Alcohol Law Enforcement agents (ALE) have the responsibility to investigate, cite, and arrest for criminal offenses surrounding alcohol sales, among other public health and safety offenses. Part of ALE investigations target the sale of alcohol to minors under the legal age of consumption. For example, ALE agents may investigate a grocery store or restaurant with a license to sell alcohol to ensure that underage individuals are not purchasing alcohol. Even more so, local police departments can partner with the ALE agency to ensure that people who violate laws about alcohol purchases are criminally cited.
Fake IDs used by individuals who are underage may be a subject of an ALE or police investigation if they attempt to buy alcohol using their fake ID. College students at North Carolina State University and Duke, or sometimes high school students, could get a fake ID by using an online website or an invalid ID passed down from a friend. If that ID is then used to buy alcohol, a law enforcement officer could be called or already be at the location to give a criminal citation. More specifically, when using a fake ID to purchase alcohol, the use could lead to a criminal citation for possessing a fake ID, possessing alcohol underage, or for providing alcohol to someone underage.
If you are given such a citation in Wake, Durham, Chatham, Johnston or Orange County, call Granados Law Group, PLLC for a free consultation. We have handled cases for students and underage individuals given a citation in both counties, so we can properly advise on potential outcomes. Our goal is to negotiate with the District Attorney assigned to your case to try and get the opportunity to earn a dismissal of the citation. If you’re a Duke student and received a drinking ticket we can help. We handle drinking ticket defense, Fake ID defense and underage drinking tickets for students at Duke, NC State and UNC, Chapel Hill. The goal for most of our clients is a dismissal and then an expungement of all public records. A dismissal of the criminal charge would allow our office to start work on an expungement of the student’s criminal record. Even if a case is dismissed it will still show up on background checks and be an unwanted questions for job interviews – unless it’s erased through the expungement process.
You can reach us at Granados Law Group, PLLC by calling our office at 919-650-2851.