One crime that can have very serious consequences in criminal defense cases is the crime of furnishing alcohol to minors. The crime of furnishing alcohol to minors is fairly self- explanatory. Firearm charges In order for a criminal defendant to be found guilty of this crime, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania must prove the following criminal elements beyond a reasonable doubt. First, that the accused intentionally and knowingly sells or gives or buys alcohol with the intention of giving the liquor or alcohol to someone who is less than 21 years of age. And second, that the accused knew that the person receiving or buying the alcohol was under 21 years of age. This crime is graded as a misdemeanor of the third degree and therefore punishable by a maximum of 1 year in prison and a $2500 fine. However, the significant impact of this crime can occur if one of the minors commits other crimes after he or she received the alcohol from the defendant.
In the realm of Criminal Defense, the crime of Furnishing alcohol to minors can have serious consequences on an accused, in particularly if the minor who received the alcohol commits another crime. Preliminary Hearing An example of this is a house party where the party is being chaperoned by someone over the age of 21. In this example the person over 21 purchased the alcohol and permitted the minors to drink and get drunk on his property. After the minors got drunk he saw them leave his property holding car keys in their hands. The person chaperoning might find himself charged with involuntary manslaughter, If one of those individuals is intoxicated and gets into a car accident where he kills another person. The person who supplied the alcohol to the minors could be found guilty of such a crime because he permitted drunk underage folks to leave his home with knowledge that they were going to drive. Make sure to contact an experienced Chester County Criminal Lawyer at the Law Offices of Kelly & Conte.