In Massachusetts, Plainville investigators are seeking to charge a 19-year-old man with purchasing alcohol as a minor and procuring alcohol for a minor. According to Plainville Police Lt. Jim Alfred, Brian Zuzick is alleged to have asked a 21-year-old North Attleboro friend to buy alcohol for Zuzick’s sister Paige and 17-year-old Taylor Meyer. Zuzick is accused of giving each of the girls a bottle of rum on October 17.
Meyer’s body was found in a swampy area in the woods in Norfolk on October 20, three days after her disappearance following a post-Homecoming game party at the abandoned Norfolk airport. Investigators say she drowned.
If Zuzick is convicted, he could be ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, have his license suspended for 180 days, and spend a year in prison. In October, Christopher Moran, 18, pleaded not guilty to charges that he brought alcohol to the party where Meyer was last seen. Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances that lead to Meyer’s death.
Last month, at least 13 of Meyer’s schoolmates, all underage teens, were arraigned in Wrentham District Court for their attendance at a drinking party at a local home. Police say they found alcoholic beverages and marijuana at the event.
If you have been arrested for an alcohol-related criminal offense in Massachusetts, you should speak to a Boston criminal defense lawyer about your case. Massachusetts has strict laws about buying alcohol or serving it to minors. It is also illegal for Massachusetts minors to buy or drink alcohol.
Criminal charges sought in teen’s death, Boston.com, December 17, 2008
Teen Arrested In Taylor Meyer Probe, WBZ, October 30, 2008
Laws Related to Alcohol, MIT
The best chances of combating such charges is to speak with an experienced Boston criminal defense attorney. Altman & Altman LLP represents minors arrested for juvenile crimes and adults arrested for or charged with crimes in Massachusetts.