An Underage Drinking Conviction Can Have Serious Consequences
Because the legal drinking age in Virginia is 21, the police devote significant resources in an attempt to curb or deter underage drinking. This is especially true in areas containing large numbers of college students such as Harrisonburg. While the criminal penalties for underage drinking are not as severe as many other criminal offenses, the fact is that any criminal conviction can lead to lasting problems.
If you or your child has been charged with underage drinking, it is vital that you work with an attorney who knows how to defend against these allegations. At The Law Office of Louis K. Nagy, PLC, we have extensive experience defending college students and other individuals against these charges.
Serving James Madison University (JMU) And Other Area College Students
Much of the firm’s work in this area involves helping JMU students minimize the consequences of an underage possession charge. We also represent students at Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University and other institutions in Rockingham, Augusta and Shenandoah Counties. We recognize exactly what is at stake for young people facing these types of charges and will do our best to achieve a positive outcome.
We will look at all available defenses in order to seek a dismissal of the charges prior to trial. For example, the police need to have reasonable suspicion to stop someone. In other cases, the prosecution may not be able to prove that you were actually drinking alcohol. For example, at house parties or tailgates, many people consume both nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages in disposable cups. In short, we will look closely at the facts of your case and work diligently to achieve the best possible result under the circumstances.