Alcohol Laws and Violations in Virginia – Criminal Lawyer in Fairfax

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Discuss Alcohol Possession, Consumption Prevalence:

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Is it a Problem?
Fairfax Criminal Lawyer Examines
the Raw Numbers

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is no secret that alcohol-related crimes are at the head of the pack when it comes to frequency of arrests…just take a look at the study our Virginia defense attorney and Fairfax criminal lawyer (and team) published last year covering the relative frequency of criminal charges in Fairfax County – alcohol – related offenses and driver’s license offenses constituted the majority of all criminal charges. We are a criminal defense firm serving all of Northern Virginia.

Regarding the aforementioned study: we chose Fairfax County as a prime population to study due to the diversity and sheer size of the population. That does not mean we do not regularly serve those charged with offenses in Prince William, Stafford, Loudoun, Arlington, Alexandria, etc.), and if you are in Virginia, then where you are, too: Ashburn. You can even take a look at a list of cities and counties where we serve, (though we are constantly adding to this list as we expand, and as more and more Virginians and out-of-state individuals recognize Vincenzes Law as a high-caliber, aggressive, and highly respected defense firm in Virginia, the list will continue to grow and eventually expend into Maryland and D.C. at the appropriate time.

Our Fairfax Criminal Lawyer Enjoys Educating Parents and Teens

So, what about the individuals behind these numbers?

What about polices in Virginia; and what about the statistics?

Virginia criminal lawyers alcoholIf you are a parent of a child or young adult accused of underage alcohol possession, a Virginia DWI offense, or perhaps, drunk in public in conjunction with another offense (a common one being, possession of marijuana), then this (our) website at Vincenzes Law, PLLC, is a safe-zone we feel is an appropriate place to start your research.

If you need to have an urgent discussion with a Virginia criminal lawyer serving Ashburn, (maybe because your loved one is in custody, or a court date is right around the corner), please do not hesitate to contact one of the Northern Virginia Criminal Lawyers who can help; our Virginia defense attorney and team leader, Brenton D. Vincenzes, will make all attempts to answer your call personally (but please note: Mr. Vincenzes is often in court, but will return your call personally as soon as he is able).

Time is precious in the context of criminal law; and according to our clients, a personal touch is also highly coveted. For this reason, it is our policy to reach all potential clients who leave a voice message or email by directly connecting them to our principal attorney and founding defense lawyer. In other words, you will not have to worry about receiving a call back from a non-attorney. We value your time. It is as simple as that.

Depending upon the charge you or your loved one faces, you will not only be able to find much information here online via our website, but you also should feel free to call or message us about your case. If we can help, we would be happy to do so. If we are not able to help you (because your case is to be heard in a jurisdiction far from Northern Virginia), our Fairfax criminal lawyer, Ashburn, and Prince William criminal defense attorney would be happy to direct you to a lawyer in Virginia who our firm can vouch for. We have friends and trusted attorney-peers all over the Commonwealth of Virginia.

(Preliminary) Statistics:

According to a report to Congress on the prevention and reduction of underage drinking, about 20% of individuals aged 12 to 20 reported binge drinking within the past month. This equates to about 182,000 people. As supporters of NORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws), it is the belief of our Northern Virginia defense attorney (the founder of Vincenzes Law, PLLC), that we (as a collective society) need to address alcohol and relax Cannabis laws, in order to send a better message to our children; increase awareness of dangers of driving while intoxicated (especially due to alcohol consumption); and, we need to stop the failed policies of the so-called war on drugs… Too many young adults are suffering career-ending court dispositions, because of the strange taboo when it comes to Cannabis. While no minor should ever consume an illegal drug or alcohol, the current Cannabis policies in the Commonwealth need reform, because in the opinion of our law firm and principal attorney Brenton Vincenzes, the policies of Cannabis prohibition could be leading to more alcohol use.

One thing we can all agree on: alcohol is dangerous and should be kept out of the hands of those who have displayed addictive tendencies toward the substance, and of course, out of the hands of minors. Furthermore, Virginia DWI is serious, and our Fairfax DWI lawyer cannot stress enough just how dangerous it is to get behind the wheel and drive intoxicated. With that said, our Fairfax DWI attorney never judges others, and as a firm, we understand people make mistakes.

eye-opening statistics for Virginia parents, Virginia teens, and young adults

Here is a collection of a few of the more eye-opening statistics: hand selected by our Fairfax County criminal defense attorney and the legal research team at the Vincenzes Law Firm.

  • 45,000 children as young as 12-14 years of age reported bring drinking within the past month
  • The number of potential years lost (as a result of premature alcohol-related death, for those under age 21) is a shocking 6,682 years.
  • People who are considered adults, but not legally allowed to drink, do not seem to let the legal status dissuade their habits: more than half of all adults ages 18 to 20 consumed alcohol within the past month.

This post is meant to prime readers for an upcoming post, which will cover the laws in Virginia concerning:

Underage Possession of Alcohol (but see our current page for information right away!)

–          Internal Possession (minors)

–          Purchasing Alcohol and related crimes

–          Identification Problems (fake ID)

–          Liability of Bar Owners

–          Social Host and Party Liability Laws…. AND MUCH MORE.

Our upcoming alcohol offenses post is already being touted as one of the most eye-opening articles released this year by editors at the preliminary stage. Public release is coming soon! In the meantime you may want to follow/like our Facebook page here, or follow Brenton D. Vincenzes himself, via Twitter, here. When a major article, publication, or announcement is publicly released, social media is one of the best ways to connect with our firm.

Expect the full post to be published or referenced by local (and possibly major) media outlets

NOTE TO MEDIA: please contact us before quoting anything from our article, per the request of founder and Principal Attorney, Brenton Vincenzes.

If you or a loved one – perhaps an adult child – is facing a charge that will potentially derail hopes and dreams, whether or not career related – please feel free to contact us and schedule a free consultation by phone or in-person. You may also request an online case evaluation, but for immediate service (if possible, based on volume) call


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If interested in the aforementioned report prior to our released summations, go here. Or here (PDF).

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Brenton D. Vincenzes is a lifelong Fairfax County resident and Fairfax Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is a member of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College of DUI Defense, NORML, and has been awarded the following in 2014-15: Top 100 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer (National Trial Lawyers) Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Defense Attorney (National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys) 10 Best in Client Satisfaction for Criminal Defense (American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys) Nationally Ranked Top 1% Attorney Award Recipient (National Association of Distinguished Counsel) As a local leader, Mr. Vincenzes mentors troubled youths, volunteers his time to serve at his church, takes select pro bono clients, and strives to improve the community. Mr. Vincenzes represents men, women, and juveniles through zealous and diligent advocacy, strategic planning, and skilled trial work preparation. Mr. Vincenzes' areas of criminal law practice are broad, and include most felonies and misdemeanors such as: reckless driving, DUI & DWI, drug offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, assault on an officer, destruction of property, alcohol offenses, firearm offenses, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud, and other theft offenses, and moving traffic violations among others. His private legal services are available in most Northern Virginia jurisdictions, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Stafford County, Alexandria, Manassas, Leesburg, South Riding, and other cities and towns.



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