Underage Drinking in New Jersey
Bergen County may be home to a profusion of bars, clubs, taverns, and pubs, but that does not mean that it is any easier for underage drinkers to receive service. With the passing of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984, a person must be at least 21 years of age in order to purchase alcoholic beverages, and drinking establishments throughout the U.S. require that younger patrons present legal identification in order to buy alcoholic beverages on their premises. When an individual under the age of 21 is caught drinking at a bar, he or she is subject to criminal prosecution. To learn more about the consequences of underage drinking in New Jersey public establishments, be sure to watch criminal defense attorney Carl Spector’s video below.
If an underage individual is in a bar and has been served alcohol, he or she will be charged with either a disorderly person defense or an indictable offense. Charges like these are coupled with a false identification charge, or bearing a fake ID, which is also an indictable offense. These cases often go to the county prosecutor, who will determine whether that case will be prosecuted at the superior court level as an indictable offense or returned to a municipal court or family court, depending on the severity of the charge.
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