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College Student Drinking a Beer

Flagstaff Police Cracking Down On Parties

College Student Drinking a Beer

The Flagstaff Police Department is cracking down on college parties that are generating noise complaints and hosting underage drinkers.

City of Flagstaff Police Department reports they will crack down on noise complaints and underage consumption associated with Northern Arizona University college parties. According to an article in the Arizona Daily Sun the Flagstaff Police Department are putting college students on notice “if you attend an underage drinking party, don’t be surprised if you end up in jail.”

Recently, Flagstaff Police Department arrested sixteen students between the age of eighteen to twenty one at the Grove Apartment for underage consumption, minor in possession of alcohol and contributing to the delinquency of minors, both class one misdemeanors. If you have been charged with a class one misdemeanor you can face up to 6 months in jail and fines of up to $2,500.00. The Grove Apartments is a new complex on Sawmill Road catering to NAU students just across the street from the police department.

Sgt. James Jackson of the Flagstaff Police Department stated the decision to give a warning and cite and arrest student or hosts of parties is at the discretion of the officer. However, given the increase in arrests of students for minor consumption, disorderly conduct and contributing the delinquency of minors it seems that officers are choosing to arrest students instead of giving them a warning. The Flagstaff Police Department is responding to increased pressure from residents who are fed up with all night parties and are demanding strict enforcement of noise violations.

In Arizona underage consumption or minor in possession of alcohol is a class one misdemeanor. A.R.S § 4-244.41 it is unlawful for a person under twenty-one of age to have in the person’s body any spirituous liquor. If you are found guilty at a bench trial or you plead guilty to minor in possession/underage consumption of alcohol you could face:

  • Penalties of up to $2500.00 plus surcharge and court costs;
  • Mandatory alcohol screening and education classes;
  • Driver license suspension up to 2 years;
  • A permanent criminal history.

Furthermore, a criminal history could have negative impacts on your education. A criminal arrest could lead to disciplinary action taken by Northern Arizona University, restrictions on student privileges and disqualification for student aid in the future.

The City of Flagstaff has the power to regulate noise complaints under City of Flagstaff Ordinance Section 6-08-001-0002. The Nuisance Noise ordinance states:

The following noise restrictions are hereby established for any area within the City:

A. The noise regulations of this Chapter shall apply on Monday through Friday between the hours of twelve o’clock (12:00) A.M. and six o’clock (6:00) A.M. and on Saturday and Sunday between the hours on one o’clock (1:00) A.M. and seven o’clock (7:00) A.M.

B. During the hours given in subsection (A), it shall be unlawful for any person, while outdoors or within a residential unit, to make or permit to be made any noise which is clearly audible within a residential unit other than that from which the noise may have originated.

C. The standards which shall be considered in determining whether a violation of this Section exists shall include the following:

  1. The volume of the noise;
  2. Whether the nature of the noise is usual or unusual;
  3. Volume of background noise, if any;
  4. The duration of the noise.

Specifically, the ordinance prohibits “loud” noise from Monday through Friday between 12:00 am until 6:00 am and on Saturday/Sunday from 1:00 am until 7:00 am. Further, officers are allowed to cite host of parties with a civil notice. If cited with a civil notice and an officer responds to the same location within 90 days, the City of Flagstaff can charge a police service fee. Basically, if the police respond to a subsequent noise complaint at the same location they can charge you for the cost of the officer who arrive on scene.

If you, a friend, or child is being prosecuted for minor consumption of alcohol, minor in possession of alcohol or contributing to the delinquency of a minor, contact the Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier and ask to speak with Matt or Tony at 928-774-5400. The Firm has handled hundreds of cases related to alcohol offenses and underage consumption and has amassed a wealth of knowledge to defend the rights of our clients.

If you have any questions or concerns or you need assistance in your criminal case, we offer a free 30 minute consultation discounted rates for students and convenient payment plans. Call us at 928-774-5400 and ask to speak with any of our attorney’s.

College Kids at a Bar Drinking

NAU Homecoming & Tequila Sunrise

College Kids at a Bar Drinking

Tequila Sunrise is an NAU tradition in which college students and residents alike join in a full day of drinking at bars prior to the school’s annual homecoming event.

