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are you interested in the penalities to the 17 yr old or the parents and are those his parents - and where did he get a alcohol
a parent can allow the consumption of alcohol for their own child in their own home. so i am curious as to why the police were called - was the minor drinking in the home or did he come home and start trouble with his family -
if that is the case, he is looking at a fine of at least $100, probation and the loss of his driver's license for at least six months. the father would be responsible for defense toward the assault of the police officer and that is a big one - depending on what they eventually charge him with and it can go from simple assault to aggravated assault - a misdemeanor to a felony carrying possible penalties from up to 2 years in prison to up to 10 years in prison.
of course, his best recourse is to consult with a lawyer in his area who can help to knock those charges down to the lowest and also if the alcohol was provided just to his minor child - have that charge against the son reevaluated because he was in his own home.
if that is the case, he is looking at a fine of at least $100, probation and the loss of his driver's license for at least six months and because of his priors i am sure he will need to take some sort of alcohol and/or drug counseling. as to the responsibility of the Father - he would hve to knowingly and willing allowed the alcohol consumption of his son, to be convicted of a charge of that nature