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My son (17 and from SC) was charged with 18B-302(b)(1) while on vacation on Bald Head Island, NC on July 15, 2013. He was there with another family and there were 5 boys including my son who were in possession of alcohol. They all got this same charge and have to go to court at the Brunswick County court on September 13 in which they will have to miss school. The officer said to just show up at court, pay the fine and the worst thing that would happen would be 6 months probation. He also said that this would not follow them to college. So, I am asking you if this would be true?
So, I can enroll my son in an alcohol class in our state of SC and once he completes it then show the NC court? or would they only except a NC alcohol class?
And if they do put this on his record, but goes to a College/University in SC then will the SC College he applies to find out about his NC conviction?
***They say the applications will ask and you have to check yes or no to a conviction of this type and we think since it was not in SC he would check no. (But unsure??)
Thank you for your patience with me but lastly....and this is probably a silly question...but while I was waiting on your response I quickly looked up alcohol classes in our area and only found this online class. This would work better for us anyway...but is it good to take an online class vs. a real class?
http://onlinealcoholclass.com/Home/Minor-In-Possession (look at this if you don't mind)
***and if you agree with the online course which one in hours would you suggest? I would prefer the 8 hour since its the least expensive, but I think the 12 hour is good too. (i don't know I am just nervous about this whole thing!!)
Since it is just something to show that he has made an effort to address the issue as opposed to fulfilling a court-required mandate, I don't think it matters one way or another. It is really just to give him some information about the issue and to show the court/prosecutor he has taken the initiative to educate himself.
I will say I don't know anything about that site and whether it is credible or reputable. If you have a family doctor you may want to ask them if they are familiar with any sort of alcohol education classes offered by any medical-type facilities in the area.