While youthful misjudgment is natural, it is important to remember that if a mistake rises to the level of a criminal charge it is essential to follow the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, who can help you avoid the life-altering consequences of a criminal conviction. For example, Indianapolis attorney Sean Hessler recently assisted a 19-year-old college student, who got herself into some legal trouble after she was seen consuming alcohol during a concert. Consequently, she was charged with underage drinking, which carries a possible penalty of 180 days in jail. She understandably did not want to face the grim possibility of jail or have a criminal conviction impact her education or even worse limiting any future job opportunities.
Defense attorney Hessler used his considerable experience handling underage drinking cases to facilitate his young client’s participation in a diversion program. After completing this program and paying a fine, the court will dismiss her underage drinking charges, so she can easily move past this transgression without the trappings of a conviction.
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.