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Summer Time and Underage Drinking in Arizona

If you didn’t notice already, summer in Arizona is in full swing. May brings with it the first of many 100+ degree days, and what better way to celebrate swimming season than Cinco De Mayo.  These days, this holiday is known more for the margaritas and cerveza than the chips and salsa.  High school and college students anticipating the end of the school year might want to participate in the drinking activities to let off steam but if they are under 21, this is not only illegal but dangerous.

 “Harmless Favors” with Serious Consequences

As a parent or older friend, it may seem like innocent, harmless fun to purchase alcohol for minors.  Some parents say they would prefer their child drink at home under supervision than out on the town.  But the consequences can be severe.  Nine times out of ten, there may not be any harm done, but that one time could quickly lead to injury, sickness or death, and the responsibility would be on your hands.

 Fines Probation and Jail

Furnishing alcohol to a minor in Arizona is a Class 1 Misdemeanor.  If convicted you face up to 6 months in jail, years of probation, and a fine of $2500.  A conviction will stay on your record, requiring explanation in future job interviews, to current employers, and on higher education applications.  While it may seem like a victimless crime, the risks are high when providing alcohol to minors and whether the minor is endangered or not, the courts take this charge very seriously.

 Experience and Understanding are Keys to Your Defense

If you are charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor in Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, or anywhere in Arizona, it is imperative that you speak with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.  Matthew Lopez Law has helped clients with all kinds of alcohol-related charges and has able to achieve fantastic results.  Matthew Lopez understands each court’s unique procedures and knows prosecutors and judges from all over the state.  Don’t risk your future by trying to handle the matter yourself; call Matthew Lopez Law today for a complimentary case review.

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