Following high school, students can decide to further their education by entering college. In Georgia, college can provide students with liberties and freedoms associated with living independently that they were not previously exposed to. Young adults could be tempted with the commonality and presence of alcohol, especially when friends and fellow students are partaking in alcohol consumption. Until the students are 21 years old, drinking alcohol is illegal, and a citation for underage drinking can be issued by law enforcement.
This was the situation a 19-year-old college man was in when he was caught by police allegedly under the influence of alcohol. The incident reportedly began when the man reportedly tried to enter a stranger’s vehicle. Supposedly, the man was spotted by police as he was staggering across the street. When the student was asked where his destination was, he named a specific dormitory at the local college.
Police noted that the location of the dormitory was in the opposite direction of where the man was walking. Apparently, the student pleaded for the officer not to issue a citation because of a previous similar incident he was facing in another state. Although the officer issued the citation against the man’s wishes, the policeman offered to drive the student back to the dormitory where he was then released.
For any minor, underage alcohol citations or charges, ranging from public intoxication to DUI-related offenses, can be frightening and harrowing experiences. Potential loss of driver’s license, jail time, fines and other ramifications could create many sleepless nights for those who are trying to otherwise focus on school or starting their careers. Seeking a Georgia attorney can ensure that all evidence related to the underage drinking charges against an individual is thoroughly evaluated in order to determine the best defense strategy before any court proceeding.
Source: onlineathens.com, “Teen cited for underage drinking“, Joe Johnson, April 20, 2018