Underage Drinking Lawyer NYC | Law Office of James Medows
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Underage Drinking Lawyer NYC

Experimenting with alcohol before age 21 is considered by some to be a rite of passage; something nearly everyone does at least once. Many people chalk it up to “teenage shenanigans” and don’t give it much of a second thought. Until they, or a loved one, get caught by police.

Make no mistake—underage drinking is a crime. If convicted, it can be a costly mistake, and one that can follow you for a surprisingly long period afterward. No one wants to begin their adult life on probation, behind bars or in debt paying off a hefty fine.

If you or a loved one is arrested for underage drinking, you need immediate help from an experienced, empathetic and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Whether it’s a single “minor in possession of alcohol” offense, or multiple charges such as DUI or public intoxication, you need serious legal representation; and you need it right away.

Don’t Talk to Police Without Your Lawyer

You know you have the right to remain silent if you’re arrested; it’s the most cliché phrase associated with U.S. law enforcement. It’s vitally important that you exercise that right. Do not talk to police or answer any questions without your attorney present.

Police know that young people are often easily intimidated, and will sometimes use unfair tactics to get someone to incriminate him or herself after an underage drinking arrest. Officers may say you don’t need a lawyer. You do. It’s that simple.

Police may say it’ll be easier on you if you cooperate. What they won’t say is that exercising your right to have an attorney present for questioning is not “being uncooperative” under the law. It’ll be easier on you if you lawyer up, right away, and let your lawyer speak on your behalf.

Defending an Underage Drinking Charge

After representing you during your initial questioning, your attorney will get to work on your defense. Even if you do talk to police before retaining a criminal defense lawyer, it’s not too late. The law office of James Medows is ready to step in and advocate for you at any stage of the game—but the sooner, the better.

Facing any criminal charge is a serious matter, and we take every case very seriously. Some juvenile convictions can follow you into adulthood, and the Law Offices of James Medows has extensive experience defending minors as well as adults. After an arrest for drinking underage, the right criminal defense can have an enormous influence on your future.

James has detailed knowledge of the law as it applies to both minors and adults charged with underage drinking offenses. He’s an experienced criminal defense attorney with a proven track record of advocating for his clients’ rights—in and out of court.

Every case is different, and the laws surrounding underage drinking are complex. Depending on the circumstances of the incident leading to your arrest, we may be able to:

  • Have your charges dropped or reduced
  • Arrange for reduced penalty, if convicted
  • Keep you out of jail
  • Have your juvenile records sealed after a certain period of time with no further arrests

There are no guarantees, but without the right criminal defense, you are almost certain to have a less desirable outcome than you would with an experienced lawyer like James by your side.

You don’t want to take chances with your future, especially as a teen or young adult. One call to James Medows—his business line is his cell phone—is the only call you need to make. James and his staff will handle the rest.

We’re with you, Start to Finish

If you or a loved one has been charged with underage drinking, or if such a charge is imminent, the sooner you contact Attorney James Medows, the easier your immediate future will be. James and his support staff care about your rights, and have the knowledge and experience to protect you through all stages of your defense.

We will:

  • Meet with you one-on-one
  • Answer police questions on your behalf
  • Inform you of your options and advise you of the likely outcome of each option
  • Represent you in court—from arraignment and preliminary hearing until your case is complete

James understands this is a time of great need for you. Once he takes your case, he’s got your back. Every step of the way.

Let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you. A charge like underage drinking may seem like a simple matter, but it’s not. Leaving your future in the hands of a public defender is not likely to lead to the best possible outcome for you.