

If your child is arrested for drinking or possessing alcohol, the state will most likely file charges under South Carolina Code of Laws §63-19-2440, which classifies Minor in Possession of Alcohol as a misdemeanor criminal offense. A conviction could lead to a sentence including 30 days in jail, as well as being required to complete an alcohol education or prevention program that is approved by the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. In addition to the terms of the sentence, your child could end up with a criminal record which could cause problems in the future when seeking employment, or could interfere with educational opportunities if your child is a college student.

Fighting Charges of Minor in Possession of Alcohol

Successfully defending this type of case can be challenging, but you can find experienced legal representation to help you fight the charges by coming to Masella Law Firm, P.A. Our lead attorney is a former solicitor and judge, and our team has extensive criminal defense experience. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the best possible outcome may be to pursue a full acquittal or dismissal of the charges, or to request to have your child enrolled in the Alcohol Education Program. The AEP makes it possible for certain offenders to avoid jail entirely, as well as offering the opportunity of expunging the arrest record. Contact us now for a consultation to learn more about which strategy may be the best for defending your child's future.

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