DC Alcohol Related Offenses

Several alcohol related offenses exist in DC criminal law.  The District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General or “OAG” prosecutes most alcohol related offenses in DC, including DUI’s.  Its not illegal to drink alcohol but the DC City Council has criminalized certain types of behavior combined with the consumption of alcohol.  Alcohol related crimes carry both fines and/or jail time.  However, the OAG may offer various diversion options for first offenders arrested for alcohol related offenses.  These options typically include post and forfeit (pay a fine with no admission of guilt) or deferred prosecution.  The main alcohol related offenses that the OAG prosecutes include

  • Underage Drinking or Misrepresentation of Ageglass-of-whiskey-1254218-m
  • Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in Public
  • Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Vehicle
  • Drinking in Public
  • Serving Alcohol to a Minor or Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
  • Disorderly Conduct

Therefore, if you are arrested for an alcohol related offense, you should consult an experienced DC criminal defense lawyer.  Contact Scrofano Law today for a free consultation.