Alcohol-Related Crimes Attorneys
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From a minor in possession of alcohol to driving while intoxicated (DWI) to intoxication assault and manslaughter charges, alcohol-related crime allegations can change a person’s life and prospects. Unlike most criminal charges that include an intentional act that hurts another, alcohol-related crimes can affect those who would never intentionally harm another person. Because of the large amounts of money made by municipalities and government agencies related to these types of offenses (specifically minors in possession and driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence), arrests can be made too quickly.

Exceptional criminal representation can change the trajectory of an alcohol-related event.

Why MC Criminal Law? 


With more than 30 years of criminal experience and 300 trials between us, Messina Madson and Kendall Castello know how to analyze and attack these kinds of criminal prosecutions. We know the issues involved as well as many of the prosecutors and judges. We have handled hundreds of these cases as both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys. Understanding the prosecutor’s mindset and the weaknesses of these types of allegations, our firm has achieved great results in many cases—including reductions to lesser charges and dismissals—often keeping the allegations from ever becoming public.

Personal Attention

MC Criminal Law is committed to providing extensive, personalized attention. Unlike law firms that depend upon high volumes of cases, we choose to work with few clients for exceptional results.  If that sounds like what you are looking for, we are an ideal firm.

I am beyond thankful. My life is back on track. I'm sober, recently married, and have returned to school all with a baby boy on the way. I feel that Kendall's services helped me break a cycle of depression and hopelessness.  – Marshall S.

Types and Levels of Alcohol-Related Crimes

Class C Misdemeanor – Up to $500 fine

Purchase of Alcohol by a Minor

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor

Possession of Alcohol by a Minor

Misrepresentation of Age by a Minor

Public Intoxication

Possession of Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by a Minor (DUI)

Class B Misdemeanor – Up to 180 days in jail and up to $2,000 fine

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)

Class A Misdemeanor – Up to 1 year in jail and up to $4,000 fine

Driving While Intoxicated, 2nd Offense (DWI 2nd)

Driving While Intoxicated with Alcohol Concentration above 0.15

Sale of Alcohol to a Minor

Purchase of Alcohol for a Minor

State Jail Felony – Up to 2 years and not less than 180 days and up to $10,000 fine

Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger (under 15 years old) (DWI Child)

Third Degree Felony – 2 to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 fine

Driving While Intoxicated, 3rd Offense (DWI 3rd)

Intoxication Assault

Second Degree Felony – 2 to 20 years in prison and a up to $10,000 fine

Intoxication Manslaughter


DWI—Case Not Filed by Police Department

Client pulled over after an altercation with another driver. Police investigated and arrested for DWI. The government lacked sufficient evidence that the client was intoxicated. Case was never filed by the police department.

DWI—Case Reduced to Obstruction of a Highway

Client was arrested for DWI and test results came back showing both alcohol and methamphetamine in client’s system. Based on low alcohol test results and showing that methamphetamine found in system could have been inactive at the time of driving, DA’s office agreed to offer an obstruction of a highway.

DWI—Case Reduced to Obstruction of a Highway

Client was arrested for DWI. Blood test results showed both alcohol and marijuana in his system. Demonstrated that blood results conflicted with the officer’s findings at the scene and showed that the alcohol result would have been very near the legal limit when the defendant was driving. DA’s office offered an obstruction of a highway instead of DWI charge.

DWI—Time Served Despite Scientific Findings Showing a Blood Alcohol Content of Above 0.15

Client was highly intoxicated at the time of driving. Able to negotiate a settlement for time served on the case without a finding that the blood alcohol level was 0.15 or higher when driving. This result prevented our client from having to serve additional jail time or up to two years of probation.

Felony DWI 3rd—Case Reduced to Misdemeanor DWI

Client arrested for DWI for 3rd time. Scientific blood results showed that our client’s alcohol level was above the legal limit. We were able to negotiate a settlement that allowed our client to plea to a misdemeanor DWI charge, avoiding a felony conviction for the client.

Minor in Possession—Case Dismissed and Expunged

Client was driving a car with multiple teenage occupants. A bottle of alcohol was found in the vehicle that client admitted was one left in the car a few days earlier by his parents. Although technically in possession of the alcohol, we were able to negotiate a dismissal allowing for an immediate expunction for the charge.

Public Intoxication—Case Dismissed and Expunged

Client was found in his car parked in a parking lot. When officers contacted him, he threw up and was charged with public intoxication. We were able to demonstrate that police officers failed to take the necessary steps to show that his sickness was caused by intoxication and not another issue. Case was eventually dismissed and immediately expunged.

Minor in Possession—Case Dismissed

Client was cited with other teenagers at an outdoor party for having alcohol. Officer had photos of client with a bottle in her hands and client admitted to having the alcohol. We were able to negotiate a dismissal of the charge and the case is eligible for expunction.