Anastasia Qvist is an outstanding lawyer. My criminal law situation (family violence order) was difficult, complex and Ana's diligence saved me as I was going through the most difficult period of my life. Ana is down to earth, commonsense and she even kept our costs to a minimum. She is a skilled litigator and knows the ins and outs of the ACT Magistrates Court. She dealt skillfully with the DPP and is an excellent negotiator. You will get a fair representation and she genuinely cares about her clients. She has my complete recommendation. The lady goes to bat for her clients.
I would strongly recommend Anastasia to anyone who is seeking legal representation. As a first-time offender who was charged with a Level 2 Drink Driving offence, she walked me through every step of the matter and was very upfront and clear on all aspects of my case. She was always accessible when I needed advice. Her approach and advice were excellent. Under her representation, I received the best possible outcome and managed to avoid a criminal conviction. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the whole matter.
Anastasia Qvist was very professional and helpful in every step of my matter. I got a very good outcome and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and the Armstrong Legal team in Canberra. I would highly recommend her!!!
Throughout Angela has been the consummate professional. She maintained a calm, yet strong demeanour remained informative and completely open in her communication and took complete ownership of the situation. We felt confident we finally had an advocate to steer us out of the nightmare we were in, and she did so with great respect and sincerity. I cannot speak more highly of Angela. She has literally rescued our family from what looked very much like a hopeless future.
Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Trudie Cameron being my solicitor and to Andrew Tiedt presenting my case in the court. They both have been very supportive and amazingly professional and effective. I’ve got an absolutely fantastic outcome I couldn’t even dream about.
Soon after meeting Andrew I knew he was the solicitor I wanted to handle my matter. He immediately sprang into action which brought me stability and hope during a tumultuous time in my life. Andrew was never afraid to give me straight answers to my tough questions which is a true mark of integrity. He is clearly at ease in the court environment and I believe his calm and measured demeanour went a long way to helping me secure the best result from my day in court. I would certainly recommend you approach Andrew if you need assistance.
"Andrew Tiedt was very professional and considerate to personal circumstances and gave sound advice that resulted in the best outcome possible. Highly recommended."
What is the Legal Drinking Age? (ACT)
The sale, supply and consumption of alcohol in the ACT is governed by the Liquor Act 2010. The act imposes various offences relating to unlawful sale and supply of alcohol, some of which relate to supplying alcohol to a person who is below the legal drinking age in the ACT.
The legal drinking age in the ACT is 18.
Supplying alcohol to a child
Under the act, there are a number of offences relating to supplying alcohol to a person under the age of 18. These include
- A licensee or permit-holder supplying alcohol to a minor at licensed premises (maximum penalty a fine of 50 penalty units);
- An employee of a licensee or permit-holder supplying alcohol to a minor at licensed premises (maximum penalty a fine of 10 penalty units);
- A person supplying alcohol to a minor at licensed premises (maximum penalty a fine of 20 penalty units).
However, it is a defence if the minor was aged 16 or older and had presented identification that appeared to prove they were over 18.
Child consuming alcohol
Under section 114 of the Liquor Act, a licensee or permit holder is guilty of an offence if a minor consumes alcohol at their licensed premises. This is punishable by a fine of up to 20 penalty units.
It is a defence to this offence if the minor was aged 16 or older and had presented identification that appeared to prove they were over 18.
Under section 115, a minor is guilty of an offence if he or she consumes alcohol at licensed, catered, or permitted premises. This is punishable by a fine of up to five penalty units.
Child possessing alcohol
Under section 116, a licensee or permit holder commits an offence if a minor possesses alcohol at their catered, licensed or permitted premises. This is punishable by a fine of up to 20 penalty units.
A minor commits an offence if they possess alcohol at licensed, catered or permitted premises and may be fined up to five penalty units.
Child supplying alcohol
It is an offence for a licensee or permit holder to employ a person who is below the legal drinking age to supply liquor within an adults-only area of the premises. This is punishable by a fine of up to 50 penalty units.
Sending child to obtain liquor
It is an offence under section 119 to send a person below the legal drinking age to obtain liquor from licensed premises. However, this offence does not apply if the young person is undertaking work or training at the premises. In other circumstances, a fine of up to 10 penalty units can be imposed.
Adults only areas of licensed premises
It is an offence for a person to allow persons below the legal drinking age to be in the adults-only area of licensed premises. This is punishable by a fine of up to 50 penalty units.
It is also an offence for a minor to be in the adults-only area of licensed premises. The young person can be fined up to five penalty units.
However, this offence does not apply if the young person is accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian.
A person working at licensed premises may refuse to supply alcohol to a person does not show proof of age identification when asked.
It is an offence for a minor to use fake identification to gain entry to licensed premises. A young person who does so may be fined up to five penalty units or issued with a caution.
If a staff member believes that an identification document that is presented is false, they may seize the document (provided that it is not a passport.)
If you require legal advice or representation in any legal matter, please contact Armstrong Legal.
WHERE TO NEXT?
If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.
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