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Los Angeles Furnishing or Selling Alcohol to Minors
Every state in the United States takes the crime of selling alcohol to a minor seriously. The penalties are stiff to prevent the recurrence of such crimes in the future. Our team of attorneys can assist you with a citation for selling alcohol to a minor. They understand how frightening it can be to be faced with such a serious charge. They are available at all times to help you with your ordeal. They can help if someone has accused you of providing alcohol to a minor, as well. Scheduling a consultation now can save you heartache and tribulation tomorrow.
The Crime of Selling Alcohol to Minors
Every state in the United States has a 21-year-old drinking age. The state of California prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from drinking alcohol and buying alcoholic beverages. A person is guilty of a criminal act if he or she sells a minor alcohol. The accused person can be a store cashier, clerk or store owner. The crime can occur at bars and restaurants alike. Many stores take precautions such as requesting ID from every person who looks like he or she is under a certain age.
Furnishing Alcohol for Minors
Furnishing alcohol for minors is a crime that involves purchasing alcoholic beverages and giving them to a minor. Many minors ask adults to buy alcohol for them because they know they should not have it. The courts will judge you harshly if you participate in such a crime. The crime of furnishing alcohol to minors also includes businesses that allow minors to have free access to alcohol. Police sometimes plant people in businesses to see if they will commit the crime.
Penalties for Selling Alcohol to Minors
One of the biggest penalties for selling alcohol to minors that a business can suffer is the loss of its license. Secondly, the cashier or person who conducted the sale may have to spend up to six months in jail and pay a fine of up to $1,000. The conviction will cause the person problems getting future jobs, apartments and other necessities. If you are the accused person, then you will need to visit with an attorney and try to prevent a conviction from occurring. The crime is too serious to take lightly.
Penalties for Giving Alcohol to Minors
Giving alcohol to a minor can hit you hard on many levels. First, you might have to spend up to six months in jail. You may have to pay up to $1,000 in fines. The judge may also make you perform 24 to 32 hours of community service. Your fate is the same if you are a parent who allowed your minor children to drink in the home. You will need a well-seasoned defense team to help you.
How an Attorney Can Help
An attorney can help you to build an effective defense strategy. One common defense that people use in such cases is the defense that the minor produces a fake ID. The judge will take such a defense under consideration. Entrapment could be another defense if the officers tricked the accused person into a sale.
A reliable attorney will try to attack these accusations from all angles. He or she will try to save you by finding procedural flaws and other holes in the accuser’s process. If all else fails, a reliable attorney can still assist you by negotiating for a lenient sentence. You can contact our firm any time and ask our dedicated attorneys to help you. They will be delighted to do such.