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Savannah sets another underage drinking net

It's never a good idea to drink alcohol before the age of 21. Other than a few exceptions under Georgia law, such as drinking under parental supervision, minors are forbidden from intoxication for their own protection. Beyond legal issues, there are safety concerns for developing brains and people not yet used to controlling their level of intoxication.

But nothing bad happens in a vacuum. It takes the cooperation, or at least the willful ignorance, of someone to supply alcohol to minors. Beer distributors, liquor stores and bars are required by law in the Peach State to verify a customer's age before selling alcohol.

But this doesn't always happen. Some customers may have false identification, which is a serious crime in Georgia and elsewhere in the United States, but sometimes, the responsibility for an underage sale belongs to the seller.

Savannah police officers cited three businesses selling alcohol during an underage sales operation, which is a strategy they employ to check on establishments checking for identification. While 13 businesses passed the inspection, a few restaurants failed to check ID for minor visitors.

Businesses are often fined for these violations to keep them adhering to guidelines. But minors caught in possession of alcohol can face fines or even jail time if the offense is serious or part of a series.

An attorney is a valuable ally for children and their families when minors are facing underage drinking charges. Legal representation can help work with prosecutors on an acceptable sentence and take care of a client's individual interests if a case goes to trial.

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