With the summer in full swing, Raleigh is full of great activities, breweries and concerts to enjoy. With a few tips in mind, you can enjoy the Summer months without unwanted encounters with law enforcement officers.
(1) If you are drinking and don't look 21, ALE can approach and ask for your ID. It is illegal to consume alcohol under the age of 21. If you are under 21, you are likely to be targeted at events like concerts at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre. North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) agents often patrol these events looking for underage drinkers. In North Carolina, NCGS 18B-302 dictates that anyone under the age of 21 is forbidden from consuming any alcoholic beverage. Furthermore, it is illegal to use a fake I.D. to purchase alcohol, and also illegal to buy alcohol for a person under 21. Many do not realize that a charge for using a fake ID can lead to a license suspension!
(2) If you’re going to drink at a brewery pay attention to the % alcohol concentration. Breweries are an awesome place to gather with friends, but the higher percentage beer can lead to trouble. Be aware of the percent alcohol content of the beverage you select. If you are driving home, take note that even 1 or 2 beers with a high percent can take you over the 0.08 legal limit. A charge of Driving While Impaired (DWI) will cause an immediate 30 day suspension of your license. A DWI can be very costly and requires several court appearances.
(3) You have less rights to privacy when in your car. We see a huge number of tickets issued outside of concert venues like Red Hat, Lincoln Theatre and the Ritz for marijuana possession or possession of drug paraphernalia. Law Enforcement often patrols those parking lots and a smell of marijuana coming from your car can easily lead to a citation or arrest.
Charged with a DWI, underage drinking, or marijuana charge? Call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free consultation with attorney Kristi Haddock or attorney Wiley Nickel.