Our Rhode Island Criminal Lawyers Can Protect You
At one point or another, many teenagers find themselves in situations where alcohol is present. . Many teenagers who are exposed to alcohol may not act as “wild” or “rowdy” as news coverage and police portray, but most underage drinking is illegal and can have serious consequences.
If your teenager has been arrested or charged with underage drinking, do not waste any time getting them an experienced criminal defense lawyer. At Abilheira Law, LLC, we strive to do everything in our legal power to secure favorable outcomes for our younger clients. Don’t put your child’s future or reputation at risk. Contact Abilheira Law, LLC today.
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What Are the Drinking Laws in RI?
In Rhode Island, consuming, purchasing, or possessing alcohol when under 21 years of age is considered a petty misdemeanor offense. If caught and convicted, an underage drinking offense can result in serious consequences in your personal, educational, and professional life, and these consequences could follow you through much of your adult life. Although you may have been using alcohol responsibly, it is still a violation of the law and can cause many years of frustration.
You may be facing the following penalties for a first offense:
- Possession of alcohol by a minor: Maximum fine of $750
- Transportation of alcohol by a minor: Maximum fine of $250 and 30-day license suspension
- Underage drinking and fake ID’s: Maximum fine of $500, 30 hours community service, and 30-day license
- Providing alcohol to minors: Maximum fine of $1,000 and up to 6 months in jail
In addition to these repercussions, they could also deal with challenges getting into certain colleges or finding a job.
Start Building Your Defense Today
Here at Abilheira Law, LLC, we fight for individuals charged with underage drinking in order to help protect their future. Years of difficulty following a conviction are hardly a suitable punishment for a momentary and youthful lapse in judgment. That is why our skilled Rhode Island criminal defense attorneys utilize our vast legal knowledge to form a strong and strategic defense that serves to protect your reputation.
If you have been charged with any of the above crimes, get legal representation from Abilheira Law, LLC. Give our offices a call at (401) 245-5100 for a free and confidential consultation. We have offices in Warren and Providence and serve clients throughout Rhode Island!