Defending Minor in Possession of alcohol

Rhode Island Minor in Possession of alcohol attorney

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Michael J. Zarrella, Esq

Law Office Address:

127 Dorrance Street

Providence Rhode island 02903

Cell: 401-523-5271

Office 401-490-6820

Fax: 401-490-3207

MJZarrella@gmail.com

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A Minor in Possession of Alcohol charge can be a costly charge in Rhode Island.

If you have been drinking at a local college party at Providence College, URI, Bryant, JWU, Roger Willliams or Brown, you must anticipate that the local or State police may be monitoring the party. In recent years, the local cities and towns as well as the State Police have made a concerted effort to find under age drinking. You may be at a house party or at the local bar and the police may show up and charge you with under age drinking or minor in possession of alcohol. If you happened to get arrested and receive a summons for court, do not underestimate what can happen to you. The prosecution and the courts will often take advantage of how minors are unrepresented by legal counsel in court. Repeatedly, young adults go into the court thinking "if I just admit to it they will go easy on me". You could not be furthur from the truth. Defendants that think like that often end up with large fines, many hours of community service and a driving suspension of their license. Do not go at it alone! The best way to avoid many of these penalties is to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Often a lawyer can negotiate for you a much better deal than what you would have received by representing yourself. In many cases, the lawyer will be able to have the charges dismissed.

 

Rhode Island Penalties for Possession of alcohol by a minor

First Offense

  • fines up to $750
  • 30 hours of community service
  • 60 days of license suspension

Second Offense

  • fines up to $750
  • 30 hours of community service
  • 60 days of license suspension
  • alcohol abuse counseling

Third Offense

  • fines up to $950
  • 30 hours of community service
  • 60 days of license suspension
  • alcohol abuse counseling

 

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Attorney Michael Zarrella has been practicing criminal defense law for over 20 years. He has handled numerous alcohol related offenses and has had hundreds of cases dismissed. Do not take a chance on you future! Call him today!