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Georgia’s alcohol exception policy for minors

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2020 | Criminal Defense, Firm News |

You may feel confused when you hear about the different types of charges minors can face regarding alcohol. Laws vary from state to state when it comes to whether or not a minor can technically ingest alcohol, and under what circumstances. We understand the law regarding minors and alcohol and can help you if you find yourself faced with a minor in possession, consumption or internal possession charge.

According to the Alcohol Policy Information System, Georgia is one of the states that allows minors to consume alcohol in some cases. While possession of alcohol by a minor is generally prohibited, there are certain circumstances where possession, consumption or internal possession is allowable. 

Many parents in Georgia feel that they would rather teach their children about alcohol and how to handle it within their own homes. As a result, a parent or guardian can give you small amounts of alcohol inside their residence. Your parent must consent to the use of alcohol and be present to supervise the situation. 

If the authorities find you with alcohol outside of your parent’s home, however, you may end up facing a “minor in possession” charge. Not only can a MIP charge go on your permanent record, but it can also cause prospective employers from hiring you once they see the arrest charge on your criminal background check. 

Fortunately, Georgia has many programs that may be able to help you remove that blemish from your record if you find yourself facing an MIP charge. More information about this topic is available on our web page regarding underage drinking.