A 19-year-old woman faces assault charges after allegedly fighting a detective who was questioning her about being an underage bar patron. According to report in The New Jersey Newsroom, the incident occurred at The Mason Jar in Ramapo. Officials with the Division of Alcohol Beverage Control were conducting an enforcement sweep throughout Bergen County when they allegedly witnessed the woman and a 19-year-old man of Mahwah being served alcohol without being asked for identification.
The woman faces New Jersey assault charges for allegedly kicking and punching a detective after attempting to flee the bar. She and the 19-year-old man face underage drinking charges and a 50-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were issued summonses for selling alcohol to them.
According to N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15: “Any person under the legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages who knowingly possesses without legal authority or who knowingly consumes any alcoholic beverage in any school, public conveyance, public place, or place of public assembly, or motor vehicle, is guilty of a disorderly persons offense, and shall be fined not less than $500.”
There are additional penalties for underage drinkers if they operate a motor vehicle, if they cause a disturbance, or if they resist arrest or assault an officer. It is possible in these types of instances for the underage drinker to face adult charges that will remain on their criminal record.
A NJ underage DUI defense attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein knows how to fight alcohol-related charges and how to keep underage drinkers out of jail. If you or a loved one has been arrested in New Jersey on underage DUI charges, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.