Drinking should always be moderated, which is why people under the age of 21 are not allowed to consume alcohol in the United States. There are a few exceptions in Georgia, including consumption under a parent's supervision, a rule partially designed to allow children to experience the disorientation caused by drinking in a controlled environment.
There are very few other exceptions to the prohibition on underage drinking. Some law enforcement officers or prosecutors will use underage drinking charges in combination with other charges to gain leverage over witnesses and possible co-defendants in other crimes.
Four males from Cedartown were arrested and charged with a variety of drug-related crimes after they were stopped by officers in a vehicle. Each of the four had cartridges of vaporizable marijuana, and one threw two bags of marijuana plant material when officers approached, which resulted in a charge of tampering with evidence.
One of the suspects is 18 years old and was also charged with underage possession of alcohol as well as the drug charges. Holding an open container of an alcoholic beverage is enough to charge a minor in the Peach State with this crime, although it is often coupled with other charges like underage consumption or driving under the influence.
Minors facing underage drinking charges and their parents may consider the benefits of legal representation at every stage of the process, from initial questioning after arrest to managing a defendant's interests in court. An attorney can clarify the consequences of some of these charges, especially if they are pressed concurrently with others by prosecutors.