Unfortunately, in North Carolina underage drinking is a class 1 misdemeanor
, which is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine. Also conviction of this offense will not only leave your child with a criminal
history , but might also get your child's driver license suspended for at least 1 year.
I would strongly suggest that you consult and retain an experienced local criminal law attorney to make sure that your 18 year old legal rights and freedom are protected.
An experienced local criminal attorney might be able to either get this criminal charge dismissed on some type of legal technicality or valid legal grounds, or at least negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor that might allow your child to plead guilty to a lesser crime and avoid jail time and/or criminal history. If your child was never in trouble before, this might be very feasible option.
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