Chesterfield VA Underage Possession of Alcohol Attorney
Virginia law 4.1-305 criminalizes the possession, purchase, or consumption of any alcoholic beverage such as liquor, wine, and beer by those under the age of 21. Underage possession of alcohol is a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense. Chesterfield County Police and other law enforcement agencies aggressively enforce this law. Law enforcement has a no-tolerance policy for underage drinking. Contact an underage possession of alcohol attorney who specializes in defending Chesterfield County cases.
NOTE: An arrest is NOT a conviction!
Alcohol Violation Attorney Chesterfield VA
Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law is an established Chesterfield VA law firm that defends underage possession of alcohol cases. Our lawyers possess over 45 combined years of trial experience. We are a recognized “Best Law Firm“ for criminal law by U.S. News & World Report. Our attorneys will help you understand the allegation you are facing, your possible defenses, and the consequences of a conviction. In many cases, you can prevail on a number of defense objections or motions, even if you think you are guilty.
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Virginia Underage Possession of Alcohol Penalties – Chesterfield County
Maximum 12 months in jail
Maximum $2,500 fine
50 hours of community service
- Random Testing
- Loss of driving privileges
- Permanent criminal record
Driving After Illegally Consuming Alcohol
Driving a motor vehicle by persons under the age of 21 after illegally consuming alcohol is a criminal offense according to Va. Code 18.2-266.1. This violation is often referred to as a baby DUI when the driver under the age of 21 has a blood alcohol level of 0.02 but less than 0.08. The DUI law criminalizes operation of a motor vehicle in cases of blood alcohol evidence of 0.08 or higher. Note: A person weighing 120 pounds can reach a 0.02 percent blood-alcohol level after having one drink in one hour.
Possession of False Identification
Possession of a fake ID is not an alcohol violation; however, in many instances young offenders in violation of Virginia’s alcohol laws are also in possession of a fake or fraudulent identification. Virginia Code 18.2-204.2 makes it is illegal for any person to possess a fictitious driver’s license or other official identity card. As such, the accused may be facing two criminal charges for underage possession of alcohol and possession of a false identification.
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11/10/2015 | Updated 2/22/2020