Just Don’t Do It! – Don’t Buy Alcohol for Minors! ©

I have been practicing law for many years in Metropolitan Atlanta and have come to learn of people who have gotten arrested for violating the state and federal laws in a number of ways.  Many crimes are committed by persons who are intending on doing wrong.  Then there are some who just don’t know the law and make a wrong decision that could lead to their arrest and land them in prison. No one plans to be arrested.  It can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

Are you prepared to deal with that life changing moment?  Do you know enough about the law to keep you from getting arrested?  Children get arrested too.  You can’t be with your child at all times.  Are you prepared to educate your child on how to avoid a situation that could result in their arrest?  Typically, you can avoid be arrested if you follow basic human ethics of respecting others personal privacy and property.  Do on to your neighbor as you would have him to do onto you. Let’s think about what you will do and not do if you ever hear the phrase, “Put your hands behind you.”  This is my tip on a particular situation that you should avoid or should precede with caution to avoid the possibility of getting arrested. — Just Don’t Do It!

Minors are not old enough to drink so don’t buy them alcohol. How simple can this be! It is illegal for anyone under the age 21 to consume alcohol. Any person under the age of 17 who is found to be in possession of an alcoholic beverage could be found to be a delinquent child. If an adult knowingly aids a minor in purchasing alcoholic beverages that adult could be charge with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. There was a recent story involving two teens who were killed in a car wreck that involved alcohol. The driver of the dead teens’ car was also a minor and was found to have had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit. Investigations by police into how and where the teens obtained the alcohol lead to the grandfather of one of the teens. When the police interviewed the 80 year old grandfather he admitted to purchasing the alcohol for his grandson and his friends to consume at home. The grandfather felt that the teens were going to drink anyway so he felt that it would be better if he purchased the alcohol for them to consume at home. Well, ol’ grandpa fell asleep and the teens left the house in their car to go visit some other teens that lived just a mile away. On the way the driver of the car lost control going around a curve and slammed the car into a tree. Two teens died and the other teen driver was seriously injured. The grandfather was remorseful. Still the police charged him with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. History has proven that not even adults can consume large amounts of alcohol and still be responsible behind the wheel of a car. Children are even less responsible when they consume any amount of alcohol. There is no logical reason for how an adult can justify assisting a child in purchasing alcohol. Too often we hear news reports of innocent young lives being cut short because of the irresponsible use of alcohol.   If you provide alcohol to a minor chances are something bad is going to happen, which could include you going to jail. Just Don’t Do it! Don’t by alcohol for minors!

Attorney Emerson Carey, Jr. has been a trial lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia for over 21 years. He is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of law where he teaches trial advocacy. Attorney Carey can be reached at 404-635-1112, 1-877-635-1112, and ecarey@careydobson.com.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice and does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.  Every criminal prosecution is based on its individual facts and requires an independent evaluation by a licensed, experienced attorney.