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. It would be a shame if all of the hard work he put in to get to college and proceed to graduate from college could be undone with a criminal record.
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.
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A criminal record would be a real shame. You should hire a lawyer to get the best possible outcome.
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