Defending Against Underage Possession Charges
Underage possession charges occur when an individual under the age of 21 is suspected to have alcohol illegally in his or her possession. It can be tempting to chalk these charges up as “part of growing up” and to let your children face the consequences of these actions as part of “learning a lesson.” However, these are criminal charges and a conviction will result in your child having a criminal record, putting him or her at risk of being expelled from school as well as other long-term consequences. That is why it is important to protect your child’s rights and future with the help of experienced legal counsel.
I am defense attorney Jeffrey Everhart and I have more than 38 years of experience serving as a champion for the rights of the accused. I will work hard to help ensure that your child’s future is not derailed before their adult life has even begun. To schedule an appointment, call me at 804-212-1363.
Working To Minimize Harsh Consequences
Because Virginia treats minor in possession charges as a criminal act, potential consequences of a conviction include the very real possibility of jail time, and can have a far-reaching impact on your child’s life long after the criminal case has reached its end. A criminal record can make it difficult to find employment, housing and may make your child ineligible to receive certain student loans.
I will do everything I can to minimize these potential consequences. If a dismissal is possible, I will fight for that result. If dismissal is not in the cards, there are other options to help minimize the damage. If this is your child’s first brush with the law, it may be possible to enter your child into a diversion program, where he or she may have to take a class on the dangers of alcohol consumption and perform community service. Once a diversion program is completed, his or her record will be effectively wiped clean. I will thoroughly explain and explore the options that are available.
I represent minors attending all colleges in the Richmond area, including Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), University of Richmond, Virginia Union University, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and all other area high schools and post-secondary institutions.
Contact A Lawyer Who Can Help Protect Your Child’s Future
If your child has been charged with underage or minor in possession of alcohol, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Call 804-212-1363 or contact me online to schedule an initial consultation. My law office is located conveniently across the street from the Henrico County courthouse.