Defending Your Future Against Alcohol And Drug Charges

Being charged with underage drinking or another underage alcohol or drug violation can cause more damage to your future than many students or minors believe. In Arizona, such charges can result in disciplinary actions from colleges and universities — on top of potential criminal penalties and driver's license suspension from the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD).

With my experience in this area of the law, I can offer you effective and aggressive defense against underage drinking and underage alcohol and drug violations, in an effort to reduce the damage caused by these charges. My experience as a criminal defense attorney has given me the insight and knowledge needed to combat these charges in the criminal court, the MVD and on the college and university level.

If you have been charged with underage drinking or a related underage alcohol or drug violation, the right attorney can help. Contact my office online or call 520-812-6987 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your charges.

Defending Your Future

Underage alcohol violations, including underage alcohol consumption and minor in possession, can potentially trigger three separate problems for those charged. Including the initial criminal case, minors can also be subject to a motor vehicle administrative case, as well as a university disciplinary case.

  • Criminal cases: First offenders may receive diversion or probation, but can face stiffer penalties depending on the severity of the current charges or prior convictions. Potential criminal penalties include fines and possible jail time.
  • Administrative cases: If you are charged with underage alcohol or drug-related crimes, you may be subject to a six-month license suspension by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), simply based on the initial occurrence. You don't even need to be convicted in the criminal case to lose your driving privileges. During my tenure as a defense lawyer, I have learned successful strategies to help avoid suspensions.
  • University disciplinary cases: Even if you are not charged criminally or your criminal charges are dismissed, you may still face academic consequences for violation of the university code of conduct. Upon notification of your charges, the university administration will send you a letter advising you of the violation and possible suspension or expulsion. Students have a limited amount of time to respond to the letter and must seek a meeting with appropriate university officials to avoid expulsion or suspension.

Knowledgeable Advice For Tucson Residents And University Students

Don't let drug or underage alcohol drinking charges ruin your future. Contact the Law Offices of Patrick Alan Moran for the knowledgeable defense you deserve.