Concert Goers Charged with Underage Drinking and Possession of Marijuana

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Concert Season at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek officially kicks off this Saturday, April 13, 2019. Zac Brown Band leads off the summer concert series followed by Bob Seger and Hootie and The Blowfish in May.

Each year during the summer concert series, we see a surge of underage drinking tickets as well as misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia charges.

Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) walk through the parking lots as patrons tailgate before the concerts. If you are simply holding a beer, even if it is someone else’s beer, you could be charged with possession of alcohol. This is different than the charge of underage consumption of alcohol which requires proof that you actually consumed some of the beverage.

In North Carolina there is a zero tolerance for underage consumption of alcohol. If you are under the age of 21, officers may request to see your ID if you are holding a beverage. They may also request that you submit to a breath test if they suspect that you have been drinking alcohol.  NCGS 18B-302 

Concert goers who are over the age of 21 should take extra precautions when tailgating with patrons who are under the age of 21. A common charge we see during concert season is providing alcohol to a minor.

There are lower standards of privacy when standing in a public area like the parking lots outside the concert venues, or in your vehicle on the way to or from the concert. Just the smell of marijuana could be enough to justify a search of your vehicle depending on the circumstances.

If you are charged with an alcohol or drug related offense, and have no prior criminal history, you may qualify to earn a dismissal by completing drug and alcohol education classes. Once your case is dismissed it will be eligible for expungement from your record.

Our office handles alcohol and drug related charges, and complete the expungement process for all of our clients who qualify and wish to have their records expunged. If you would like to learn more about the opportunity to keep your record clean, contact attorney Kristi Haddock at or Melissa Botiglione  at with The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC.


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.