The Consequences of Serving Alcohol to a Texas Minor

Drinking-related charges in Texas range in severity, but each and every charge that results in a conviction can leave you with a criminal record that will follow you for years.  Most Texans are aware of the seriousness of DWI and DUI charges, but many people are not aware of what happens if they are charged with serving alcohol to a minor.

 Under Texas law, serving alcohol to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor, which is the most serious of all misdemeanors.  If you are convicted of serving alcohol to a minor, at most you face a fine of up to $4,000 and jail time of up to one year, or both.  Further, if convicted, you will have your driver’s license suspended for 180 days, even if no motor vehicle was involved in your alleged crime.

 If you are 21 years of age or older, and you are not a parent or guardian of the minor who is provided with alcohol, you may be held responsible for any harm the minor has caused while being intoxicated if you knowingly provide alcohol to the minor or knowingly allow the minor to be served alcohol on property that you own or lease.  Therefore, not only are there criminal consequences to serving alcohol to a minor, but there are consequences that could leave you facing a civil lawsuit.

If you have an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney by your side, you may be able to avoid or limit the punishment that you are facing when charged with serving alcohol to a minor.  Further, an attorney may be able to get the charge dismissed for various reasons.  An attorney will thoroughly review your charge, including all of the available evidence, to determine if there are viable grounds for having your charge dismissed.  Therefore, the best way to protect your rights is to consult with, and allow an experienced Dallas criminal defense attorney to negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf to ensure you are resolving the criminal matter in a way that avoids a blemish on your criminal record.

While an attorney can certainly help to dismiss or reduce the charge of serving alcohol to a minor, it is important to understand that multiple convictions of the same or similar crimes may make it difficult for your attorney to have your current charge lowered or dismissed.  This is why it is especially important to address a first-time charge with the assistance of qualified legal counsel.  Many individuals don’t fully understand the consequences of a criminal conviction, and believe they can defend themselves in court.  More often than not, the results of a criminal charge are much worse for those who do not retain legal counsel, and your chances of overcoming the challenge of facing a criminal conviction are much better if you have an attorney standing by your side.

Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

If you or someone you know has been charged with serving alcohol to a minor, you should speak with a Dallas criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.  This criminal charge may not seem as serious as other alcohol-related crimes, but the consequences could be more severe than you think.  With the help of a seasoned Dallas criminal defense attorney, you may be able to avoid the permanent negative consequences of being convicted of serving alcohol to a minor.  Dallas DUI Attorney Jack Pettit has more than three decades of experience, both as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, giving him a unique ability to help his clients reach the best result possible to their unfortunate circumstances.  To speak with Mr. Pettit about your case, contact our office today at (214) 521-4567 to schedule an initial consultation.  Jack Pettit conveniently provides legal services in both English and Spanish.  Our office also accepts major credit cards.

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