Friday, April 6, 2012

Criminal Defense Against Under Aged Drinking

When a person is legally allowed to consume alcohol varies from country to country. For instance, the Australians feel that 18 years is the safe drinking age, whereas the Americans feel that it is 21 years. The governing authorities as well as the rules are different in the countries. The actual age seems to be irrelevant, because people under the age of 21 often get their hands on alcohol.

A comparison between the past figures and the current figures relating to the drinking habits among youth depicts the rising trend of it. Some people argue that the rising trend is a direct result of broken home families, media influences and a general desensitization to alcohol abuse in general. While others say that the higher number of underage arrests does not prove that more under aged children are drinking, but just that law enforcement is more strict in modern times. There are several reasons why those under the age of 21 continue to drink even though it is illegal.

These reasons can include peer pressure, inconsiderate propensity, personal problems, love life, academic issues, depression, aggression etc. The after effects of underage drinking are deadly, they include improper conduct, traffic accidents, rave parties, suicides, death, problems that relate to alcoholism etc.

We need to better educate the youth on the dangers of under aged drinking and teach responsibility. Criminal defense lawyers understand what is it like for under aged kids to be threatened with serious offenses and they work with the family and the child to receive the best possible outcome for the child.

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