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Is it illegal for underage people to possess alcohol in Georgia?

If you're younger than the legal drinking age of 21 and you're spending your college years away from home here in Athens, then it's very likely that your parents warned you to steer clear of alcohol when they dropped you off at school your freshmen year. Your parents probably did this for a good reason. They're probably aware of some of Georgia's Underage Possession of Alcohol laws.

Georgia law generally prohibits the possession of alcohol by someone under 21. There are very few exceptions to this rule. A person younger than this age may not be charged with violating this law if they reside in the home with a parent or guardian who maintains a supply of alcohol within their child's reach.

State law also makes it unlawful for an individual under 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages. Anyone who provides beer, wine or liquor to someone younger than the legal drinking age may be arrested for a criminal offense for doing so.

It's also illegal for someone younger than 21 to procure a fake identification (ID) card simply to purchase alcoholic beverages.

The ID cards that are issued to underage individuals have a noticeably different design from ones provided to those persons of legal drinking age. State law allows retailers to confiscate any fake ID that they're shown. Any underage individual who uses such a card in an attempt to purchase alcohol may be charged with a criminal offense. That individual may have their driver's license suspended as a result.

A blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% is the legal limit for most adults in Georgia. That percentage drops to 0.02% for anyone under the age of 21. Anyone convicted of underage driving under the influence (DUI) offense may have their driver's license suspended for up to 180 days and face other fines and penalties.

Underage alcohol possession and other related offenses are quite serious crimes for you to be charged with. A conviction on your permanent record can rob you of your scholarships, your ability to find housing, land a job and in other areas of your life. An underage possession of alcohol attorney can help you hone in on defense strategies that you may want to pursue if you're at risk of losing everything that you've worked for in your life so far.

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