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Teen facing charges for allegedly consuming alcohol at game

A Georgia teen is facing charges after an assistant principle notified law enforcement that the student was reportedly consuming alcohol at a football game. The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 12. A police officer, who was working security for the game, was notified of a teenager who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol by a school administrator.

The student was found near the restrooms, behind the stands, by the police officer, who detected the smell of alcohol on the teenager. The young man submitted to a breath test, which indicated a blood-alcohol level of .175. The youth is facing underage alcohol charges and was taken into custody by police.

Like many states, Georgia imposes strict penalties on those who are convicted of underage consumption of alcohol, including jail time, fines and probation. In addition, teenagers who have a police record may not be admitted to some colleges.

A criminal defense attorney may minimize the damage that a criminal record may do by either winning an acquittal or negotiating for drinking diversion. Depending on the nature of the charges and the jurisdiction, an attorney might help a teen avoid a criminal record through a drinking diversion program. The defendant and his or her parents might be required to complete class sessions and other activities. Upon successful completion, the teen may be released from any further legal consequences. On the other hand, if there is convincing evidence that the teenager did not consume alcohol, such as proof of a medical condition that results in a false positive result on a breath test, the defendant might be found not guilty.

Source: Calhoun Times, "Calhoun teen arrested for underage drinking at football game", September 12, 2014