Travis J. Tormey recently defended a client against charges of underage possession of alcohol in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15.
The client was 20 years old and was allegedly caught with a red Solo cup filled with beer while attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Morristown, New Jersey. Despite the fact that the client had no prior criminal history, she still faced significant, potentially life-altering consequences if convicted in this case. Based on the underage drinking charge being classified as a disorderly persons offense, the client was facing a permanent criminal charge on her record, a $1,000 fine, up to six months in the Morris County Jail in Morristown NJ, and a driver’s license suspension for six months.
The good news for the client was that she had Travis Tormey and the Tormey Law Firm on her side. As soon as the client hired the Tormey Law Firm, Mr. Tormey immediately got to work fighting on her behalf. Mr. Tormey spoke with the local prosecutor and highlighted the client’s lack of criminal history, her age, and her cooperation with law enforcement. Mr. Tormey was able to negotiate a favorable plea arrangement on behalf of the client. The client ultimately pleaded guilty to a local ordinance violation, which is a violation of local law and is similar to a littering ticket, noise violation, or leaving garbage at the curb on the wrong day. The end result was the client had to pay a fine. This meant that the client was able to preserve her clean record, avoid jail time, and maintain her NJ driving privileges.
This was a tremendous result for the client and for the Tormey Law Firm.