In North Carolina it is illegal to consume alcohol under the age of 21. Concerts, and other summer events, are often patrolled by alcohol law enforcement (ALE) looking for underage consumers who are violating NCGS 18B-302, which dictates that anyone under the age of 21 is forbidden from consuming alcohol. Further, the use of a fake ID or the purchasing of alcohol for anyone under 21 is illegal.
Concerts and sporting events can be a popular place to pregame or tailgate in parking lots. While it is common to think you are safer in your car, this is not the case. Law enforcement patrolling the parking lots of events are on the lookout for illegal activity. The smell of marijuana or alcohol coming from a vehicle can lead to a citation or arrest for underage drinking, marijuana possession or possession of drug paraphernalia.
If you are a first-time drug or alcohol offender, you may qualify for the opportunity to have your case dismissed. An experienced attorney may work out a deal for you to do drug or alcohol classes in exchange for a dismissal of your charges.
While drug and alcohol charges may seem minor, you should only move forward with the help of an attorney. A conviction for drug or alcohol charges could impact things like employment, housing, and financial aid.
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.