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Charlotte area teens face criminal charges for underage drinking

An individual's teen years are often marked by many first successes and failures from which an individual learns and grows. It's during these formative years that a teen boy or girl begins exerting more independence and making more decisions on their own. Many adults can likely remember being a teen and recall the intense need to fit in, a need that may have lead one to engage in activities he or she knew were wrong or even illegal.

Several teenagers from the Charlotte bedroom community of Fort Mill were recently surprised at a private residence by a visit from the police. According to the police report, while his parents were out of town, a 17-year-old boy who lives at the home invited several friends over to his house to party.

Police officers learned that alcohol was being served at the party and entered the residence after the 17-year-old teen who lived there failed to come out to speak with them. At that time, officers administered breathalyzer tests on the teens in attendance. Those individuals who were not drinking were allowed to leave.

Police issued citations for minor possession to four teens including the 17-year-old who reportedly threw the party. Additionally, police arrested one 17-year-old male who failed to pass a breathalyzer test after telling officers he was not drinking and for reportedly being "disruptive."

The actions these teens and their parents take next are critical. While many North Carolina residents may believe that a minor possession charge is not that big of a deal, when it comes to applying to colleges or for scholarships, the existence of a criminal record is a big deal. What's more, an underage drinking citation may continue to have a negative impact on an individual's life when it comes to applying for law school or a job.

Charlotte area parents who have a teenage son or daughter who is facing criminal charges related to underage drinking would be wise to contact a criminal defense attorney.

Source: WBTV, "Teens caught at underage drinking party in Fort Mill," Nov. 24, 2014

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