My question involves criminal law for the state of: North Carolina
My son was cited for possession of malt beverage G.S. 18B-302 (B)(1) in Cabarrus County, NC. He is 16 years old, and this is his first offense. He is an excellent student with 90% average, part time job, and does volunteer work. He did not consume the beer (nor did he leave the area), and his friend admitted to bringing it. All persons present were cited only for possession.
What kind of sentence is he looking at? Should we retain legal council? Can he get a change of venue to Teen Court? One of the officers mentioned Teen Court, but we are not sure what it is. He mad a VERY stupid mistake by not leaving the area, but we are trying to get through this with as little damage to his bright future as possible.
Any advice is welcome.