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The legal drinking age is 21. Anyone who has consumed alcohol under age 21 can be charged with underage drinking. Minor in possession of alcohol is a common charge that young people and college students in The Triangle and at other Raleigh universities and colleges often face.

You don’t know, what you don’t know. If you are attending a school in The Triangle — North Carolina State University, Duke University or The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — or Meredith College or Wake Technical Community College, you need to speak to a lawyer if you’re facing an underage DUI, minor in possession, or other criminal charges.

Hale Law Firm, PC, will fight to keep your future on track. Call 919-891-8995 to learn about potential collateral consequences.

How Alcohol-Related Charges Affect Young Adults

Young adults and college students are too old to be protected by juvenile justice laws and too young to be in truly stable economic and social positions. As a young person or the parent of a college student, you need to be aware of the long-term impacts an alcohol-related charge can have on the future. These include:

  • Limited job prospects and housing options
  • Inability to get loans and meet other major life milestones
  • Difficulty accessing social services and other programs

When your child is facing alcohol-related criminal charges, you need to act quickly. Our lawyer can look at your case and the specific circumstances under which the arrest took place. Then we will explain possible consequences and issues as well as your available options. By relying on our decades of criminal defense experience you can make informed decisions.

As a student or a parent, this may be your first experience with the criminal court system. It is high stakes and the immediate decision you make which will have consequences. Hale Law Firm, PC, is a criminal defense firm. This is what we do day in and out and have been doing for more than 25 years.

Get Help For Your Student Today

Working with our Raleigh law firm is simple — send us an email to get started. We are passionate about building a solid defense strategy and fighting for the best possible outcomes. We always provide a free initial consultation and offer flexible payment plans.