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Underage Possession of Alcohol
A favorite target for police officers in Athens, Georgia are persons under the age of 21 in possession of an alcoholic beverage. In Georgia “in possession of” includes consuming or being under the influence of alcohol. Anyone charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol will be arrested for a criminal offense with criminal punishments on their criminal record.
Officers also target college students at sporting events, especially tailgating parties outside football games. University students cited for this criminal offense also fact possible sanctions from their school which can lead to disciplinary action. Important: Although this is a criminal offense with serious criminal penalties, important defenses exist that can result in the charges being completely dismissed by the court or dropped by the prosecutor. No young person should walk into court to resolve the case without first meeting with an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss the best way to resolve the case.
In many of these cases, the police target college students between the age of 18 and 21. Although drinking by anyone under the age of 21 is illegal and potentially dangerous, the effects of a criminal prosecution can be severe particularly to a young person pursuing an education and career opportunities. Although the consequences can be serious, Georgia law also provides for important protections that can lead to the outright dismissal of charges by the court or the charges being dropped by the prosecutor.
Possible defenses include: