A conviction for minor in possession of alcohol or drugs can have a major impact on your child’s life, including your child’s future. If your child has been charged with minor in possession of alcohol, minor in possession of drugs, open container or possession of paraphernalia – or if your child has been arrested for any crime – it is advisable and important that you take prompt action and secure competent legal representation for your child, before the criminal record becomes irreparable.
Hiring a qualified attorney early in the process can mean the difference between your child having a permanent record that can be found on-line or through record checks, for the life of your child. In most cases there are things that a minor in possession attorney can do to mitigate and assist in your child’s defense and which can help avoid the negative consequences of a conviction and a permanent record.
Hiring an attorney who understands conviction consequences, one who will work with the district attorney or the prosecutor to make sure that your child gets the best deal, can mean the difference between your child having a conviction versus having the charges dismissed altogether, which will mean the difference between getting into a good school or not, or even securing a good job, or not.
The attorneys at our law firm have significant experience defending high school students and college students who have been charged with a crime including DUI. In most cases, a minor or student having been charged with a crime can lead to suspension from school or alternative schooling. Our experienced attorneys will seek an outcome that will have the least negative impact on your or your child’s life and future, allowing him or her to move forward in life without having a criminal record.
If you would like to speak to one of our minor defense attorneys in Tucson, Arizona who handles cases involving minor in possession of alcohol, minor in possession drugs or possession of paraphernalia, please contact one of our qualified attorneys at Goldstein & Scopellite, PC at 520-365-3185 in Tucson, Arizona. Or please contact us online today.
In Arizona, the possible penalties for a minor in possession or an alcohol or drug related conviction include:
At Goldstein & Scopellite, PC, our minor in possession of alcohol attorneys, minor in possession of drug attorneys, possession of paraphernalia attorneys, open container attorneys and DUI attorneys can help determine if your child’s case can be dismissed, the charges can be dropped, whether or not deferred or diversion of disposition is a possibility and they will look at all of the evidence and defenses in order to determine if alternative negotiations are advisable, versus going to trial.
If your child’s case requires a plea, in some cases an order dismissing the conviction can be negotiated. If this occurs, your child’s record may be able to be non-disclosed but this process is complicated and requires a court order granting same. If the court approves the non-disclosure, the court will order the record removed.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, the option of a plea deal for deferred and/or dismissal of your case will not mean that you do not have a record or that you do not have to disclose it to USCIS, for under immigration law, it is still a conviction no matter if you received deferred adjudication or not and no matter if your case was non-disclosed or not (this includes expunctions as well). That is why it is very important to seek the assistance of a qualified and experienced immigration lawyer who can take early actions to make sure that you will be eligible for future immigration benefits.
To learn more about the approach of minor in possession attorneys or DUI lawyers that defend underage drinking or possession of drug charges, please contact our criminal defense attorneys at Goldstein & Scopellite, PC at 520-365-3185 in Tucson, Arizona. We may also be contacted online.