Underage drinking is a serious issue, not only in California but across the country. Local and state authorities work hard to prevent minors from gaining access to alcohol. One way that they do this is by conducting undercover operations in an attempt to catch individuals who are willing to purchase alcohol for those who are not of age. Recently, two individuals were arrested by authorities in San Diego for supposedly buying alcohol for undercover agents posing as minors. Each of the accused may benefit from the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight his or her case.
According to a recent report, the officers and decoys posed as minors at a total of five different stores around the San Diego area on Saturday, March 12. During the five-hour operation, these individuals asked numerous customers to purchase alcohol for them. This process of waiting and asking is something often referred to as shoulder tap. While most people refuse, it is still a fairly effective way for minors to get their hands on alcohol.
As a result of the operation, two individuals were arrested and cited for supplying alcohol to minors. In California, the penalties for this include jail time, a fine and community service. At this time, it is unknown if court dates have been set for either of the accused.
While buying alcohol for those who are underage may not seem like a big deal, the consequences under California law certainly suggest otherwise. If convicted, a jail term, hefty fine and court ordered community service can certainly take a toll on one's personal and professional life. For the accused individuals, a criminal defense attorney may be able to help fight the charges at hand or seek to minimize the potential consequences -- allowing them to get back to their lives as quickly as possible.
Source: timesofsandiego.com, "2 Arrested for Providing Alcohol to Minors in East County", Cassia Pollock, March 13, 2016