What You Should Know About Minor in Possession Charges in New York

If you or your child were in illegal possession of alcohol, please read on, then contact an experienced Rockland County juvenile crimes attorney to learn what you should know about minor in possession charges in New York.

What constitutes minor in possession charges in New York?

According to New York statute, it is against the law to purchase, knowingly possess or consume alcohol while under the legal drinking age of 21. This law encompasses a number of underage alcohol-related legal issues. In the Empire State, a parent can provide his or her child with alcohol on private property. However, some municipalities have rules and limits to this beyond state law. In addition, if the parent does not consent to the drinking, then the minor’s actions are illegal.

What are the penalties for minor in possession charges in New York?

A violation of New York’s minor in possession law is a civil offense, which subjects the violator to fines and other consequences, but it is not a criminal conviction. Minors who unlawfully possess alcohol may not be arrested, but they may be summoned to appear in court, where a judge may impose one or all of the following penalties:

First offense:

  • A potential fine of up to $100
  • Potential attendance in a state-sponsored alcohol awareness program
  • Up to 30 hours of community service

Second offense:

  • A potential fine between $50 and $350
  • Potential attendance in a state-sponsored alcohol awareness program
  • Up to 30 hours of community service

Third offense:

  • A fine between $50 and $750
  • Community services
  • Required attendance in an alcohol awareness program

If you are someone under 21 who uses fake identification to buy liquor, the state will suspend your driver’s license. Minors caught driving while under the influence face a suspended license and a fine of up to $125, with an additional $100 fee upon getting their license back.

Why should you hire a skilled Rockland County criminal defense attorney?

With more than twenty-five years of experience handling these and countless other criminal cases, attorney Carl Spector, Esq. will look at the particulars of your unique case, weighing all the evidence for and against you, then provide you with guidance specifically tailored for your circumstances. Whether you agree to a plea deal or choose to fight the charges, he will work to mitigate or eliminate an unfavorable outcome. Remember the intent is to deter you or your child from ever doing this again, so the prosecutors will do everything in their power to punish you. That is why you should not hesitate to call us today.

Contact our experienced Rockland County firm

Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Fortunately, our firm is ready to put over 30 years of experience to work for you. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation. We are ready to help you go on living life positively, happily, and free from the burdens of a criminal conviction–all you have to do is ask.