If you are under the age of 21 and arrested for underage drinking in Washington, DC, you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Underage drinking charges in Washington, DC carry a maximum sentence of a $300 fine and a 90 day suspension of your driving privileges if convicted. What you are probably more concerned about than the potential penalty is whether you will have a criminal record, and what a university will do you in terms of academic discipline.
As a Washington, DC underage drinking lawyer, I would like to answer these questions. First, there is a lot that can be done to prevent you from getting a conviction for underage drinking. Your lawyer may be able to negotiate a community service diversion where you will be required to complete a certain number community service hours at one of over 30 approved non-profit organizations in the District in exchange for all charges being dismissed. There is also the possibility of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) or a deferred sentencing agreement (DPA), all of which can result in no convictions on your record.
If you have been charged with underage drinking in Washington, DC or any other DC crime, contact The Law Office of Daniel A. Gross, PLLC for a free consultation by calling (202) 596-5716 or by filling out an online contact form. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards are accepted.