Teenagers here in Atlanta and across the country will attend parties with their friends this summer. Unless you host the party yourself, you have no guarantee that alcohol will not be available at the parties that your teen attends. If a teenager ends up somehow crossing paths with law enforcement and is accused of an alcohol-related crime, it could jeopardize his or her future.
When it comes to alcohol-related charges against minors, a teenager could face numerous types of charges. Merely being in possession of alcohol could result in a charge. The teen could be accused of violating Georgia's open container laws, being intoxicated or even underage DUI. It might be tempting not to take these charges seriously or to let your child suffer the consequences as a learning experience, but that could be a mistake.
If the charges lead to a conviction, it could jeopardize opportunities for jobs or prospects for college. Instead of punishment, rehabilitation or some other form of intervention may be appropriate. It may also be possible to get the charges reduced or even dismissed entirely, depending on the underlying circumstances.
Every teen makes mistakes as they try to find their place in the world, but that does not necessarily mean that they should have to trade a prosperous future for those mistakes. In order to take advantage of any options your teen may have regarding alcohol-related charges, it would probably be a good idea to enlist the aid of an Atlanta criminal defense attorney. A thorough investigation of the charges could reveal weaknesses in the prosecution's case and provide opportunities for alternatives to a conviction that would better serve your child both now and in the future.