Crackdown on Underage Drinking at Jones Beach Concerts

New York State is targeting fake IDs and underage drinking at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre

Operation Prevent is a multi-agency effort by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Division of Field Investigation, the New York State Liquor Authority, the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies.  The agencies are partnering to identify and prosecute underage drinking and fake IDs. They are targeting visitors at the Jones Beach Amphitheatre and throughout the New York State Park system. The agencies are also partnering to conduct sweeps at popular summer bars in the Hamptons, Montauk and on Fire Island. 

The State reported issuing over 139 summonses statewide in April and May.  In 2017 the 150 arrests for fake IDs were reported at the Jones Beach Theatre alone.

If you are under 21 and are caught using a fake ID to buy alcohol in you face arrest or being issued summons to appear in Criminal or Traffic Court. In addition, you will also be subject to revocation of your driver's license for a minimum of 90 days or as long as one year.

If you are under 21 and are caught using a fake ID to buy alcohol in addition to being arrested or issued a summons to appear in Criminal or Traffic Court you will also be subject to revocation of your driver's license for a minimum of 90 days or as long as one year.

You could face charges including Possession of a forged or fictitious license is a violation of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law § 509-6, which carries potential fines of up to $300.00, jail of up to 15 days, New York State mandatory surcharges of up to $93.00, plus local agency fees and surcharges.  Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, New York State Penal Law § 170.25 is a class D Felony offense, which carries potential fines of up to $5,000.00 , jail of up to 2 1/3 -7 years, up to 5 years of probation, New York State mandatory surcharge of $300.00, crime victim fee of $25.00 and $50.00 DNA databank fee. 

If you are issued a summons or are arrested for underage drinking or in possession of a fake ID do not plead guilty or consent to a suspension of your driver's license without seeking the advice of an experienced attorney. Contact our office immediately for a free consultation.

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