submitted by Carla V. Risoldi, LLC, risoldilawoffices.com
Q. My son was cited for underage drinking. We were offered a deal that he can take a class and they would dismiss the charges. Should we just take this deal?
A. It is difficult to answer this without knowing the specific deal you were offered. Many “diversionary programs” for underage drinking do not involve the charges being completely dismissed. Also, they may still result in the drivers’ license suspension, which can remain on your son’s drivers abstract for 10 years. Underage drinking cases are often defensible cases. Also, there are specific rules relating to expungement of underage drinking convictions. You should definitely consult with an attorney prior to making any deals, no matter how good they may look at first glance as there can be unanticipated consequences.
This is for general, informational purposes only. You should always consult with an attorney before making any important legal decisions or signing any legal document.