Underage Alcohol Charges

Any parent whose child has been arrested for drinking or possessing alcohol has reason to be concerned.

Under South Carolina law, it is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to purchase, consume, or possess alcohol, including beer, wine, and liquor. Though the crime is a misdemeanor, the consequences can be serious.

If convicted, your son or daughter could face jail time or fines, as well as driver’s license suspensions. They would also be required to complete an alcohol education or prevention program. Your child could end up with a criminal record, causing problems in seeking employment and jeopardizing education opportunities and eligibility for financial aid.

There are ways to soften or avoid the consequences of underage alcohol charges, though. The experienced attorneys at Morton & Gettys have helped many clients in Rock Hill and York County find solutions that have protected their futures.

The first step involves thoroughly examining the case and the evidence. Merely being arrested or issued a citation does not mean someone is guilty. Our first step always is to vigorously pursue evidence of innocence.

Sometimes, the best option is to pursue a dismissal of the charges or to request to have your child enrolled in the Alcohol Education Program. The AEP makes it possible for certain offenders to avoid jail and also offers the opportunity of expunging the arrest record.

If your child is in trouble, contact us for a consultation. We will work with you to build a strategy geared toward the best possible outcome for your child now as well as for protecting his or her future.