Underage Consumption (Mesa) – Granted Diversion– 3/28/2017

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My Client was charged for consuming alcohol under the age of 21 in Mesa, AZ. Arizona is a zero tolerance state when it comes to minors consuming alcohol.
This was the second time that my client had completed probation. In the end the prosecution still allowed her another chance to keep her record clean.

Zero Tolerance

According to the Arizona Revised Statute 4-244(34), it is illegal for a person under twenty-one years of age to drive or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while there is any “spirituous liquor” in the person's body.
The penalties for underage drinking are often stricter for those under 21 due to the high rate of minors driving under the influence.

Underage drinking penalties in Mesa, Arizona

Class 2 misdemeanor (underage consumption of alcohol)
  • A citation will be issued
  • Possible jail time with the prospect of serving up to four months
  • Fines of up to $750
  • Criminal record that will be visible to entities such as employers or colleges for admission.
  • Diversion Program – If you are offered and agree to a diversion program you will have to attend classes on alcohol abuse and you may be ordered to pay certain court fees. After completion of the diversion program the criminal conviction will be dropped from your record.
Class 1 misdemeanor (using a fake ID to buy alcohol)
  • Possible jail time with the prospect of serving up to six months
  • Fines up to $2500
  • Revocation of driver’s license (up to 6 months)
As you know, Arizona has some of the most severe penalties for a DUI in the country and skilled, legal representation can mean the difference between jail time to substantially reduced charges or dismissal of the DUI charges.

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