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Drinking Tickets in North Carolina: Protecting High School and College Students

If you are below the legal drinking age in North Carolina, even having one beer can turn into a criminal case. If you have recently been charged with an alcohol-related criminal charge when under the legal drinking age, (no matter whether it was for underage possession, attempting to purchase liquor with a fake ID or if you were accused of public intoxication), it can be difficult to know what you should do next.

If you have recently received a "drinking ticket" for an alcohol-related charge, it is far too easy to put this off as unimportant and to think that it will resolve itself over time or that it will simply go away with time. This, however, is untrue. When dealing with charges of this nature, you need an experienced advocate on your side that you can trust to help you obtain the just outcome that you deserve.

Why hire a Carteret County criminal defense lawyer?

In some situations, it might be tempting to just pay the fine associated with the ticket and to move forward. It, however, is important to realize that if you pay this fine, you are pleading guilty – the offense won't simply go away. Instead, you will be forced to live with the blemish on your criminal record for the rest of your life – and this should not be something that you have to deal with.

At Cummings & Kennedy, we recognize that though this is typically a misdemeanor, it should not be treated as a minor offense. In many cases, cases involving drinking tickets could also be tied into other criminal charges, such as disorderly conduct. We have the experience that you need to ensure that your legal rights are protected to the fullest extent of the law.

Have you received a drinking ticket? Contact Cummings & Kennedy as soon as you can.