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Providing Alcohol to Minors Criminal Charge in New Jersey

Middlesex County New Jersey Criminal and DWI Lawyer

The Law Office of John F. Marshall represents individuals throughout New Jersey charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) (Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)), marijuana possession (Marijuana Possession & Distribution), possession of drug paraphernalia (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia) and simple assault (Simple Assault). In fact, our attorneys appear on a daily basis in all New Jersey municipalities. As a result, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of John F. Marshall for immediate assistance with your traffic or criminal charges. Contact our Middlesex office at 732-246-7126.

Proving Alcohol to Minors in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:33-17

In New Jersey, charges for providing alcohol to minors are codified in N.J.S.A. 2C:33-17 which provides:

§ 2C:33-17. Availability of alcoholic beverages to underaged offenses

a. Anyone who purposely or knowingly offers or serves or makes available an alcoholic beverage to a person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages or entices or encourages that person to drink an alcoholic beverage is a disorderly person.

This subsection shall not apply to a parent or guardian of the person under legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages if the parent or guardian is of the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages or to a religious observance, ceremony or rite. This subsection shall also not apply to any person in his home who is of the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages who offers or serves or makes available an alcoholic beverage to a person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages or entices that person to drink an alcoholic beverage in the presence of and with the permission of the parent or guardian of the person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages if the parent or guardian is of the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages.

b. A person who makes real property owned, leased or managed by him available to, or leaves that property in the care of, another person with the purpose that alcoholic beverages will be made available for consumption by, or will be consumed by, persons who are under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages is guilty of a disorderly persons offense.

This subsection shall not apply if:

(1) the real property is licensed or required to be licensed by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 33:1-1 et seq.;

(2) the person making the property available, or leaving it in the care of another person, is of the legal age to consume alcoholic beverages and is the parent or guardian of the person who consumes alcoholic beverages while under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages; or

(3) the alcoholic beverages are consumed by a person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages during a religious observance, ceremony or rite.