Underage Drinking

Camden NJ Underage Drinking Lawyer

Underage Alcohol Possession and Consumption Attorney in South Jersey

Considering its prevalence, one might assume that underage drinking is a relatively minor matter in New Jersey. However, young people and their parents are often surprised to learn of how serious the State takes these offenses. Under New Jersey law, underage possession or consumption of alcohol, often simply referred to as underage drinking, is considered a disorderly persons offense. This is similar to a misdemeanor but is still considered a crime in New Jersey, which results in a charge on your criminal record if you are ultimately convicted. In addition to the hindrance that a criminal record can pose as you pursue future employment and educational opportunities, underage drinking is also punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 6 months in the county jail. Although it occurs all the time, New Jersey lawmakers, enforcement officers, and prosecutors seek to impose harsh penalties on young people accused of possessing or consuming alcohol underage. With so much on the line, it is essential to have an experienced criminal defense attorney working to have your charges reduced or dismissed altogether.

William C. Fay is a criminal defense lawyer who fights on behalf of clients charged with criminal and DWI offenses in Southern New Jersey, prior to which he was investigating and prosecuting cases for the State Attorney General’s Office. When defending clients charged with underage drinking, he is often able to have these charges dismissed or reduced to a municipal ordinance violation, which is similar to a ticket and requires payment of a fine but does not result in a criminal record. With his knowledge and experience on both sides of the legal aisle, Mr. Fay has achieved countless successes in courts Camden County, Burlington County and the rest of South Jersey. Whether you are charged with underage possession or consumption of alcohol, underage DWI, or another offense, Mr. Fay will fight tirelessly to protect your innocence. To discuss your case and learn how Mr. Fay can help you, contact his offices today at 609-832-3202.

Underage Drinking Charges in Camden County NJ

New Jersey law addresses underage drinking in section N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15 of the New Jersey Criminal Code, which is entitled “Possession, consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under legal age.” According to this statute, it is unlawful for any person who is under the legal age to purchase alcohol (21 years old) to knowingly possess or consume alcohol without legal authority in any school, public conveyance, public place, or place of public assembly, or motor vehicle.

A violation of this section is considered a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey, which is punishable by a sentence to serve up to 6 months in the county jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and a charge on your criminal record. Notably, underage possession and consumption of alcohol offenses entail a mandatory minimum fine of $500. Moreover, if the offense occurred in a motor vehicle, the person is subject to a 6-month period of driver’s license suspension, in addition to aforementioned penalties.

As previously mentioned, if you are convicted of underage alcohol possession or consumption, this will result in a charge on your criminal record. In order to remove this conviction and to prevent it from appearing on a criminal background check in the future, you must file for an expungement with the State of New Jersey. Ideally, your attorney will be able to have your charges dismissed or reduced to a municipal ordinance violation, which will not appear on your criminal record. If you were already convicted or plead guilty, Mr. Fay handles the entire expungement process for clients who seek to start fresh with a clean criminal record, which can be essential when seeking future employment and educational opportunities.

Contact Gloucester NJ Underage Alcohol Possession Attorney for Answers

If you, or your son or daughter, is facing underage drinking, possession of alcohol, or underage DUI charges in Camden County or elsewhere in South Jersey, your best defense is just a phone call away. Simply contact our criminal defense law firm to receive your cost-free consultation.


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"Excellent criminal defense lawyer"

"William handled a matter for me and exceeded my expectations. He was excellent in all areas of the law and achieved an outstanding result. Best of all,he demonstrates honesty and integrity. I would highly recommend William and already have."


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"I was so scared and nervous about my legal situation but Mr. Fay did an outstanding job with my case!!! I was so relieved with the outcome and he worked so hard for me! He was so calm and understanding and I’m so grateful for him. Thank you so very much for helping me! I am so grateful appreciative."


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"All Charges Dropped & Expunged"

"William defended me in my marijuana + paraphernalia case, he had all charges dropped and expunged! Despite the fact I was long past conditional discharges/probation, etc. He has a sharp wit and a bright future ahead of him as an attorney. Thanks again Will!"


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"Fantastic Lawyer"

"Mr. Fay is a fantastic lawyer. He helped me during a very stressful time in my life. He was knowledgeable about my case and what my options were. He answered all my questions and was very reassuring. He was there waiting for me at the entrance on my court date and made me feel at ease. He worked with the prosecutor to reduce my charges. I got the best outcome I could have hoped for. I highly recommend Mr. Fay if you need a lawyer."


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"Marijuana Charges"

"I was arrested and summoned to court for possession of marijuana, even though I didn't have any on me. It was my first time getting in trouble and I was terrified and nervous. Mr. Fay came into court prepared and was extremely assuring. He made it very clear that he was going to fight for my case until the very end. He was extremely knowledgable about my case and the ways to resolve it. I would recommend Mr. Fay to anyone who has gotten into trouble."

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"Excellent lawyer. Highly recommended."

"Mr. Fay is extremely caring and knowledgeable. He took the time to explain the entire process in a very clear manner and was a tremendous help during a stressful time. He was always available to take a phone call and really showed that he cared about me and my case. I highly recommend Mr. Fay as an attorney." "

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"Highly recommend"

"Great lawyer. Created a best possible outcome for my case."

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"Amazing job, explains very clearly"

"He did a fantastic job on my case, making my penalty much less than I thought it could possibly be. He clearly understands what he is doing and can explain everything in a way that anyone can understand. Any questions I had were answered very clearly and he listened to all small details of my case."

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