Believe it or not but spring semester is quickly coming to an end for college students in Ohio, which provides plenty of reasons to celebrate. Unfortunately, for most college students, celebrating involves consuming alcohol.

In fact, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that 80 percent of college students drink alcohol, and nearly 50 percent admit to binge drinking in the past 2 weeks.

Even though campus police know that alcohol plays a role at most college parties, college students can still get in trouble for alcohol-related offenses. Drinking alcohol is illegal for students who are under the age of 21, and they can face criminal charges for such behavior.

Although it seems like underage drinking is a minor offense that does not have much of an impact on your future, that is not always the case. Even minor charges can leave you facing serious consequences, such as potentially losing financial aid, losing scholarships, getting kicked off of athletic teams or getting expelled.

More serious charges, such as underage DUI, can have even harsher consequences on your life and future. That’s why it’s important to take all criminal charges — including those involving underage drinking — seriously.

Of course the best way to protect your future and stay safe is by avoiding alcohol until you are over the age of 21, and then drinking responsibly when you do reach legal drinking age.

But if it is too late and you have already found yourself in trouble with the law for alcohol-related offenses, it’s necessary to work with a lawyer who can aggressively fight on your behalf. Read more about how we can help on our website.