The NAU Lumberjacks will be playing UC Davis on October 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm for homecoming. According to NAU’s website, homecoming has been a tradition since 1924 when NAU was known as the “Northern Arizona Normal School”. Homecoming includes traditional activities such as alumni gatherings, the annual bonfire, pep rally, Homecoming Dedicatee banquet, Homecoming Day Parade and the football game. For a full listing of NAU Homecoming activities click here.

NAU Tequila Sunrise Homecoming Tradition

Another unofficial NAU Homecoming Tradition is Tequila Sunrise the annual prelude to Homecoming. Tequila Sunrise is an event where students, alumni and residents patronize downtown bars until the Homecoming Parade starts. The downtown bars usually start serving patrons at 6 a.m. Saturday morning. For many alumni, Tequila Sunrise is a social event allowing alumni’s to reconnect with friends before the parade and game. According to the Lumberjack, Tequila Sunrise started in the late 70’s in The Latin Quarter and served patrons on the sidewalk with a chain link fence separating them from the parade.

During Tequila Sunrise, Homecoming Parade and the Homecoming Football game the Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier hopes everyone has a fun and safe time. We would like to remind students, alumni and residents that the City of Flagstaff has promised to “crack-down” on loud parties and underage consumption. Recently, it has been our experience that the Flagstaff Police Department is not issuing warnings for violations. Instead, the Flagstaff Police Department has been arresting students for minor consumption, disorderly conduct and noise violations.

If you have been arrested by the police and charged with a crime contact the Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier at 928-774-5400 and ask to speak with Tony Gonzales, Matt Poirier or Daniel Tom. We offer a free 30 minute consultation, easy payment plans and discount rates for all NAU students. If you are a student a criminal offense and/or criminal history could have a negative impact with NAU and your future career.

Minors with Alcohol in Car

Minor in Consumption or Possession of Alcohol

Minors with Alcohol in Car

Minor consumption of alcohol is a serious offense in the state of Arizona and one that could effect the accused regarding future job placement or educational opportunities.

Given the fact that minors who are charged with alcohol related offenses are ticketed rather than arrested and put in jail, many young offenders fail to recognize how serious the consequences can be for a minor in consumption or minor in possession of alcohol charge. If you, your child, is a minor facing alcohol related charges, it is of utmost importance that you speak with a knowledgeable defense attorney immediately.

Underage Consumption in Arizona: Know the Repercussions

Minor consumption and underage consumption should be taken seriously because it is a crime and a class one misdemeanor. In the State of Arizona it is illegal for any person to possess or have in their system alcohol. Consequences of underage consumption or possession of alcohol can vary depending on the circumstances related to the offense; nonetheless, both legal penalties as well as other non-legal ramifications must be considered if you or someone you know is convicted of a crime.

Legal Penalties for Minor Consumption / Possession

Underage consumption, possession or using a false identity to obtain alcohol can result in the following legal penalties:

  • Alcohol and/or substance abuse treatment;
  • Fines of up to $2,500 plus surcharges and court costs.
  • Driver’s license suspension of up to 2 years;
  • A permanent misdemeanor criminal record; and
  • Mandatory community service and/or substance abuse education class.

Additionally, criminal offenses of this sort are likely to carry negative consequences affecting the following areas of life:

  • Employment, both future and current;
  • Student privileges/status- offenses often result in disciplinary action being taken by educational institutions;
  • Acceptance to college and/or other educational opportunities;
  • Government programs; and
  • Scholarships and/or student aid.

If you are NAU/CCC student or a parent of a NAU student that has been arrested for minor consumption, minor in possession of alcohol, or minor driving under the influence of alcohol call the Law Offices of Gonzales and Poirier at 928-774-5400. The Law Offices of Gonzales and Poirier has dealt with hundreds of alcohol related offenses in courts throughout Northern Arizona and we can assist you in your case. We understand that you are students and offer discounts and easy payment plans for every budget.

If you already plead guilty to the crime of minor consumption, minor in possession of alcohol or minor driving under the influence see our previous blog on motions to set aside here. Call us at 928-774-5400 to discuss your case. Remember each criminal case is unique and this article is not a substitute to consulting an attorney.


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