In Nevada, Chapter 202 of Title 15 defines certain kinds of behaviors that are considered to be crimes against public health and safety. Among the different subcategories of offenses made illegal in Chapter 202 are crimes related to alcoholic beverages.
While it is legal for adults to purchase, possess, and consume alcohol in Nevada, there are a variety of rules prohibiting minors from involvement with alcoholic beverages. One of those rules is found in Nevada Revised Statute section 202.040, which is a law prohibiting a minor from falsely representing himself or herself for the purposes of obtaining alcoholic beverages.
A minor who is convicted of a violation of N.R.S. 202.040 could face serious penalties and could also be left with a record of a criminal act that follows him for the rest of his life. Young people may find their career and educational opportunities curtailed by a criminal record, so minors and parents of minors who are accused of breaking alcohol-related laws should reach out to an attorney who is familiar with defending clients accused of offenses made illegal in Chapter 202.
LV Criminal Defense can provide the representation young people require to fight to keep their record clear and avoid conviction after being accused of falsely representing themselves to buy alcohol. If you or your child has been arrested or charged with an offense under Chapter 202, give our Vegas criminal attorneys a call today to find out about how we can provide personalized help.
There are several provisions within Chapter 202 that prohibit minors from trying to buy alcohol and that prohibit minors from possessing alcohol. There are also rules under Nevada law that prohibit store, restaurant, and bar owners from selling alcohol to minors and rules prohibiting minors from loitering in locations where alcohol is stored. Stores that sell alcohol or facilities that serve it, such as bars without a separate dining area, typically must take steps to ensure that minors are not getting ahold of alcoholic beverages.
However, young people regularly try to circumvent safeguards put in place to restrict access to intoxicating substances. One of the key ways that minors do this is by falsely representing their age or who they are. It is this false representation that has been made illegal under Nevada Revised Statute section 202.040.
According to N.R.S. 202.420, any minor who falsely represents that he or she is 21 or older for the goal of obtaining intoxicating liquor even though he or she is not 21 can be found guilty of this offense. The crime of falsely representing yourself to buy liquor is considered to be a misdemeanor offense. There is a possibility of incarceration with a misdemeanor, although many people convicted under N.R.S. 202.040 do not actually end up jailed – at least for a first offense. Still, being left with a criminal record can have far reaching consequences in-and-of-itself.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
If you or your child has been accused of false representation by a minor for purposes of obtaining intoxicating liquor, it’s important that you understand the options that you have available to you for defending against misdemeanor charges.
Vegas criminal attorneys at LV Criminal Defense can provide advice on the nature of the charges, on what prosecutors will be obligated to prove, and on what you can do to raise affirmative defenses.
Our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can provide personalized advice throughout your case so you can work towards getting the best outcome possible, whether this comes through negotiating a plea deal, entering a pre-trial diversion program to try to avoid a record, or getting an acquittal or charges dismissed in court. To find out more about how our Vegas criminal law firm can help you, give us a call today.