The legal drinking age in South Carolina is 21. Underage drinking can lead to a number of criminal charges. In addition to being charged as a minor in possession of alcohol, young adults may be charged with public drunkenness or driving under the influence. If the minor is found to be in possession of a fake ID, he or she can face more serious criminal charges.
If your child has been accused of a crime involving underage drinking, you have the right to seek the representation of an attorney. David W. Farrell is dedicated to defending the rights of youths and minors. He often defends students at the University of South Carolina, Columbia who are charged with crimes. Call 803-807-2205 to find out how he can help you.
Minors and young adults are often poorly served by the criminal justice system. Minors, like adults, are innocent until proven guilty. We are here to protect your child from overzealous prosecution that could result in a lifetime criminal record.
Fighting Minor in Possession of Alcohol Charges
In South Carolina, a person under 21 years of age is not allowed to possess, attempt to buy or buy alcohol. Underage purchase, drinking or possession can lead to the revocation, denial or suspension of the youth’s driver’s license even if the youth was not behind the wheel when he or she was caught drinking. University students may be subject to discipline under the Student Conduct Code, as well as the criminal justice system.
Charges for minor in possession can be more severe if the minor was found to be in possession or using a fake ID in order to acquire or purchase alcohol. The law provides strict penalties and repercussions for youth in this circumstance. Fortunately, a criminal defense lawyer can help review the circumstances in which the minor was charged, and perform a complete investigation into the matter. Minors have the right to protect their future police record, driving records, freedom and ability to drive. With adequate representation from the firm of David W. Farrell, charges can be dropped, reduced or diverted.
Protect Your Insurance and Record
Unfortunately, a DUI has severe repercussions for a minors’ driving record, criminal record, and even his or her ability to secure proper insurance in the future. Many insurance companies choose to deny insurance to youth who have a DUI on their records. Other companies may raise the insurance rate by as much as $200 dollars a month. The cost of a DUI in terms of jail time, fines, and insurance fees can go into the thousands, and sometimes even into the tens of thousands of dollars. If you have been accused of underage drinking, minor in possession, or underage DUI, you need an underage DUI lawyer like David W. Farrell.
Defending Youth Rights
Attorney David W. Farrell has over 28 years of experience in Columbia, South Carolina, prosecuting and defending criminal cases. Mr. Farrell understands that any criminal charge results in stress and uncertainty and he makes himself personally available to his clients every step of the way. David W. Farrell handles all of his defense cases himself, meaning that you will never have to deal with someone who is inexperienced or not informed about your case.
Mr. Farrell understands that not all cases involving minors and alcohol are clear cut. Sometimes minors are stopped by police without clear reason. Law officers sometimes fail to handle procedural matters involving minors in accordance with proper law.
Call for a Free Consultation About College Student Crimes
If your child has been charged with an alcohol-related crime in Columbia, Lexington or a nearby community in South Carolina, you should seek advice from an experienced defense lawyer. Time is of the essence. Call 803-807-2205 or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.