Watchung Underage Drinking Lawyer
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If you or a loved one has been charged with underage drinking in Watchung, it is important to consult with an experienced New Jersey underage drinking lawyer. The legal drinking age in New Jersey is 21. Any individual under the age of 21 who consumes alcohol, is in possession of alcohol, is driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .01% or above, or attempts to purchase alcohol has violated New Jersey State Law regulating the use of alcohol.
An underage drinking conviction carries serious consequences. An underage drinking related offense may result in: Fines of $500 or more, a license suspension or postponement of driving privileges, and completion of an underage drinking program. In addition, a conviction may affect your child’s college application process and future employment opportunities. Subsequent underage drinking offenses carry even more severe consequences.
Underage drinking charges are generally disorderly persons offenses. Disorderly persons offenses arising out of Watchung are handled in Watchung Township Municipal Court. The Honorable Frank W. Gasiorowski presides over the Court. Pamela J. Steves is the Court Administrator. Watchung Municipal Court is located at 840 Somerset Street.
In New Jersey, underage drinking and driving is not tolerated. Anyone under the age of 21 possessing a blood alcohol level of 0.01% or more, but less than 0.08% has violated New Jersey’s underage drinking and driving laws.
Under N.J.S.A 39:4-50. 14, a licensed driver who violates this law will lose his or her license for a period of 30 days or more. An unlicensed driver who violates this law will be prohibited from obtaining a driver’s license for a period of 30 days or more from the date that person is eligible to obtain a license or the date of conviction, whichever is later. In addition, a violator must perform at least 15 days of community service and complete an alcohol education program.
Underage drinking charges can seriously affect your future. Always discuss your case with a New Jersey lawyer. Our experienced defense lawyers are ready to fight for you. The law firm or Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC regularly represents clients in Watching Municipal Court. Our criminal attorneys have had many years of experience handling underage drinking offenses. Casey Woodruff, Robert Rowbotham and Gary Grabas are former Prosecutors. Jon Bramnick is a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with over 30 years of experience.
If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our underage drinking lawyers, you can contact us (908) 322-7000. We offer direct access to our attorneys 24 hours a day.