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To be charged with selling alcohol to underage persons, you must have done any of the following:
Nearly every day in central Ohio people are charged with selling alcohol to underage persons. Selling alcohol to underage persons is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail. Certain underage sales charges also carry a mandatory minimum $500 fine.
If you are convicted of selling alcohol to underage persons, additional potential issues include:
Simply put, if you are convicted of selling alcohol to underage persons, it could remain on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you rightly or wrongly run the risk of being considered a person who uses poor judgment. Therefore, it is critical that you to give your selling alcohol to underage persons offense the level of importance it deserves.
The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with selling alcohol to underage persons. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police made and what legal issues can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes and potentially a lab analysis of the alcohol. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with selling alcohol to underage persons. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with an underage alcohol offense, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at email@example.com.