Underage Possession / Underage Consumption

Under North Carolina state law, the possession or consumption of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 is illegal with few exceptions. Many young individuals make mistakes in their youth and subsequently learn from those mistakes. Unfortunately, an underage drinking citation can transform a simple mistake into a lifelong criminal record. Underage drinking frequently occurs in conjunction with traffic violations, driving after consuming alcohol under 21, DWI, and the use of false / fake identification. North Carolina has a zero tolerance policy regarding the consumption of alcohol by a minor who operates a motor vehicle. Therefore, a person who is less than 21 years old who is caught driving after having consumed any alcohol, may be prosecuted for driving while impaired (DWI), in addition to being charged with underage consumption.

Too many high school and college students attempt to handle underage consumption charges without an experienced criminal defense attorney, and they achieve poor results in their cases including: costly fines, probation, etc. These young individuals later face further ramifications of these convictions when applying for schools, loans, jobs, etc. because they have a criminal record.  It is important to note that a conviction for this charges does not come off your criminal record.  

There are a variety of alcohol related citations / charges, each with distinct issues to be addressed, including:

  • Underage Possession Of Alcohol - N.C.G.S. 18B-302(B)
  • Underage Consumption Of Alcohol - N.C.G.S. 18B-302(B)
  • Attempting To Obtain / Obtaining Alcohol By False Identification - N.C.G.S. 18B-302(E)
  • Aiding / Abetting The Purchase Of alcohol By A Minor - N.C.G.S. 18B-302(C)
  • Driving After Consuming Alcohol Under Age 21 / Driving After Consuming <21 (Underage DWI) - N.C.G.S 20-138.3

Chris Shumate is a seasoned attorney with years of experience assisting students and young people charged with a variety of alcohol related offenses. Mr. Shumate understands that young people make mistakes, and he believes that no one should be unduly punished. He is dedicated to pursuing a legal strategy that will achieve a positive legal result, but will also assist you in a practical manner in various areas of your life. The Shumate Law Offices will utilize considerable experience to give you the representation you deserve. Mr. Shumate has helped clients from local schools such as:

  • University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina (UNC)Asheville
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Johnson and Wales University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC)
  • Brevard College
  • Winthrop University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Clemson University

If you are charged with any alcohol related offense, contact our office today for your free consultation to discuss your case. Chris Shumate will utilize his legal expertise and local knowledge to provide the legal representation your case warrants.

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