Cincinnati Minor in Possession Lawyer
Award-Winning Ohio Criminal Defense Attorney
It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase, possess, consume, handle, or be under the influence of alcohol, with very few exceptions. Even low-alcohol beverages with less than 0.5% alcohol are forbidden. If you are under 21 and have been charged with possession of alcohol, you need a Cincinnati criminal defense attorney who will fight for to protect your future from consequences.
Exceptions to the Law
There are only four situations in which Ohio will allow for those under 21 years of age to consume alcohol.
The state permits possession and consumption in the following circumstances:
- Some occupations may allow for minors to handle or sell alcohol in sealed containers for retail
- Possession and consumption may take place under the supervision of a parent or guardian
- A physician can sell or furnish alcohol in the regular course of their practice
- Minors can possess and consume alcohol for an established religious purposes
A lawyer can work with you to present any of these reasons or other evidence to the court to defend your case. You cannot afford to face these charges without a strong legal team! Contact our firm to learn how we can defend you.
Penalties for Minor in Possession
Those in violation of laws regarding alcohol possession can be subjected to the juvenile court and can be considered criminal offenses. The judge may offer a diversion program for a first offense in which the individual refrains from any illegal activity and submits to periodic inspections over a set period. Successful completion of the program will result in dismissal of the complaint.
If the person fails the diversion program or is arrested for subsequent possession charges, the judge can make a ruling on the case. If found guilty, the person will be responsible for paying the fines and any other penalties from their first charges, as well as the subsequent offense.
Our Defense Lawyer is Ready to Help You
At Herzner Law, LLC we focus on protecting our client's futures as much as possible. A conviction can keep a child from getting a good job or going to college, which is why we work with the prosecution to minimize the penalties if we can't achieve a dismissal of the case.
Trust our acclaimed Cincinnati criminal defense attorney to defend your record and your future. Mr. Herzner was selected for inclusion in Ohio's 2013 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ as well as the Super Lawyers® Top 100, because we consistently achieve positive results and satisfy our clients.
Call our office at (513) 280-8405 as soon as possible to retain a high-quality defense lawyer!