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Concert Goers Charged with Underage Drinking and Possession of Marijuana

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Concert Season at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek officially kicks off this Saturday, April 13, 2019. Zac Brown Band leads off the summer concert series followed by Bob Seger and Hootie and The Blowfish in May.

Each year during the summer concert series, we see a surge of underage drinking tickets as well as misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia charges.

Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) walk through the parking lots as patrons tailgate before the concerts. If you are simply holding a beer, even if it is someone else’s beer, you could be charged with possession of alcohol. This is different than the charge of underage consumption of alcohol which requires proof that you actually consumed some of the beverage.

In North Carolina there is a zero tolerance for underage consumption of alcohol. If you are under the age of 21, officers may request to see your ID if you are holding a beverage. They may also request that you submit to a breath test if they suspect that you have been drinking alcohol.  NCGS 18B-302 

Concert goers who are over the age of 21 should take extra precautions when tailgating with patrons who are under the age of 21. A common charge we see during concert season is providing alcohol to a minor.

There are lower standards of privacy when standing in a public area like the parking lots outside the concert venues, or in your vehicle on the way to or from the concert. Just the smell of marijuana could be enough to justify a search of your vehicle depending on the circumstances.

If you are charged with an alcohol or drug related offense, and have no prior criminal history, you may qualify to earn a dismissal by completing drug and alcohol education classes. Once your case is dismissed it will be eligible for expungement from your record.

Our office handles alcohol and drug related charges, and complete the expungement process for all of our clients who qualify and wish to have their records expunged. If you would like to learn more about the opportunity to keep your record clean, contact attorney Kristi Haddock at kristi@wileynickel.com or Melissa Botiglione  at melissa@wileynickel.com with The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC.

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