Defending People Charged with Serving or Selling Alcohol to Minors
If you are under investigation or have been arrested and charged with the crime of Selling Alcohol To a Minor, Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, or somehow making alcohol available to a minor it is critical to find an experienced criminal lawyer to represent you and work to negotiate a dismissal of your case to protect your clean record. Receiving a criminal conviction for selling alcohol to a minor, furnishing alcohol to a minor, or contributing to the delinquency of a minor can carry with it serious financial and long-term consequences. In addition to being fined up to $4,000 by the State of Texas, a conviction for selling alcohol to a minor or furnishing alcohol to a minor can result in the loss of your employment, a tarnished reputation and an inability to further work in an environment where you may serve alcohol to the public. You need a defense lawyer on your side in court.
What Constitutes Selling Alcohol to a Minor in Texas?
According to Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, Title 4: Regulatory and Penal Provisions, Chapter 106: Provisions Relating to Age, Section 106.03, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office will be required to prove the following elements of Selling Alcohol to a Minor beyond a reasonable doubt:
“A person commits an offense if with criminal negligence he sells an alcoholic beverage to a minor. A person who sells a minor an alcoholic beverage does not commit an offense if the minor falsely represents himself to be 21 years old or older by displaying an apparently valid proof of identification that contains a physical description and photograph consistent with the minor’s appearance, purports to establish that the minor is 21 years of age or older, and was issued by a governmental agency. The proof of identification may include a driver’s license or identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety, a passport, or a military identification card.”
Fines & Punishment for Conviction of Selling Alcohol to Minors in Texas
According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, the crime of Selling Alcohol to a Minor and Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor is designated as a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in Tarrant County jail and up to a $4,000 fine. If you are facing charges for selling to a minor, contact an experienced legal team. A defense lawyer for selling alcohol to a minor charges can help you fight these serious allegations and clear your name.
Most People Charged with Selling Alcohol to a Minor Were Simply Doing Their Job
The most common scenario in which a Tarrant County citizen is arrested for Selling Alcohol to a Minor or Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor is when the citizen is working at a restaurant or bar or employed as a clerk at a gas station or convenience store and is setup by agents employed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). Commonly, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will send in a young agent that may appear to be close to 21 years of age into a gas station or restaurant and attempt to purchase an alcoholic beverage from an unsuspecting clerk or waiter.
Commonly, the store clerk or waiter or waitress may have assumed a previous employee had checked the customer’s identification or may have been busy with additional work and failed to request identification at the time of purchase. Usually, the arrested store clerk or waiter/waitress has no prior criminal history. Despite this, the police officers will require the clerk or waiter to spend the night in jail and face the prospect of losing their job and their reputation in the community.
If you have been arrested for Selling Alcohol to a Minor or Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor it is critical that you take the right legal steps to prevent this criminal allegation from limiting your future employment opportunities. In order to obtain the best result, you must hire a selling alcohol to a minor defense attorney who will thoroughly explain your legal rights available to you and fight to keep this charge off of your criminal record.
Call a Defense Attorney for Selling Alcohol to a Minor Charges
I am a dedicated defense lawyer that will fight aggressively to keep these charges off of your criminal record and do everything within my power to negotiate a dismissal of your Selling Alcohol to a Minor case. As a former misdemeanor and felony prosecutor in Tarrant County, Texas, I have considerable experience working in the Courts of Tarrant County and will work to provide you as many options as possible to have your case dismissed and expunged from your criminal record.
Call The Hampton Law Firm now for a free consultation and an opportunity to speak to me about the facts of your case and the legal options you have under Texas law. Call Jeff Hampton at The Hampton Law Firm at 817-877-5200.