There are a broad range of alcohol related charges available to prosecutors in the state of North Carolina, which relate to the sale, consumption and use, possession, transport, and distribution of alcohol, malt beverages, fortified and unfortified wine, and spirituous liquor.
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Alcohol related charges can become very complex from a legal standpoint, and competent legal assistance is important. Our attorneys will work with you to develop a strategy to aggressively defend your rights each step of the way through the legal process. In every alcohol case, we analyze numerous aspects of the incident resulting in arrest, including the steps taken by officers prior to arrest, probable cause, the search, validity of warrants, and all other circumstances related to the incident and leading up to, during, and following the actual arrest. North Carolina laws are very specific as to the steps and requirements officers must follow prior to a search for and seizure of alcohol, malt beverages, fortified and unfortified wine, and spirituous liquor. We are here to make sure your rights were not violated.
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Our attorneys are experienced with alcohol matters in Charlotte Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. To speak to one of our Charlotte criminal defense lawyers regarding an alcohol related matter, contact us today at704-412-1442.
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Our attorneys are experienced with alcohol related matters and are here to help with all steps involved in the process of resolving your issue, including: analyzing the details of your case to determine if there are tryable issues, walking you through your options, negotiating a plea deal deal with a district attorney on your behalf, and/or pressing forward with and representing your interests zealously at trial.
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To speak with one of our Charlotte Mecklenburg criminal defense lawyers today regarding a alcohol related matter, call 704-412-1442.
To speak with one of our Charlotte Mecklenburg criminal defense lawyers today regarding your alcohol related charge, call us at 704-412-1442. WE CAN HELP.
As discussed in the introductory paragraph on this page, we take numerous steps in every alcohol case to ensure that your rights have not been violated, including: analyzing numerous aspects of the incident resulting in arrest, such as the steps taken by officers prior to arrest, probable cause, the search, validity of warrants, and all other circumstances leading up to, during, and following the actual arrest. North Carolina laws are very specific as to the steps and requirements officers must follow prior to a search and seizure of alcohol. Many cases therefore hinge on whether proper protocol was followed by police officers in making an alcohol related arrest rather than the guilt of the accused. We are here to make sure your rights were not violated.
Our Charlotte Mecklenburg criminal defense attorneys are experienced with negotiating directly with prosecutors, and are well versed in the diversionary programs, deferred prosecution, and potential plea deals that may help keep items off your permanent record. Finally, we are prepared to represent your interests zealously and will press forward aggressively with trial when appropriate. If your case has tryable issues, it is important to have competent legal representation.
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To speak with one of our Charlotte Mecklenburg Alcohol attorneys regarding your alcohol related matter, call us today at 704-412-1442 for a FREE consultation.
Our Charlotte Mecklenburg criminal defense lawyers can help with all charges related to malt beverages, fortified or unfortified wine, and spirituous liquor, including but not limited to: underage purchase, consumption, and possession; aiding and abetting, unlawful sale and giving of alcohol; unlawful consumption; public consumption; public intoxication; fake or fraudulent ID use; disorderly conduct; open container violations; transportation related charges; and unauthorized premises charges. We are also able to aid vendors and establishments that have had alcohol related charges brought against them.
The potential punishments related to alcohol charges vary greatly and depend upon numerous factors, including the type and amount of alcohol involved, the role of the person charged, the circumstances surrounding the arrest, the previous record of the person charged, and the number of charges the person is currently facing. Most alcohol related offenses range from Class 1 to Class 3 misdemeanors, with lower class charges being the more serious and carrying higher punishements. Chapter 18B of the North Carolina General Statutes lays out the guidelines for the majority of alcohol offenses, and indicates that unless a different punishment is specifically mentioned by a particular statute, a violation of any provision of Chapter 18B shall be a class 1 misdemeanor.
By way of example, selling or giving alcohol to a person under 21, an adult aiding and abetting a minor, and unlawful consumption charges are all Class 1 misdemeanors. In NC, a class 1 misdemeanor may be punished by up to 120 days in jail for those with extensive prior records. Otherwise, a judge is more likely to impose shorter jail sentences, possibly to include a suspended sentences, fines, probation, and/or community service depending on circumstances of the incident and the prior record of the offender. A minor aiding and abetting another minor is considered a class 2 misdemeanor. A person aged 19 or 20 who purchases, consumes, or possesses malt beverages, fortified or unfortified wine, or spirituous liquor may be charged with a class 3 misdemeanor. Open container violations are also class 3 misdemeanors.
Prior to going to court and potentially taking any sort of plea deal or guilty plea, it is very important that you understand fully what you have been charged with, what class your charge(s) is, and the possible sentences associated with each charge and all charges collectively. It is also important to be aware of the potential tryable issues present in your case, and the plea deals, deferred prosecution, and diversionary programs that may be available to you.
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