Even though an underage drinking violation is only a summary citation, it can have a serious impact on your life. The penalties for this offense include fines and costs as well as a mandatory license suspension. The suspension for a first offense is 90 days, for a second it is 1 year and for third or subsequent offenses the suspension is 2 years. Summary citations are usually handled in front of a Magisterial District Judge.

A recent client was charged with an underage drinking violation and was concerned about how such a charge would affect employment. Our criminal law attorneys were able to ensure this client’s placement in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program on an alternative charge of public drunkenness. If the client pays the costs on the case and does not receive any new criminal charges, the client’s record will be expunged in approximately 90 days. This means that the client avoided a license suspension, higher fines and costs and a criminal record.

If you’ve been charged with an underage drinking citation or any other summary violation, contact our criminal lawyers today at 610-372-5128 or submit your case using the “Ask an attorney” link and see what we can do to help you.