My son is 20, and is living on campus at college two hours from home. He recently attended an off campus party in portage county, ohio. Law enforcement was called on a noise complaint and talked with everyone at the party. When the deputy asked my son if he'd been drinking, he admitted he was, he had to call us to get him, but since we were two hours away, they told him he could leave on his own, and that he would receive a summons in the mail.
Underage consumption is a crime, with very real consequences. An attorney would certainly help you navigate through the court system and get the best result possible for your son. Although your description of the events is brief, they do suggest a couple possible methods of attacking the charges.
Yes he needs an attorney. He is facing up to 180 days in jail and a $1000 fine. He is also facing having this on his record for at least the next year. An attorney can review the case and try and resolve the case in a way that would be acceptable. Another problem that often creeps up is that college students can be disciplined and even expelled for things that happen off campus. Your son should hire an attorney to assist him with this process. Good luck.
Attorney Chris Beck
Beck Law Office, LLC
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