Underage mistakes are all but guaranteed, but it is important to remember that if an indiscretion crosses the line into the realm of criminal charges, the potential impact on a young person can be significant, including fines young people can rarely afford, the creation of a permanent criminal record that can hinder job searches, and even time behind bars. In these difficult situations, it is always best to find and consult with a veteran underage crimes defense lawyer who can offer practical guidance and will work to secure the best available result.
For instance, a 20-year-old man was attending a concert, when police officers determined he was using a false ID to purchase alcohol. While this may seem like a relatively harmless infraction, it resulted in numerous criminal misdemeanor and summary charges that could affect the young man for a long time. The man had the foresight to contact the experienced Indianapolis defense lawyers at Hessler Law, PC, to help protect his interests. Due to his client’s previously clear criminal record, attorney Hessler could enroll him in a diversion program that included a class about the dangers of abusing alcohol and once he paid his court costs and fees, the case would be dismissed and the young man no longer needed to worry.
The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.