Over the long weekend, in Bedford, New Hampshire, Matthew Gendron decided to have a party. He invited friends and prepared by buying large quantities of alcohol to stock the fridge of his apartment at 95 McAllister Road. Saturday night, the house began to fill up.
Unfortunately for Gendron, some of the attendees were not over the age of 21. When a neighbor called in a noise complaint, which Lieutenant Michael Barnard described to The Union Leader as "a report of yelling and screaming in the area."
The local police arrived at the 24-year-old's residence to investigate and found a bevy of underaged individuals with beers and other alcohol on their person.
In total, 14 people were arrested at the house during the early morning hours on Sunday. Gendron, the supposed facilitator, has been charged with facilitating an underage alcohol party, while the other suspects, who were all between the ages of 18 and 20 and hailed from all over the East Coast, have been charged with illegal possession of alcohol. None of them reportedly live in New Hampshire.
The possession charges, which are Class B misdemeanor offenses according to police, do not carry any prison time. Rather, a maximum fine of $1,200 could be handed down.
Barnard did not discuss whether Gendron would face prison time or a permanent blemish on his criminal record if convicted in the case. The arraignment for all those charged in connection with the party is scheduled for November 5 at the Merrimack District Court.
If you or your child has been charged with unlawful possession of alcohol or a similar charge in the Granite State, an experienced New Hampshire attorney can help defend your case in court and ensure that a simple mistake does not become a lifelong detriment.