For many students — both high school and college — it is not uncommon to attend parties. Often, nothing more sinister than sugar overload occurs at these gatherings. However, police in Minnesota have recently cited multiple people for underage drinking after they received a report about a party.
Police say that they were called to a residence during the early morning hours of a day in early October. According to reports, a caller reported that there were approximately 30 people at the home; it is unclear who made the call. Police claim that they spoke with the homeowner upon their arrival at the scene and received permission to enter the residence.
The officers who responded say that they observed evidence of alcohol consumption; they also claim that many of the attendees appeared to be younger than 21, with some looking under 18 and in high school. Officers say that they spoke with each of the 40 to 50 people present. In some cases, they determined that certain attendees had not been not drinking, and they were released. It is unclear how police determined that certain people had been consuming alcohol.
Minnesota officers issued 35 citations for underage drinking as a result of the party. Now dozens of young people are left facing the ramifications of the accusations made by police. Fortunately, even with the advice of their parents, many may feel unsure of how to proceed as a result of the citations. An attorney with experience with such cases can help guide them through the decisions that they must now make.