Bad Dawg!

College football will be here before we know it, (can I get an AMEN!?!) but one Georgia player is already making headlines. Sophomore defensive lineman Justin Ledbetter, 18, was arrested in Athens, GA yesterday and charged with possessing a fake ID and underage possession of alcohol.

According to the UGA student handbook, he is facing a minimum of a one game suspension. Not too bad! Unfortunately, he could be facing much more serious consequences from the courts.

In Georgia, a first conviction of underage possession of alcohol is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $300 fine. A second conviction can result in up to 12 months in jail and a $1000 fine. A first conviction of using a fake ID to obtain or purchase alcohol is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $1000 fine. You can also be required to do DUI School, community service work, or a substance abuse evaluation. A bit more harsh than being benched during the North Carolina or Nicholls State game, I’d say.

The good news for #13 is many courts offer pre-trial diversion, conditional discharge, or other resolutions short of conviction in these types of cases. Melanie Ellwanger can help you navigate the legal system and try to obtain a favorable outcome. If you are arrested or cited for underage alcohol offenses call ME to discuss options in your case.

As always, have fun and stay safe!

Link to full article here.

Melanie Ellwanger is a North Georgia DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney. She is a former prosecuting attorney and judicial candidate. She has been ranked as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine 2013-2016. melanie@hiremelaw.com