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I am an international student, 19 years old and was caught

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I am an international student, 19 years old and was caught with three bottles of alcohol that i bought with a fake ID last night in Chatham County, GA. It is my first offense and the violation was Under Aged drinking. What would be the most likely thing to do? and What penalty would i get in this case?

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Were you actually arrested for this offense?

Customer:

No, i got a citation and have to court this month

Alex J. Esq. :

What is the exact criminal charge that you are facing?

Customer:

Under aged drinking

Alex J. Esq. :

Were you also caught with this fake id?

Customer:

I had three bottles of liquor with me

Customer:

Yes, I also had to give the fake id to the officer

Alex J. Esq. :

Were you charged with the possession / use of a fake id?

Customer:

No, just under aged drinking, but in the citation also says how many bottles i had with myself

Alex J. Esq. :

Well this is a very serious misdemeanor charge

Alex J. Esq. :

It carries a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail of up to 12 months upon conviction.

Customer:

Is there any way to avoid prison?

Alex J. Esq. :

Also, since you are here on a student visa, it would be likely that your student visa would never be renewed and you might not be able to re-enter the US.

Alex J. Esq. :

you mean jail?

Customer:

I was sober at the moment thought

Customer:

yes i mean jail

Alex J. Esq. :

Prison is generally when someone is sentenced to more than 12 months.

Alex J. Esq. :

Well, you do need to consult with a very experienced local criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Alex J. Esq. :

It might be possible for the local experienced attorney to get you into the program which would subject you to fine and probation, but if you complete it, the case would be dismissed without a criminal conviction.

Alex J. Esq. :

does that make sense and is that something that you would want to do?

Customer:

Anything would be better than jail or the denial of my student visa

Alex J. Esq. :

Well, the student visa can be still effected.

Alex J. Esq. :

Unfortunately, getting charged with a crime, while on a visa is never looked favorably by the Department of State that issues visas or Homeland Security.

Alex J. Esq. :

Do you think that you have a drinking problem?

Customer:

I wouldn't say it is a drinking problem, it was just for a party and not all for myself

Customer:

it is also my first offense

Alex J. Esq. :

I understand.

Alex J. Esq. :

Are you aware that it is illegal for anyone under 21 to consume alcohol or to purchase it? Also, possession and use of a fake id can constitute a felony under Georgia law?

Customer:

I read that some states have this "First Offense"policy that gives more options to the people who commit it

Alex J. Esq. :

Right.

Alex J. Esq. :

Because it is your first offense, your local attorney might be able to get you in the first offender program that I have described to you.

Customer:

I wasn't aware of it as a felony. But i was aware of the legal drinking age

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Customer:

And what would be the least of the penalties i could get in this case?

Alex J. Esq. :

It will be likely at least a 1 year probation and up to $1,000 fine plus court costs, which can be up to $1,000 or even more.

Alex J. Esq. :

Do you have any related follow up questions?

Customer:

I think that would be all.

Customer:

thank you very much

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