I got an ordinance citation for underage consumption in Knoxville, TN. What should I do?

Asked over 1 year ago - Knoxville, TN

The officer who issued me the citation was a UTPD officer who never found me actually possessing/consuming alcohol. However, in the citation description, the officer put that I had bloodshot eyes and had an odor of alcohol. I have never gotten a citation before (except for a minor traffic violation). I'm worried that this will go on my record and I really don't want that to happen. What consequences can I expect when I go to court and do I need to hire a lawyer for this?

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  1. Stephen Alan Sauer

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    Answered . You should definitely hire an attorney. I assume from your being arrested by a UTPD that you are young and in college. While it's possible you could resolve this on your own, it's a gamble that may not be worth taking. The last thing you want coming out of college is any sort of criminal record. An attorney can very possibly keep this off your record. If you plan on any post graduate studies such as med school, law school, etc., they will want information about this arrest as would any future employers.

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  2. Ben Hyder Houston II

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    Answered . My colleague is correct. You should hire an attorney in order to help you defend against this charge. In addition to the consequences that he refers to, you can also have your license suspended for an underage consumption conviction. If you would like to call me to discuss your case my number is (865) 546-0011.

  3. Edwin Arnold Anderson

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    Answered . You need a lawyer. You're not the first person that UTPD has ever cited to Court on these facts and if the officer testifies that you smelled of alcohol, you're a conviction is imminent. (Judges tend to believe police officers over students). Unless you want a driver's license suspension, you'd better get a lawyer. My office handles these every year. (865) 522-9000.

    If you would like a consultation, call (865) 522-9000 to make an appointment. The information you obtain at... more

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