Richmond Underage Drinking Attorney

Has your child been arrested for the possession or consumption of alcohol? According to Virginia criminal law, underage drinking is considered to be a misdemeanor crime in our state. Even though it is a misdemeanor crime that does not mean that it does not carry serious repercussions for minors who are convicted. Whether your minor is a first time offender, or has multiple underage drinking charges, it could have a serious negative impact on their future. If your child has been arrested or charged with underage drinking, get immediate legal counsel. Their future career possibilities, and education opportunities could be at stake and it is vital that you protect their rights and best interests. Searching for a lawyer for underage DUI in Richmond? Speak with a Richmond DUI lawyer from Vaughan C. Jones, Attorney at Law today so that he can work to keep their criminal record clean.

Penalties for Underage Drinking in Richmond, Virginia

In Virginia, there is a zero tolerance policy which means that minors cannot have higher than a .00 BAC level in their system, otherwise they could face criminal consequences. If a driver under the age of 21 is found with even a .01 BAC level, then they could face any of the following criminal penalties:

  • Pay a fine of $500 along with other court costs
  • Driver's license suspension for at least a year
  • Perform around 50 hours of community service
  • Serve out a probationary sentence
  • Take a alcohol safety course

These penalties are too encourage minors to refrain from underage drinking and especially to never get behind the wheel after drinking. In Virginia, it is also illegal for minors to purchase alcohol or to carry a fake I.D. which states that they are older than they truly are. If anyone under 21 if found buying alcohol with a fake I.D. they could also be forced to pay a fine and/or serve a jail sentence. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it only takes on drink for a 120 pound teenager to reach a .01 BAC level. If your child is facing a possible underage DUI conviction, contact Richmond DUI lawyer Vaughan C. Jones as soon as possible.

Hire a Former Prosecutor to Be on Your Side

Looking for a lawyer for underage DUI in Richmond? Attorney Jones spent a good portion of his adult life as a prosecutor in the Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. He knows the tricks of the trade and he has a deep understanding of what the prosecution will be looking for in your child's criminal case. Mr. Vaughan Jones is highly adept in the various legal options that the law affords and he can work to find a way to have your child's charges dismissed altogether.

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