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Legal Advice - September 2, 2008, 11:02 PM

A friend of mine recently got an underage alcohol possession charge (I swear it's a friend of mine and not me, I'm actually of age) and is scheduled to appear in court soon. What should he/she expect the outcome of their court appearance to be, (i.e. community service, fines ect..)?

He/she has talked to a few other people who have gotten a similar charge and said that they hired a lawyer to deal with the charge. Is a lawyer really necessary, my friend is a poor college student who pretty much supports him/her-self and really can't afford a lawyer, unless the cost of hiring a lawyer is less than the potential fine he/she may face.

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September 2, 2008, 11:04 PM

probably just a fine... worst case fine and community service.
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September 2, 2008, 11:52 PM

happened to me. it was just a fine, but that was around '90. I didn't lawyer up. I imagine things may have changed in the last 18yrs, but who knows.
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A buddy of mine got busted early last year with providing drinks to minors. Opps. Should of had someone on the door...anyways. He was able to get a fine and community service.
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September 3, 2008, 10:53 AM

what kind of fines are we talking about, ~$500?


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I think his was like $500ish yeah. Good luck to your buddy.
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September 3, 2008, 11:55 AM

was the person driving or in public or being stupid? All that is taken into account. Underage drinking is pretty rampant. As long as the person isn't 12 years old or something.
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just in public, and not even being stupid. The police basically showed up at a house we were at so we were going to leave and we were out in the street and they busted up everyone who wasn't 21.


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September 3, 2008, 02:53 PM

did your friend have alcohol on them or did the cop breathalize? What was his reasonable suspicion?


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September 3, 2008, 04:01 PM

$300ish fine 50-75 hours CS..... they give you up to a year to pay the fine, it helps if your friend brings a couple of letters from professors that they are in good standing and also professional ones like work or a good friend with a good job. Oh if they are already "volunteering" somewhere everything is smoother.... good luck!
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September 3, 2008, 07:42 PM

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did your friend have alcohol on them or did the cop breathalize? What was his reasonable suspicion?
The cop just breathalized my buddy. I assume that one of the neighbors called in a noise complaint and so the cops showed up, they had already busted up a few others so I guess that was reason enough to breathalize my friend.

ravenripper: thats a good idea, thanks for the advice.


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September 3, 2008, 07:46 PM

They have upped zero tolerance havent they? Or is that just for DWIs?


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The cop just breathalized my buddy. I assume that one of the neighbors called in a noise complaint and so the cops showed up, they had already busted up a few others so I guess that was reason enough to breathalize my friend.

ravenripper: thats a good idea, thanks for the advice.
why did he submit to the test? If all he was doing was walking out of the house, the cop just can't breathalize for the hell of it.. there must have been some behavior.. or it seems to me that there wasn't grounds for the test. Any LEO's on here have some more insight on this? I'm no lawyer.. but that sounds facked up to me.


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