Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor in the State of Texas By Jason Trumpler, P.C. on August 14, 2016

Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor Attorney, Austin Texas
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While it is a crime to consume alcohol when under the age of 21, it is also illegal to provide or sell alcohol to a minor. Furnishing alcohol is a common charge, particularly in areas populated by college students. Examples of individuals who are frequently charged with furnishing alcohol to minors are bartenders, gas station attendants, liquor store owners, and party/kegger hosts. If you have a party where alcohol and minors are both present, and the cops are called, you may be charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor. It is your responsibility to know the age and the identity of the individuals you are providing alcohol to.
If you or someone you know has been charged with the crime of furnishing alcohol to a minor, an experienced attorney can help improve the outcome of your case. Attorney Jason Trumpler has over 15-years criminal law experience, and has successfully represented thousands of individuals. Contact our office today at 512-457-5200.
Potential Consequences
For many, partying, drinking, and college go hand-in-hand. It is of course illegal for anyone to be consume alcohol or be in the possession of alcohol when underage, but the law also seeks to deter individuals from providing alcohol to minors.
Typically, furnishing alcohol to a minor is a Class A Misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 1-year in county jail, community service, an alcohol awareness class, and a $4,000 fine. Furnishing alcohol to a minor also carries an automatic drivers’ license suspension upon conviction of up to 6-months.
An important thing to note is that according to the Texas Penal Code, an individual must make an alcoholic beverage available to a minor with “criminal negligence.” Negligence in a legal sense means that you did not take reasonable steps to ensure that the individual was of age, such as asking for an ID. In this example, if you did ask for an ID, but the ID presented was falsified to a believable degree, the minor in question might be responsible for any crime committed.
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A strong legal defense can greatly increase your chances of getting your case reduced or dismissed. Jason Trumpler is an aggressive criminal defense attorney who is committed to obtaining the best possible outcome on his clients’ cases. He currently practices in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Lee, Bastrop, Burnet, and Caldwell counties. Contact our office today at 512-457-5200.

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