Athens is a college town, and as such, many students under the age of 21 are arrested and charged with Underage Possession of Alcohol. So what does it take to be charged, and what is the punishment for such a charge?
To be charged, an officer only needs to testify that he smelled the odor of alcohol on your breath if you are under 21. This can be enough for a charge and conviction, even without a test for alcohol being performed.
According to Georgia statue 3-3-23, the punishment for this crime (for a first offense) can include:
-No more than 6 months imprisonment
-A fine of no more than $300
-License suspension of 6 months
Subsequent offenses have even higher penalties. Crimes like this can stay on your record for life, and could possibly affect your ability to get a job.
If you have been charged with this or a similar offense, attorney Joseph Lariscy will work with you to resolve and/or reduce the consequences of such a charge. For a free consultation call (706)389-4375 or contact us online for legal assistance.