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Teens find beach beer run finish line is behind bars

Engaging in underage drinking may be viewed by some as a rite of passage for those under the age of 21. North Carolina law does not share that point of view and neither do the police who enforce the law. The consequences for a person who is under the age of 21 who gets arrested for an alcohol-related crime can be greater than you think and long lasting. A strong defense is called for.

This may be something that some Virginia teenagers are coming to learn after a being arrested last weekend in the midst of an apparent beer run. 

According to the report filed by a North Myrtle Beach police officer, a group of individuals were witnessed riding in the back of a pick-up truck early on the morning of June 21. The officer says several of the people had open cans of beer in hand and he says there were open cases of beer in the bed. The officer also claims that there was an open case of beer in the cab of the truck.

According to the Horry County Sheriff's Office, 22 Virginia teenagers in all were eventually taken into custody. Most of them were booked on charges that included underage purchase of alcohol, underage consumption of alcohol or possession of alcohol by a minor.

Readers will note that this happened in South Carolina. As such, the penalties that might be associated with a conviction under the charges will be in accordance with that state's laws.

They may be different than what might be meted out in the courts of North Carolina, but that does not diminish the likely long-term negative effects for the defendants. 

Source: WRIC-TV, "UPDATE: Va. Teens Arrested in Myrtle Beach on Alcohol Charges," June 23, 2014

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