Defending Under-21 Clients Against Drug and Alcohol Charges
If you or your child has been accused of underage drinking, drug possession, driving under the influence, or any other under-21 alcohol- or drug-related offense under California law, you should talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
At The Law Office of Charles B. Smith, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of minors who have been charged with drug and alcohol crimes. San Mateo underage possession lawyer Charles B. Smith has more than 25 years of experience in the criminal justice system.
Working to Avoid License Suspension and Other Serious Penalties
In California, anyone under 21 who is convicted of any alcohol or drug offense automatically loses his or her driver's license for one year. This is the case not only for DUI but also for offenses that have nothing to do with driving, like underage drinking and simple possession.
While possession of one gram or less of marijuana is no longer a misdemeanor offense in California, it still carries the serous consequence of license suspension for minors.
Another drug or alcohol charge, in addition to license suspension, may carry a jail sentence and leave you or your child with a permanent criminal record. It is important to work with an experienced defense lawyer to explore your options for avoiding or reducing these penalties.
Mr. Smith — a former prosecutor and former police officer — is experienced at advocating with prosecutors and the courts to get these charges dismissed. Depending on the facts of your case, this may involve participation in outpatient drug and alcohol classes.
Call a San Francisco Underage Drinking Attorney at 650-425-7703
If you or your child has been charged with underage drinking or marijuana possession in California, call us at 650-425-7703 or e-mail us to schedule a free consultation. We accept credit cards, are available outside of regular business hours, and regularly visit our clients who are in jail.