The law is clear surrounding the purchase of alcohol and those who fail to adhere to it will be punished. This is the job of Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) agents. They are responsible for investigating, citing, and at times arresting individuals who commit criminal offenses concerning the sale of alcohol and other offenses related to public health and safety. This includes the sale of alcohol to minors (those under the legal age for consumption of alcoholic beverages). Oftentimes ALE agents will partner with local law enforcement officers.
Criminal Citations Fake IDs, Underage Drinking and Sales
ALE agents may also investigate potential fake IDs. When a fake ID is suspected, ALE agents or police officers may investigate. Unfortunately, fake IDs are common among high school and college students, who purchase them online or are given them by a friend. When a fake ID is confirmed, the individual who tried to use it will receive a criminal citation for possession of the fake ID, possession of alcohol while underage, or furnishing alcohol to minors.
A Qualified North Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
Those who receive such a citation may feel overwhelmed and not know what to do. That’s where a knowledgeable and qualified North Carolina criminal defense attorney can make a difference. The right lawyer will help to negotiate with the District Attorney on your case and try to have the citation dismissed and expunged from public records.
It’s important to understand that even if a case is dismissed it will still appear on background checks resulting in questions surrounding your record when you go to do something such as apply for a job. However, once it’s expunged it will be erased. Once a citation is dismissed, a lawyer can work on having it expunged from your criminal record.
Hancock Law Firm, PLLC Helps Those in North Carolina Who Have Been Charged with a Crime
A criminal conviction in North Carolina can have a very long-lasting impact on your life. Not only can it affect your ability to obtain or keep certain jobs, but also it can have a permanent impact on your reputation.
Fake IDs and underage drinking is a reality for many students, but such a mistake should not have to impact your future. That’s why it is in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, we fully understand what is at stake and will do everything that we can to help you fight these charges and obtain the best possible outcome for you and your future. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!