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Prohibited Sale of 


"Prohibited Sales of Alcohol” is the title of the offense, however, it includes giving alcohol to minors or even allowing them to have access to it.


“Prohibited Sales” is a criminal offense and can carry a penalty of up to 12 months in jail if charged as a class A misdemeanor and a fine of up to $1,200.00 if charged as a class B misdemeanor.


In the local community this charge often arises because the police observe a 21 year old purchase alcohol while an under 21 year old friend waits outside the store. If the police see the alcohol being placed into the under 21 year olds possession or even in their car, they will stop and investigate. Even if the friend is simply being polite by helping their 21 year old friend carry their purchases, the police will arrest and charge. It is illegal to allow a person under 21 to have possession of the alcohol, even if it is only for a brief time.


Criminal arrests can trigger serious consequences for UNH and college-age students. Local arrests of UNH students often a result in a mandatory disciplinary meeting with your Dean’s office, a possible loss of scholarships, a loss of study abroad privileges, and a possible suspension from the University. Criminal convictions can also have serious impacts on future employment opportunities.


Criminal Defense Attorney Joanne M. Stella has over 20 years’ experience representing those charged with criminal offenses and has represented over 9,000 UNH students. If you are arrested you need competent legal representation. Attorney Stella will explain the process, guide you through the system and provide a strong and rigorous defense. Contact her for a free consultation.

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