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Two-thirds of businesses tested for underage alcohol service fail

Underage drinking is a problem in Georgia, as it is with many states in the country. The Peach State has a few exceptions to the prohibition of alcohol for people below the age of 21, such as tasting a beer under parental supervision, but serving or selling it to minors is a violation for both the seller and the buyer.

Several police departments around Georgia work to protect people from underage drunkenness and driving under the influence with checks on the road and in businesses. For example, Savannah makes regular sweeps of public places and distributors by seeing if minors are able to buy alcohol with proper identity verification.

In the last of these sweeps, 10 out of 15 establishments failed to verify the identification for minor purchasers. They included restaurants, pubs, markets and a hotel bar. Offenses have progressively higher fines for businesses who fail these checks. Places with more than three offenses risk the loss of their license to serve or sell alcohol to anyone.

Savannah Police's Alcohol Beverage Compliance Unit issues letters of congratulations to the businesses who are shown to comply with checks on underage drinking. The places that pass or fail are public record, which helps customers patronize businesses in compliance.

People who are charged with underage drinking may have a case to make in their defense against prosecutors. Everyone is entitled to an attorney to represent their interests in court. No one should have to face any criminal charge alone, and lawyers can be very valuable allies when going to court in Georgia.

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