Robert F. Rider, PLC. Publishes Information on College Students and Alcohol Use


According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 80 percent of college students consume alcohol, with approximately 50 percent engaging in binge drinking. Many students engaging in this behavior aren’t of legal age to consume alcohol, and students charged with underage drinking often fail to recognize the consequences of an underage drinking conviction. Anyone charged with this crime needs the assistance of a criminal defense attorney, and Robert F. Rider ( provides this assistance.

“Virginia takes the crime of underage drinking very seriously. A student convicted of this crime may find he or she has no driver’s license and is required to complete 50 hours of community service. If the student is under 18 years of age, he or she may be prohibited from obtaining their driver’s license for an extended period of time, by court order. Individuals charged with underage drinking while behind the wheel of a vehicle are often shocked to learn the BAC threshold is 0.02% rather than 0.08% for those ages 18 and older. Others discover they must pay a fine of $500 when convicted of this crime. A criminal defense attorney works to reduce these charges or have them dropped completely,” Robert F. Rider explains.

Others learn they are being charged with the purchase of alcohol by a minor. The use of fake identification to purchase alcohol often leads to the suspension of the driver’s license, and individuals find that Virginia doesn’t allow much leeway in situations like this, as they wish to protect their children. For this reason, legal representation continues to be essential when one is charged with this type of crime.

“Contact the law firm to obtain this representation. Underage possession and consumption are charges frequently handled by the firm, providing the representation students of Virginia Tech need. This remains one type of case a person should never handle alone, as the consequences can follow the student for life,” Rider continues.

The same holds true for those charged with possession of marijuana. Virginia remains one state that has yet to legalize the use of this drug for recreational or medical purposes, therefore individuals charged with possession face serious penalties, including jail time for a first offense. Robert F. Rider represents clients accused of this serious crime.

“Don’t let a mistake in youth follow you for life. Contact the firm today to obtain legal counsel. Doing so could lead to the charges being reduced or dropped completely. Staff members remain on call to assist clients at all times, so don’t delay. The sooner the firm takes the case, the sooner a defense can be established,” Rider states.

About Robert F. Rider, PLC
Robert F. Rider started his career as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Roanoke, Virginia and served in that position for a period of three years before advancing to Commonwealth Attorney. He remained in that position for many years before entering private practice. Now Mr. Rider’s practice focuses solely on criminal defense litigation and tax debt relief legal representation. Cases taken include those involving traffic violations, DUI charges, sex crimes, and more. Clients in need of a criminal defense attorney turn to Robert F. Rider, PLC. for innovative solutions to complex cases.

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