Delaware Underage Drinking Defense Lawyer
Arrested For Underage Drinking? Contact a Delaware Underage Drinking Lawyer at Rahaim & Saints
For minors who have experienced an arrest and face charges for underage drinking or criminal DUI, the situation can cause plenty of stress and anxiety. For the average high school or college student, the matter represents their first direct contact with the Delaware criminal justice system. Even though the minor child may not fully understand the process, they innately know that the stakes are high. Conviction on DUI charge could affect your child’s ability to attend college, their eligibility to play on sports’ teams, or their ability to qualify for specific employment opportunities in the future.
The experienced Delaware underage drinking defense attorneys at Rahaim & Saints have the understanding, compassion, and legal insight to carry you and your child through one of the most challenging times you’ll ever encounter. We have helped many clients achieve the best possible resolutions and prevent the serious charges of DUI that can have lasting effects on your child’s life.Click Here For FREE Consultation
The Types of Underage Drinking Charges
In Delaware, the minor in possession (MIP) laws make it a crime for a person under the age of 21 to drink or possess any alcoholic beverage. Your child can face criminal prosecution even if they were not drinking, but merely possessed an alcoholic beverage.
Title 4 of the Delaware Code covers the following MIP laws:
- Drinking and Possessing Alcohol — Applies to minors under the age of 21 found consuming or in possession of alcohol.
- Minors Making False Statements to Obtain Alcohol — Applies to individuals under the legal drinking age of 21 who knowingly make a false statement for the purpose of obtaining alcohol.
- Minors Possessing Alcohol in a Licensed Establishment — Applies to minors under the age of 21 who enter an establishment or remain in a licensed taproom, tavern or package store while in possession of alcohol.
- Selling Alcohol to a Minor — Applies to individuals who sell alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The law also makes it illegal to purchase alcohol for an underage minor.
- Allowing Minors to Possess Alcohol — Applies to any individual who is found guilty of purchasing alcohol or giving alcohol to a person under the age of 21 (under their supervision).
- Allowing Minors to Remain in Licensed Establishment — Applies to any licensed establishment that admits or allows a person under the age of 21 to remain on the premises.
The Civil and Criminal Consequences of an Underage DUI Conviction
The underage consumption of alcohol takes place in various locations throughout Delaware. If your minor child is arrested and charged with an MIP or DUI offense, it’s important to consult with a skilled and experienced underage drinking lawyer who knows the best way to proceed.
A conviction for underage drinking can lead to the following consequences:
- Loss of driver’s license or driving privileges until age 21
- Possible jail time and probation
- Mandatory alcohol treatment
- A permanent criminal conviction on your child’s driving record
- Possible termination of your automobile insurance because of the risk of loss
For students, colleges and universities usually have a separate disciplinary action for cases that involve underage drinking or DUI. Based on your school’s policy, disciplinary actions may include suspension, expulsion or other penalties that can have a significant effect on your enrollment in the school and your ability to earn your desired degree. Typically, the disciplinary process includes hearings and deadlines, which can vary significantly for DUI arrests made within the jurisdictions of Delaware campuses.
In the case of DUI arrests made by campus police, a skilled Delaware underage drinking lawyer has multiple legal defenses, which may not be available for an off-campus arrest and charge.
Contact an Experienced Delaware Underage Drinking Defense Attorney
Even if the prosecutor charges you with DUI and you believe that the state has a strong case against you, don’t assume the prosecutor will find you guilty. At Rahaim & Saints, your Delaware underage drinking lawyer will conduct a thorough review of the evidence against you with the goal of finding weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
We may also be able to negotiate reduced charges, which minimizes the fines and penalties you face even for a conviction. Contact an experienced Delaware underage drinking defense lawyer for a free consultation. The lawyers at Rahaim & Saints can help you and your child navigate the legal system to help obtain the best outcome based on your circumstances. We serve Newark and Wilmington, as well as the full state of Delaware — contact us today.