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My son has gotten a under age drinking ticket in portage county ohio what is his best thing to do when goes in front of the judge april 10. He is joining the marines and leaves july 23 so we don't want this to mess that up

Lawyer's Assistant: Has your son talked to an Ohio lawyer about this?

No we talked to the clerk of courts but they are not giving us the best coarse of action

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps has your son taken so far?

So far nothing he's out of the state right now and we have talked to our neighbor who a cop. He told us to have him plea not guilty and it will be sent to the prosecutor and hopefully it will be reduced to a lesser charge

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

We have be told theres a diversion program he might be able to take but we are not sure if he will be offered this or not. i guess that will depend on the judge.

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Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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You/ your son should consider hiring a criminal defense attorney to represent him in this process.

You can contact the Ohio State Bar for a referral to a criminal defense lawyer in your area.

The phone number is:

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Depending on the specific facts of his case, the arrest, and criminal procedure that was followed, there may be some grounds by which a defense attorney could get this case dismissed.

With regards ***** ***** diversion program, yes there is a diversion program reserved for first time offenders only, so your son would qualify for the program.

The way the program works is that there are rehabilitative/ educational classes, community service, probation, and/or a fine. Then upon successful completion of the program, the charges against your son are dismissed.

It does require approval from the prosecutor to be enrolled in the diversion program, but this should not be difficult to obtain.

Also, if your son cannot afford to retain a private attorney currently, then a public defender should be appointed to him at his first court date.

I hope that helps!

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